I just finished watching a press conference by the Aurora Chief of Police, Dan Oates, his voice cracked with emotion at the end of his speech as he spoke of the trauma his officers dealt with very early this morning. He must be a very strong man to hold his composure so well.
Imagine a crowd, filled mostly with teenagers and young adults, sitting in a loud midnight movie, when the canisters (tear gas?) were set off, as a man covered in tactical gear walked up the stairs calmly shooting children, teens and adults with his AR-15 and 100 round clip (as well as a shotgun, and two .40 Caliber Glocks).
Imagine the horror as a mother sees her child crumble in her arms, and knows there is no where to go. Imagine as a teen girl looks to her best friend and sees blood dripping from her mouth. Imagine the first Aurora Police Officers on the scene, the chaos they stepped into. 12 souls lost their lives in those minutes and 58 other people were injured. This spawn of satan shot 70 people before anyone fully understood what was happening.
There will be plenty of discussion on why and what set this demon on his devastating rampage. Unless some information is gleaned that will allow police to discover a future mass shooter, I guess it does not matter very much why it happened. There is never going to be a good enough reason that will make us understand, that will bring the families peace.
For now on this page, I will not show his face, I will not give him publicity. Perhaps that is what he wants and he will not get it here.
Considering that I am extremely pro 2nd Amendment and author a pro gun blog encouraging everyone to become responsibly armed, these incidents bring all types of thoughts to my mind. Beyond the numbers of victims, the next phrase I heard that punched me in the chest was that the gunman seems to have possessed all his guns, clips, ammunition legally. I am a little curious about the tactical gear and the tear gas canisters, are these readily available to just anyone?
I have already heard countless liberal journalists step up on their platform to call for increased gun control, as if the gun took control of the shooter. I have heard everyday people question why parents had their children at a midnight movie, as if taking a 6 year old girl to a movie made it her parents fault that she was shot by a crazed gunman. I have seen comments on San Diego News websites blaming the mother, because her mother’s intuition told the police that they had the right man. Is it her fault if she realized after the fact that her son was probably responsible for this? While it is possible she had some concern before the fact, could she really have known the baby boy she raised was capable of this evil?
I do wonder if anyone had a Concealed Weapon, but because it was largely teens and young adults, it was not that likely. Even if someone had, it might have been pointless due to his body armor. Perhaps someone did, but they were incapacitated by the gas.
He is a madman.
He did it.
He is evil personified.
There is no one else to blame.
Let’s all take time to properly mourn and support those who need help now. When the discussion reaches it’s crescendo and everyone is ready to place blame, there is only one person to blame, the lone wolf gunman. He is the one who went to great lengths to plan this vicious attack, to plant explosives in his apartment, to possibly plant weapons in the theater, to methodically shoot victim after victim with no regard to age, innocence, or life in general. If there were no guns he could have used a car, an airplane, gasoline, homemade explosives, you name it.
He is a madman. He did it. He is evil personified. There is no one else to blame.