Early morning before work. Turn on the computer and check the news first.
Horrible mass shooting at a midnight showing of a movie in Colorado.
My first thoughts held images of terrorists hitting us at home.
the news went on and on.
One person alone, armed to the teeth, wearing the protective gear of a swat team member.
14 people dead and at least 50 injured the reporter droned on.
How? I wanted to understand just How this happened.
Why? Followed right behind how.
A young man. A student studying for his doctorate. 24 years old.
Oh, I thought. Oh. Not a terrorist.
How did he amass the guns, ammo, protective gear?
Isn't that supposed to be harder to get?
Someone on the television was saying that all guns should be banned.
No that is not the answer. There are laws to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them. Requirements before giving a license or permit to own a weapon. Instructions so one would know how to keep and store them. Laws. Laws that somehow get short circuited.
Laws that get ignored.
Safety procedures that are set aside by gun owners that sometimes have tragic ends.
So outlaw all guns?
A much too reactionary and simplistic answer.
Criminals will still have guns.
That is a fact as long as there is even one weapon on this earth.
It should be difficult to buy such weapons.
The law making such purchases tougher, should be near impossible in my opinion.
How easy was it for him to acquire so much ammunition.
Did no one see the red flags?
Are the gun laws so lax?
A reporter was speaking to someone who said all it takes to gather all those weapons and ammo is a credit card and a computer connection.
Let everyone carry a gun?
Part of me wished that someone was there with a gun.
But, remember, he was wearing so much protective gear.
It would have taken an expert shooters aim to stop him.
It is too easy to say that all guns are bad. It is not a perfect world. Bad people do exist.
The shooters mother said she was not shocked.
Sadness for the murdered people.
sadness for their families.
Loss of years together.
Anger. A slow anger. Not all at the shooter.
The shooter seems most likely to be suffering from paranoid delusions.
He heard voices.
No one could have really predicted this outcome.
Getting him help.
Help before this came to pass.
Now here is where the anger comes in.
Our government spends trillions on military.
More than just one trillion dollars.
Something like fourteen trillion dollars.
Mental health facilities are closing for lack of funding.
Funding that helps.
Getting him help was probably near impossible.
Difficult even when mental health facilities were abundant.
There are others out there facing the same demons.
Is there help for them?
Help before another tragedy?
You see them in the cities every day. They walk aimlessly about. Often talking to themselves, shouting at the passing cars.
Once there was help for them.
Places that could give them safety and medicines.
Sometimes enough help to get them back into the real world.
Those doors are shuttered.
But lets build another bomber......