I'll admit it. I'm apathetic to the massacre in Aurora.
I'm used to it.
I was shocked by Columbine, I was only a senior in high school then. I was shocked by the shooting of Gabby Giffords. Who else? I feel like I'm forgetting some people or incidents... wasn't there another shooting at a public school or something after Columbine? Oh, yes, there was the shooting at Virginia Tech a couple of years back.
Yes, once again, we hear of the heroic stories of those who were killed, sacrificed their lives for others, distracted the shooter, tried to stop the shooter, etc etc, and don't get me wrong. I'm sorry people have died and I'm sorry their families and friends will now have to suffer this pain of missing them the rest of their lives, but let's face reality: it's not the first time this has happened. And, it won't be the last.
I'm used to it. I see gun violence and intricate bomb plots on television detective shows all of the time, not to mention the movie theaters. No one wants to cross the path of the NRA and its batty costinuency to actually affect - dare I say it - change. No, we'll "mourn as a nation. As a nation of superior Americans" with subpar regulations on assault weaponry and say what a "horrible, senseless tragedy this is, but today, we stand together, political differences aside, because that is what makes us great!" again. And, again. And, again...
And, once again, a mentally unstable person who had access to weapons no private citizen should have, and ordered his ammunition from the internet, will be watched like the freak albino tiger in the zoo as he sits in court, his smirky mug shot is circulated throughout the media, and he is found not guilty by reason of insanity or guilty by reason of insanity. Yawn. Same old, same old.
This is our new complacent normal as a nation. We obviously don't give a damn because we're doing nothing to change it. Why to demand gun regulations would be - gasp! - Un-American!! How dare we demand safety through proper prescreening of gun purchasers? Will this solve the whole problem? No, but it will definitely decrease incidents such as these which are occurring with more frequency.
And, let us not forget that we as a nation will forget the victims within a couple of weeks as the flags are no longer flown at half mast, and the killer's trial is delayed for some such reason or another. We get what we ask for. This is it. I'm already used to it. Don't lie. Aren't you?