Responsibility and the Aurora Massacre

In the wake of the Aurora, Colorado massacre, people have been trying to come to terms with what led up to this senseless tragedy and what can be changed to prevent this from happening in the future. 

– Do we, as a country, enact strict gun control laws that limit the access of firearms?
– Do we, as a society, attempt to enact industry limitations on the amount of violence that can be present in television and movies that may end up inspiring such acts? 

Here is how the scene sounds when you remove outside influence: 
On July 20th, 2012, a man injured 70 people; 12 of them fatally.  

To change the scene, let’s say instead of a theatre, it was instead a synagogue, church, or mosque and instead of opening fire with a gun, Holmes decided to burn the structure down using gasoline and matches. 

– Would there be a sudden rush to enforce new regulations on the purchase of gasoline and matches? 
– Would the media suddenly put a spotlight on the potential influences of religion on what inspired this senseless act of brutality against his fellow man? 

The fact is that James Eagan Holmes could have just as easily burned the theatre down or blown it up using explosives either rigged throughout the theatre or attached to himself. The theatre could have just as well as been a Chuck E. Cheese Pizza restaurant, a YMCA, a bus station, or a coffee shop. 

Violence is violence. Murder is murder. A gun has never killed anyone. A book of matches has never caught anything on fire. A bomb has never taken a life. 

Let us all take a moment to pray for the families of the victims of the Aurora Massacre and for the continued recovery of those who were injured; both physically and psychologically. 
Let us all take a moment to meditate on how precious life is. 
Let us all take a moment to, as humans, take responsibility for our actions and remember not to blame our own misdeeds as a species on inanimate objects and outside influences. 

Shalom.