One of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history took place at a movie theater in Auroa, CO at a midnight opening of the batman moving, “Dark Knight Rises.” Twelve people were killed and over 50 more were wounded. It’s a miracle more people were not killed. I blogged my initial reaction to this tragedy on another site.
Ultimately no amount of laws and regulations can stop a crazy person from committing horrific acts if they want to, and there is no way anyone can make any sense out of the senseless loss of life. Why some people survived and others died is mystery. All we can do is pray for the victims, hug our own families, and hope we can learn something amount mental illness through this tragedy.
I believe wholeheartedly in the Apostle Paul’s words in Romans, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
I also agree with these words from St. Augustine, ”God judged it better to bring good out of evil than to suffer no evil to exist.”
What I don’t understand is the “firearms” debate that has heated up since the incident. On the one hand, no amount of laws can prevent a deranged person from acting. On the other hand, why do we make it so easy to buy a gun in our culture?
Our culture is a violent culture and that is what has to change.
May we adopt these words from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as our own:
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.
Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.
Through violence you may murder the liar,
but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.
Through violence you may murder the hater,
but you do not murder hate.
In fact, violence merely increases hate.
So it goes.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence,
adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.