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The Aurora, Colorado Shootings: Some Impertinent Questions

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The Aurora, Colorado Shootings: Some Impertinent Questions

By Ed Ciaccio

(July 21, 2012)

The cover of today's (July 21, 2012) Newsday features a photo of distraught Coloradans in the wake of the Aurora, Colorado shootings in which a gunman killed 12 people and wounded 59 at a midnight showing of the new Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises". The word Newsday has splashed across the top of this photo is "Senseless". Twelve innocent people were killed and many more were injured, some critically. Of course this was a "senseless" act of violence and wanton disregard for human life. Of course such an act must, and should be, condemned. Of course the victims must be mourned and the survivors, their relatives and friends, and their Colorado community, must be consoled and comforted for this horrific act. And steps must be taken to prevent future such acts from ever occurring.

Why, then, are we so complacent when millions of innocent lives are taken by equally senseless violence when it is perpetrated by our own country?

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Ed Ciaccio is a retired teacher who is active in the justice and peace community on Long Island, NY, and a writer whose work is featured at Dandelion Salad and has also been posted on Buzzflash and Information Clearing House as well as OpEdNews.

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