On Friday 20th July, during the midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises at the Century 16 Cinema in Aurora, Denver, 12 people were murdered and another 58 were injured. Who was responsible? America.
Firstly, I’m certain there’s already thousands of articles and opinions about this all over the Internet, expressing various views. I’ve not searched or looked at any of these, because I’m not interested in what other people have to say about this.
The US are ever so proud of their army and the fact that they are constantly fighting terrorism. I mean, they are REALLY proud. I went to Sea World in Florida a few years ago and before the dolphin show, all previous and current troops were asked to stand up and were all given a round of applause. They call it patriotism. Don’t get me wrong; I fully believe that true heroes should be acknowledged and congratulated.
What I don’t understand about this proud country is the fact that it’s so easy to get hold of a gun. I also fail to understand why nothing has changed over the years in this respect, despite almost regular shootings at schools and malls. How many innocent people have to be murdered by a lunatic with a gun before the bright-sparks who decide upon such laws at Washington DC realise that it’s too easy to get hold of a gun? I don’t get it.
Information found here confirms the gun laws of Colorado, which is the state that Denver is in. These state:
Colorado allows a person to carry a firearm in a vehicle, loaded or unloaded, if its use is for lawful protection of such person or another’s person or property. [C.R.S. 18-12-105(2)] Colorado law also allows a person to possess a handgun in a dwelling, place of business, or automobile. However, you cannot carry the weapon concealed on or about your person while transporting it into your home, business, hotel room, etc. Local jurisdictions may not enact laws that restrict a person’s ability to travel with a weapon. [C.R.S. 18-12-105.6] The Act permits the nationwide carrying of concealed handguns by qualified current and retired law enforcement officers and amends the Gun Control Act of 1968 (Pub. L. 90-618, 82 Stat. 1213) to exempt qualified current and retired law enforcement officers from state and local laws prohibiting the carry of concealed firearms.
The above information is from the Colorado State Patrol website; their motto is “An Honour to Serve. A Duty to Protect”. It’s a shame they were unable to protect the residents of Aurora FROM the residents of Aurora.
So, as long as you keep a gun in your car for personal protection, it’s perfectly acceptable. Why, oh why, is any person ALLOWED to carry a gun for personal protection?? Where do you draw the line at personal protection? My definition of personal protection is going to be different to yours.
Because the Americans are too fucking stupid to realise that there are so many psychopathic citizens in their country and that questions aren’t asked when someone buys a gun or a shit load of ammunition on the Internet, this type of killing spree will happen again and again.
The Americans are so preoccupied with what’s happening in other countries (and let’s be honest, a lot of the time they get involved unnecessarily), they’re completely oblivious to the fact that they have a far bigger threat than terrorists in their own country. This threat is people who think it’s acceptable to allow any ordinary Joe to purchase a gun.
James Holmes started to throw gas canisters into the crowd during the first action-scene of The Dark Knight Rises before firing randomly. He is said to have been armed with a shotgun, a rifle and two pistols. He had also purchased 6,000 rounds of ammunition over the previous 6 months. All guns and ammunition were purchased legally.
Amongst the victims was a man who had survived a mass shooting only months earlier and a 6 year-old girl. It truly beggars belief and words cannot describe how angry this utter waste of life makes me.
In my opinion (and I’d be surprised if people don’t agree with me), it’s very simple. NO ONE needs a gun to protect themselves. If the law allows this, then obviously it’s an acknowledgement that the law-enforcement agencies are incompetent and unable to protect US citizens. If ANYONE can own a gun, there’s always going to be the chance that it goes off accidentally, that a child gets hold of it or that a lunatic, hell-bent on murdering as many people as possible, acts out his sick fantasies.
I’ve no doubt that there’s a similar proportion of psychopathic freaks in the UK. The only difference is, they can’t legally or very easily purchase a gun and ammunition.
So, America, bang on about your heroes, patriotism and your fight against terrorism. Just remember how patronising and ironic it is for you to do this whilst allowing the type of evil that resides on your own shores to go and purchase a gun before using it to kill a fucking six-year-old. The whole time a US citizen can purchase a gun for “personal protection”, the blood is on your hands. Please don’t be so shocked and surprised when another school, mall or cinema is the scene of mass murder.