Over the weekend Aurora, CO, witnessed incomprehensible violence. A madman opened fire on a crowd attending the premier of "The Dark Knight Rises", killing 12 and injuring countless more.
His is now in police custody. And "madman" is a description that fits him well. His apartment was booby trapped and a Batman mask was found among his belongings. A photo shown by the press clearly shows a creepy smirk. Perhaps he thought he was acting out one of the villains from the film franchise.
This tragedy also sparks the gun-control debate. And unfortunately, it always takes a tragedy before we talk about this issue.
Yes, it is our Constitutional right to bear arms, but when the constitution was written people needed weapons to hunt for food and to protect themselves in a lawless frontier. There is no reason in today's world that a civilian needs a gun for anything other than sports shooting. A weapon generally reserved for the police or military is not a weapon a civilian needs for hunting, sport or protection.
The governor of Colorado points out that nothing would have stopped this tragedy, that it would have happened anyway with another weapon, but the truth is we hear more about mad gunmen than we do mad bombers.
Are you for or against gun control?