From Jeff Munroe
In the aftermath of last Friday’s horrific events in Aurora, Colorado, I have heard several people describe the shooter as “pure evil” or “insane.” No one seems to be asking if our society somehow shoulders any of the blame for creating him. But tell the truth – were you really surprised when you heard the news Friday morning? Shocked, yes, but surprised? Don’t we endure a tragedy on this order every six months or so?
Malcolm X famously said, “The chickens have come home to roost” after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. At the time he was excoriated for his remark, but in hindsight he was prophetic. His observation about the violent nature of our society is even truer today. We entertain ourselves with violent video games, violent sports and violent movies. Should we be surprised when violence begets violence?
For those hesitant to look in the mirror this way, I have another question. Why do we allow our citizens access to unfathomable killing machines?