you are looking down the barrel of a gun, you would need to have serious mental
issues not to want to have your own gun, loaded and aimed back, ready to fire.
And, of course, to fire it.
reaction surely accounts for the rants I've read in numerous places, that we
should, in general, be armed with guns, in accord with one absurdly loose
interpretation of the Second Amendment of the Constitution--that document
written before Gatling guns were even invented, at a time when the population
of the U.S. was around four million, or close to 1/80 th of what it
a reaction is not unlike wanting to kill bare-handedly the assailant or rapist
of your sister or your mother. I sure as hell am of this mindset myself.
graphically, if attacked by a male mugger (it always seems to be a male, I note
anecdotally), I would make a supreme effort to relocate his family jewels into
his nostrils, or something at least equally unpleasant.
is precisely why society needs sensible rules. We can't carry on anything
called "civilization" without a set of guidelines to control our baser
have been reasonably obsessed thinking about John Holmes, whose extraordinary,
debased and deranged act shocked the country, and no doubt much of the world.
More brilliant than most of us, coming from an "above normal" background, the
man's motive can only be speculated on, perhaps forever, given our government's
secrecy and routine deception of everyone on just about everything. While it
would be wonderful for society to have more than speculation in developing an
intelligent reaction, I would argue that even without hard facts on "the
causation" of this event, certain "self-evident truths" come to any reasonable mind.
personal responses included: 1) Now is the time to buy stock in Netflix--no one
will be going to the movies, with the idea ticking in the back of their head
that some nutcase might waltz in and blow them away at any moment; 2) We have
here a perfect argument for ending the death penalty, as we need to study this
loonytune until we know every nook an cranny of his brain and genetics; 3) This
may well have more effect on America than 9/11, because 9/11 was akin to
another violent movie on tv; the Colorado shooting is something that could
actually happen to anyone of us and is easy to visualize (as opposed to 9/11);
4) What kind of drugs was this guy on? 5) Was Holmes merely reflecting what he
saw, in his relative intellectual brilliance, of all that is going on with
course I don't know Holmes' motive, assuming he actually had one, and I have
serious doubts that any of us ever will.
coming back to the view down the gun barrel: While this vantage point does grab
one's attention, a valid and warranted attention, it does not go nearly far
enough. And without more, such a view can only be held in a narrow or closed
mind, the deadliest mind of all.
back to a more removed and objective level, the kind we need for running society
in a rational and civilized fashion, a thousand questions come to mind. I previously
addressed the need to imprison and study this deranged individual. Understanding
that, assuming we ever do, we can begin to think clearly about preventing such
happenings in the future. By looking for those causes and taking preventive
action--even if they call for an overhaul of society and evaluating our relation
to ourselves and the rest of the world--we might have serious hope of changing
the world we live in for the better.
even without understanding Holmes in every gory detail, we should proceed objectively
and without emotion to ask if more guns in a theatre wouldn't simply increase the number of
nutcases "packing heat" around us.
be asking if guns are even needed in urban areas, and what would happen if they
were made illegal, with steep penalties for having them? What if they were,
say, ten times more difficult to get than walking into a local store and freely
purchasing whatever happens to be your weapon of choice?
ponder seriously if our military escapades overseas aren't the perfect example
of violence against innocent people, setting the stage for further events like
can and will of course wonder what we would do in a similar situation as that unsuspecting
audience was in. Would we have the brains, time, or ability to do anything but
eat more popcorn?
these questions leads me to this: We have been sent a warning shot over the bow
of the U.S.S. America, dramatically clarifying that we have utterly and
completely lost our moral compass, and have no bearings whatever, beyond perhaps
is as if we know we are going for a ride on the ill-fated Titanic, with
societal permission to take all the guns and ammunition that we want. Gold too,
should we care to haul it aboard.