One more thing about the Colorado theatre tragedy.
Our family went to see the batman movie Saturday night. It wasn't quite as easy to escape reality as it usually is. Purses and bags were checked on the way in, and during the first half hour of the movie I couldn't help glancing over at the emergency exit that had a new sign reading, "alarm will sound if door opens."
But before too long, it seemed like a normal night out at the movies again. And that's a good thing, but it's also a problem when it comes to doing something about these horrific mass shootings.
Once the extensive media coverage subsides, so does the debate on gun control. We stop talking about the number of deaths by gunfire in the United States being almost ten times more than the number in Canada, England, Germany, and Australia put together. We'll forget how easy it was for the Aurora shooter to legally buy heavy weapons---an assault rifle, a shotgun, along with two handguns from local shops, plus 6,000 rounds of ammunition on the Internet, including a drum magazine that fires 60 rounds a minute.
Who needs that kind of firepower? Hunters? Someone who wants to defend their home against an intruder? I don't think so. But the national rifle association and others believe we need to protect our right to bare arms.
When I hear that argument, I think about how we've had to compromise our freedoms when we fly--to make airports and planes safer. Isn't it time to think of making guns harder to get as giving up a little to make our country a lot safer?
Gun control advocates say Americans have to show more outrage. The kind we're hearing now, the kind that will soon fade away---again----until the next mass shooting.