Let’s not call the Aurora shooting a tragedy. A tragedy is a car wreck that kills a family; a tragedy is a derailed train that poisons a town; a tragedy is a plane crash killing all on board. That’s not what Thursday’s monstrous act was – it was a massacre, it was an outrage. Some loony, nut case picked a gun-free zone where the pickings were easy. He didn’t “snap” – he planned it for months. That’s what gun-free zones do to Americans – they make them sitting ducks. 71 shot and 12 dead – if his gun hadn’t jammed, it could have been a lot worse – Doug Giles gets it right:
As the news starting pouring in about what happened in the theater this week when Satan’s spawn James Holmes donned Kevlar and a small battery of weapons and opened fire on an unsuspecting crowd, I kept thinking, “One fast-thinking and trained person who was armed/licensed with a concealed weapon could have stopped that SOB right in his tracks before the body count skyrocketed.”
Every time one of these massacres goes down I keep thinking “what if a guy or girl with a concealed weapon would have been there?” What happened in Aurora last night is why I carry one of my pistols everywhere, I mean everywhere, I go.
James Egan Holmes is a 24 year-old mass-murdering asshat from San Diego who is a recently dropped out neuroscience student. He is on unemployment. Some are saying he is a Black Bloc anarchist and tied to the OWS movement – I have seen no solid proof of that yet. I won’t go there and point fingers without proof as ABC did to the Tea Party.
Somehow miraculously, he was able to purchase an up-market AR15 (an M&P Smith and Wesson which retails for an average of $1500 give or take), a 40 caliber pistol (model unknown, said to be a Glock which the base model retails for $600), a shotgun (model unknown – approx. $400), a modestly priced bullet resistant vest (about $200), a gas mask (about $75) and some 6,000 rounds of ammo (estimated ammo cost around $2500). He also had smoke grenades (cost unknown, type and manufacturer unknown). How does someone on unemployment and broke afford all this, even with easy credit? Well, it looks like he got a grant and used it. It’s estimated in total, with 30 homemade grenades and other assorted explosives, Holmes spent between 10 and 15k on this stuff.
I have more and more questions… We heard this morning he applied for membership at a gun range – Lead Valley Range in Byers – and was red flagged a month previously. Yep, I know the guy was a genius and (as it happens) insane. I know his mom said that the police had the right guy, indicating that she had reason to believe that he was at least somewhat disturbed. But even if you knew your son was disturbed, is that a normal response for a mother? Before knowing everything? Yes, I know he has a Batman obsession and fancies himself The Joker. There are striking similarities between this brazen slaughter and a Batman comic from many years ago that featured The Joker shooting up a theater. But what I want to know is why after killing so many with so much chaos in play, did he calmly wait for the police to arrive? He could have escaped or committed suicide, but instead he just waited. Why did he rig his apartment to kill police who would investigate him and then tell them he did so? I want to know if someone let him in the theater and helped him. We may never know, but it also seems highly coincidental to me that this took place just as the Arms Treaty was being hashed out which endangers our Second Amendment right to bear arms.
And then comes the gun foes, like the worst mayor in America, New York’s very own Michael Bloomberg, who demanded to hear from both candidates on how they stood on the issue and then proceeded to push for massive gun control. The Washington Post said there was no sane reason for people to own what they dub ‘assault’ rifles. They were followed by The New York Times and The Huffington Post – all progressive publications that want to infringe on our rights and push their Marxist claptrap down our throats. Others followed: CBS, CNN talk show host Piers Morgan, Larry King, Arianna Huffington, Salman Rushdie and of course Dianne Feinstein. And our neighbors to the south – Mexico – are leading the pack at the Arms Treaty summit, acting as surrogates for Obama and pushing for massive gun control. Because you know, only criminals would then have guns, just like they do in Mexico.
In the end, sane people realize that it isn’t specifically the guns that are killing so many, it’s the evil, immoral assholes who use them. And if it wasn’t guns, it would be knives, bombs, poison or some other clever way of taking people out. The answer isn’t fewer guns, it’s fewer laws and MORE freedom to carry weapons for your protection. I guarantee you that if this dirt bag had thought there were armed people in there, he wouldn’t have tried it.
I can’t watch all this vulturism on the news. I grieve and pray for the families devastated by this terrorism. I weep for the 6 year old who was gunned down and for the three men who died protecting their girlfriends. I mourn for all of them. There is no good to be found here, none at all.
It hasn’t been that many months since I observed the increasing frenzy of poorly veiled encouragement toward violence by hard Left agitators, and my opinion at the time was that these people were hoping for violence, though I prayed they would be denied. I didn’t get my wish, instead they got theirs. A message received this afternoon from someone close to the California legislature reports that the jackals there were doing more than “hoping” for a violent event — they’ve had pre-written bills awaiting just such an event to provide the plausible cause to “ride to the rescue” yet again, imposing even harsher restrictions on the tools of self defense. Time to get out of California – seriously.
I wonder what has become of our country where this type of slaughter has become increasingly commonplace. Where we have evil leaders pushing Marxism on us and actively destroying America and her heritage. This is what is spawning this type of anarchist behavior. The Darkest Knight terrorist event is a symptom of the anarchist butterfly effect and it is spreading. Only more freedom, less financial suppression and turning back to God will stop this.