Let’s blame Canada! No…wait… We already did that when a chunk of the east coast blacked out some years back. Let’s blame Batman! Er…or you know, that Christopher Nolan guy, especially since he writes scripts. No…wait… Let’s blame Hollywood! Maybe we should just blame the gays! Or everybody who didn’t get to pray in school! Possibly the left. Maybe the right. All politicians! There we go!
That kinda sums up the past few days in the news, doesn’t it? And it’s just stupid. It’s just really stupid. We had a huge tragedy in Colorado, people are dead and many more wounded, some of them who may not make it. And instead of some (notice I said ‘some’) reporting the tragedy with any degree of responsibility and focusing on trying to help people heal, it’s been sensationalized and the hunt for someone to blame has begun.
Based on what’s been on the news so far, nobody could have seen this coming. The weapons the suspect bought were all legal. All the rounds of ammunition he bought were legal and didn’t raise any suspicion. The man was in medical school where they introduce you to the Hippocratic Oath, not a politician where you learn the Hypocrite Oath. So his background where it currently stands of what we know isn’t indicative of someone who’d do such a thing.
Now, getting into the tragedy itself, I posted on Facebook about it a couple of days ago regarding some questions I had. One that I posed is why there was a 4 month old and 6 year old (or thereabouts) child in the audience of a midnight movie. Someone pointed out in a response that it’s not illegal (it’s not, I agree), but might be considered questionable parenting. I’m going to agree with that, too. Okay, maybe these people couldn’t get a sitter or were hoping their child would sleep through the film. But here’s a thought, GO ANOTHER DAY. Did you have to go the midnight premier? Thinking no. And no, nobody probably would have batted an eyelash if what happened hadn’t happened, so there’s that.
Moving along, here’s an intriguing bit. Rep. Loui Gohmert (a Republican in Texas) believed the tragedy happened because of continuing attacks on Christian beliefs. He also wondered why nobody else in the audience was carrying a concealed weapon who could have shot the shooter since carrying concealed weapons is legal in Colorado. Okay…my head is spinning a little bit on this one. I don’t quite recall where the Bible suggests carrying guns or where Christianity in general suggest carrying guns, so if there were Christians in the audience, are they going to be in trouble for not carrying them? And, here’s another thought, maybe instead of allowing people to carry concealed weapons or buy them as the shooter did… I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this. The shooter may have found another means to buy a weapon, but even if he did, the outcome would have been the same since apparently nobody in the audience had a concealed weapon. Can’t wait to hear what the NRA has to say.
Libby Spencer ran a column in the Detroit News and raised the wrath of the right by stating the first thing she thought when she heard the news is that the shooter must be a fan of Rush Limbaugh. If you read it as a whole, she explains her point. Still, her mistake was in opening up herself as believing to be doing exactly what the other side was doing; looking for someone to blame. Rush had just gone on a tirade stating the character of Bane in The Dark Knight Rises is there specifically to help Obama in the upcoming election by… Oh, who cares? It gets so far-fetched that it’s almost bafflingly nutty. Several people responded to Libby criticizing her horrible left wing politics and trying to push her agenda…as if the right wasn’t doing the very same thing. I chimed in on that point and left a comment stating as much.
And in what I’m sure you’ll agree is by far the least politically motivated and most concerned about the victims of the shooting, American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer tweeted “Chick-fil-A provides free meals to first responders in CO. Let’s see Big Gay demonize that.” Sure, because the first thing first responders are thinking at this point happens to be “I’m hungry for chicken.” I wonder if any other restaurants offered the same thing before Chick-fil-A. I wonder because Chick-fil-A has been in the news quite a bit lately and not in the greatest of light, so who there decided to try and get a sound byte in an attempt to create some positive spin? No free meals for the people who were there, the families of the victims or anybody else? Apparently they aren’t hungry for chicken, but first responders are.
It’s all white noise, people. It’s all white noise and it’s blocking out the most important part of this whole thing; the people who were there, the people who are recovering and the people who didn’t make it. This isn’t about the people who weren’t there, the people in Texas, Chick-fil-a, the Big Gay (who I’ve yet to meet) or anyone else pushing their own agenda. Why it can’t it just be who it’s really about? And why can’t some of us learn to see who it’s really about instead of trying to push our name, agenda or company to get into the media?
Kage Alan is the Abducted watching, Asia listening author of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Sexual Orientation,” “Andy Stevenson Vs. the Lord of the Loins” and the first book in a separate series, “Gaylias: Operation Thunderspell.” This is a rare post today since it’s highly unusual for him to write anything resembling a rant. It kind of is a rant, but kinda not at the same time. He’s not entirely sure what to call it.