What a terrible, terrible thing it was that happened this week in Aurora. For those who live in a cave, I’m refering to a young, academically gifted loner named James Holmes, who slowly accrued a stash of weapons, body armour, tear gas and 6000 rounds of ammo and opened fire at a midnight showing of the new Batman flick.
12 people were killed and 58 were injured, with some still in a critical condition.
What a terrible, terrible thing.
James Holmes’ mother, Arlene, said that although she was across the other side of the country, she had a gut instinct that her son was responsible for this heinous crime – the biggest massacre since the Columbine shootings in 1999.
I wonder what that means? She, nor police, are revealing exactly how she knew, but she does say she knew he’d been struggling to get a job of late. What changes did she see in her boy in the days, and months leading up to this atrocity? She must have seen something, felt something, or else she would never in a million years make the jump from hearing this terrible news to instinctively knowing it was her child. Obviously, she had no way of anticipating that her son would snap like this, becoming a mass murderer, and she is in no way responsible, but you can bet your arse she’s blaming herself and questioning her choices right now.
I guess it does raise the question of nature versus nurture, and I can’t help but wonder – what the hell happened?
What makes an, from all reports, incredibly bright, seemingly nice boy – a good son – carry out such pre-meditated horror? Is it just a flipped wire in his head? Or is he simply evil? We will never know.
Yes, indeed, my heart goes out to his mother and hope that she can sleep at night again some day soon.
Were violent video games to blame in the demise of this young man? There have been many studies time and again proving that the violence in these games desensitizes against violence and makes it seem the norm.
Not to make light of the situation, the reports I read only say this kid played ‘Guitar Hero’, and I don’t think that could be the culprit.
Although James Holmes is wholly resposible for his actions, I think we can most certainly point some of the dark finger of blame on U.S. gun laws. None of the Presidential candidates will touch the issue due to so much government funding coming from the Gun Lobbies. The adage “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you” appears to be biting the Nation in it’s arse.
Here, in Australia, illegal gun ownership, and subsequent use is apparently on the rise, but at least you have to be relatively wily to obtain it. This poor, silly, sick boy got his arsenal online.
From the comfort of his loungeroom.
God knows how he paid for it, but the evidence of his stockpiling is right there for anyone who’d care to look for it.
It truly is a terrible, terrible thing.
For me, I think of these poor people who went to the movies, all excited about a premier, and now their families will never hold them again.
It, once more, brings home that our time could be up at any time and we really need to ensure that the people we love know about it, and that we live each day with integrity and joy. Anything could happen, at any moment, but I pray to God that nothing like this ever happens again.
With that, I send love and light to all of the victims and their families.
I also send love and light to the family of the accused, because they’re hurting right now also.
Lastly, I send love and light to James Holmes himself. You may think this strange, but he needs it, for he is not right, and he has done a truly, terrible, terrible thing.