Colorado Gunman Kills 14, Injures 50 At Batman Movie
July 20, 2012 28 Comments
There is apparently a new Batman movie out. I just learned about it this week because of some comment Limbaugh apparently made. The left says it was a conspiracy theory, the right says Limbaugh exposed a Democrat strategy and we here at Steven Birn Speaks just don’t care. With all the problems facing the country, it seems a theory Limbaugh puts out about a movie is not all that important. In any event, at a midnight showing of the film in Colorado a gunman opened fire killing at least 14 and injuring around 50. (legitimate question of the day: Why is a 6 year old at a midnight movie?) We should all take time to pray for those injured and for the families of those murdered last night.
The suspect is James Holmes, a 24 year old with no prior contact with the police. He apparently showed up 30 minutes into the film dressed in riot gear, set off a smoke bomb and then shot the theater up. Holmes must have issues of some sort because his mother told the press that the cops had the right guy. We should note she lives in San Diego and isn’t part of a conspiracy with her son, presumably she had an idea that he was evil and/or had some sort of mental problem.
No one knows Holmes reason for shooting up a theater during a Batman movie. The film apparently has political connotations but it would be pure speculation to suggest politics played any role in this act of evil. For all we know we’re dealing with a bipolar kid who is off his meds or we’re dealing with someone who is simply evil and hellbent on self destruction. We don’t know what his deal is yet, just like we didn’t know what Jared Laughner’s deal was after he shot Rep. Giffords.
Not surprisingly the gun control crowd is demanding a restriction on our second amendment protections. Nanny Bloomberg wants Romney and Obama to restrict guns. Piers Morgan is apparently on board with gun control as well. This is the same response we get every time there is a mass shooting. Never mind that they have mass shootings throughout Europe on a fairly regular basis despite having strict gun control and in some countries outright bans. Criminals always find a way to get guns, by definition criminals aren’t much interested in following the law. Thus gun possession is just another in a long line of criminal disrespect of the law in places with strict gun control.
In fact, this mornings shootings provide an argument for gun possession. If one one of the movie patrons had a gun on him, he could have shot Holmes dead and saved lives. If Colorado had lots of people carrying weapons, would Holmes have still gone to the theater last night? It’s very easy for a criminal to take advantage when they know no one can protect themselves. When they fear people will use force, criminals tend not to engage in criminal acts. Would that fear have stopped James Holmes? We’ll never know that but we do know that when conceal carry laws are enacted crime rates drop.
We should not try to turn this tragedy into a political issue nor should we try to score cheap political points on the tragedy. We should pray for those injured, especially those fighting for their lives in hospital today. We should pray for the families of those who are dead. We should also not forget to pray for James Holmes, that God would call him to repent of this wicked act and turn to Christ for forgiveness. We should not turn this into a big battle for gun control, nor should we try to make this into some sort of political issue because of the content of the Batman movie. There are evil people in the world, Holmes is one of them. Sometimes they simply act.
Update 1: While ABC News speculates that Holmes might be a member of the Tea Party (because of course all gunmen must be conservatives) word comes out that a 1986 Batman comic had the exact same storyline as this morning’s shooting. Perhaps Holmes was a deranged, evil person who copied a scene from a comic book.
Update 2: Since this post was written it has been determined that so far 12 people have died and 58 have been injured. It sounds like some of those injured may be in very critical condition so make sure to keep them in your prayers.