The deadly shootings in Aurora Colorado caused the Republican as well as Democratic campaigns to come to a screeching halt and express a somber response to the families and loved ones in mourning in Colorado. A senseless mass murder in a theater packed with people out to have a good time. It is enough to cause anyone to consider and realize how fradual life is, and how in a mere blinking of an eye we might be gone, the victim of a tragic accident, disease or a horrific event such as this.
No one seems to be able to explain what the motives were behind this senseless violent act against humanity. The killer, a young medical student has said nothing, refuses to say anything, and is in solitary confinement in a jail cell. As a result questions are being raised. For most among them are how did this young man, who obviously took time and carefull, methodical planning, pull off such a spectacular event without anyone questioning why he was buying guns and explosives, and bullet proof flak jackets? It is one thing when an individual purchases one or two weapons, an M-14 and a Glock. But an estimated $15,000.oo dollars in weaponry and explosives, without the slightest inquiry? How was it possible for this guy to enter the theater, and rig an exit door, to open from the outside without raising an eyebrow. Did he have an accomplice? And most important, what was his motive? Those are questions that will be answered hopefully in the future. Right now though a nation mourns and wonders what it is that causes an individual to commit such an act. What goes through his mind? What happened in his head that caused him to go way off the deep end?
“Our time here is limited and it is precious. And what matters at the end of the day is not the small things, it’s not the trivial things,” President Obama said. “Ultimately, it’s how we choose to treat one another and how we love one another.”
Mitt Romney the Republican candidate for President echoed Obama’s call for unity, saying at a previously scheduled event in Bow, N.H., that he joined with the president and first lady in offering condolences for those “whose lives were shattered in a few moments, a few moments of evil in Colorado.”
“The answer is that we can come together. We will show our fellow citizens the good heart of the America we know and love,” Romney said.
Today there is anger and frustration. People ask why. However, it goes without saying that another response to this horror will be the renewed discussion of Gun Control and Gun Rights.
While both candidates have in the past dealt with this issue, Romney as a Governor and Obama as a Senator, there are those saying that most Americans are tired of the won-ton violence going on all around us. I have to concur. So am I. I hear about senseless murder over nothing more than a mere disagreement, or misunderstanding or stupid remark. The vengeance, the anger, and lack of conscious seems to have infiltrated or society, especially in our big cities, and especially with our youth.
President Obama said that we have to use common sense measures that protect Second Amendment rights of Americans, while ensuring that those who should not have guns under existing law do not get them.
Mr. Romney contends he believes that the best way to prevent gun violence is to vigorously enforce our laws.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in a radio interview, urged the president and his challenger to address gun violence forcefully. He said “You know, soothing words are nice, but maybe it’s time that the two people who want to be president of the United States stand up and tell us what they are going to do about it, because this is obviously a problem across the country.”
In the end, questions such as these are being raised across the nation. That’s ok. But what we can not do or allow is anyone to tear our social fabric apart. We can never allow the senseless act of one lone deranged individual to succeed in destroying basic liberties of American citizens. While we must find ways to restrain the ability of certain persons from having weapons, we can not destroy our Second Amendment rights in an effort to remove guns from our society. If we do….They win. You and I the citizens of this great country loose. We can not allow anyone to take our basic rights away from us, no matter what those rights are. Nor should we give them away in response to such a horrific event like that in Colorado.
However, now is a time for us to express our sorrow as well as support for those families, loved ones and friends who lost someone in this awful event. My prayers are with them at this trying time. And yes, while it is time for us to reflect, it is not time for us to over react by demanding the imposition of laws that destroy the rights of responsible American citizens.
That’s my point of view. I look forward to your insight on this issue as well. Until then…..Pray for the people of Colorado. Pray for our nation. Hug your kid and loved ones a little tighter tonight……..and as usual Pray that God Blesses America!
Have a good night friends.