It's been almost two weeks since the shootings in Aurora, and we're only beginning to piece together the narrative of James Holmes' crimes. If Dave Cullen's "Columbine" has taught us anything, it's that it may be years before the whole picture finally emerges, and even then there's no guarantee we'll find anything approaching understanding.
What we do know is that a 24-year-old, white man from an affluent San Diego family has been charged with 24 counts of murder after killing 12 people and injuring another 58 during a shooting spree in a Colorado movie theater. We also know that gun violence is an epidemic in this country, and that we can no longer expect our politicians to do anything to cure it.
Open Salon wants to know: Have you been personally affected by gun violence? What has your experience taught you about the values of your family or community?
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