I woke this morning at 4:30AM for an early conference call. One of the first things that I do when I log on in the morning is check the former MSNBC.Com (now NBCNews.Com) to get a picture of the latest happenings in the world. In a horrifying manner, Colorado was once again at the top of the news. This time for yet another bloody, disgusting mass murder. This time instead of the confines of a high school, the mass murder occurred at a movie theater. As of 5:20AM the news is that 15 people were murdered and dozens wounded during a screening of the newest Batman movie. (The number killed has thankfully been revised down to 12 as of 6:30AM - I don't think they have an accurate count yet.)
Granted the United States is not the only country in which these kinds of ridiculous mass murders occur, but we seem to be one of the few countries in which these happen for reasons other than political, religious or terrorism. Why does this country excel at producing mass murders for what is essentially the thrill of it all? What is it about our society that drives people to kill for no reason?
In the coming hours, days and weeks there will be a large amount of speculation why all this happened. There will be the statements that if we didn't have large numbers of guns in American society this won't happen. There will be the statements that guns don't kill people, people kill people. We'll hear the same things that we heard 13 years ago after the Columbine High School shootings.
There won't be any definitive answers of course. There will be some symbolic steps taken to prevent this from happening again, but in the end run it will be just one mass murder out of many. It's pathetically sad and doesn't speak well for Colorado and the entire American society.
I don't have any answers or any opinions except sadness, sorrow for those killed and frustration that this has happened yet again. Each time this happens the hope that I always have for the future takes a hit.
How absolutely sad. How absolutely sorrowful for all the families that are getting those horrible phone calls or knocks on their front doors. Nothing that anyone says is going to make this better or take away the pain.
My thoughts and prayer to all those who affected by this horrible situation!