A radical approach.

On the day when the Aurora theater shooting occurred, I posted a Facebook comment that got more feedback than anything else I’ve ever posted.  It went like this:

A terrible event. This reaffirms my belief that positive, lasting change will not come from external forces like new laws or new technologies. The “bad guys” will always innovate and adapt. No, true change must occur in the hearts of the people. If we can become a little more civil to each other, if we actually get to know our neighbors, if we genuinely care about those we meet, if we take time to listen to the lonely and empathize with the hurting — perhaps we can help some turn before they become “bad guys” in the first place.

It’s true.  The politicians will give long speeches on the types of controls that need to be put in place.  From gun control to birth control, they will give their answers to society’s problems.  But the only true control is self control.  If we can instill an intrinsic desire to work with love for the benefit of those around us, our society can turn around in just one generation.

Perhaps that will require shutting off the video game and talking to the people around us – a radical approach.

I’m allegedly upset.

It’s been nearly a week since the horrible theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado.  Memorials are beginning, survivors are beginning to talk, and the media is thrilled to have a story to report and rehash over and over.

I have a big issue with one word the major media have been using: alleged.  I know that in the United States, our legal system is set up to presume that a person is innocent until proven guilty.  But this guy didn’t allegedly kill twelve people – he killed twelve people.  Nobody is disputing the fact that he is the guy who did it.  He is not an “alleged gunman” or and “alleged murderer.”  He is a murderer.

In a similar vein, let’s get rid of the word  tragedy, too.  A tragedy indicates that somebody has achieved greatness and then falls because of his own weakness.  It seems to me that a man who plans so intricately to kill random civilians is not a tragic hero of any sort.

He is a true coward and a true murderer – not an alleged one.


(EDIT:  I purposely refrain from using the name of the killer.  He does not deserve the fame we are so quick to bestow on him.)