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Friday, July 20, 2012

The Colorado Shootings

The sort of horror we saw in Aurora seems to be becoming a more and more frequent staple of modern life. Few places seem immune from this sort of crime, be it the US, Norway, France, Canada, Germany or just about anywhere else you care to name. Sometimes these crimes have a motive, twisted, but, nevertheless, a motive we can sort of understand. Most of the time, however, they are carried out by some sore loner loser and all efforts at understanding get rebuffed. I suspect the Aurora shooting will be in the last category, and in the end we will never know what led James Holmes to kill a dozen people.

Most of the media seems to be doing a responsible job with a few exceptions. Some idiots on ABC and MSNBC, and in the blogosphere, could not resist trying to link the shooting to the Tea Party. Those people should be ashamed of themselves if they have that ability. The same people who were so scrupulous about not attributing to Islam Nidal Hasan's Fort Hood rampage carried out while shouting "allah o akbar" should keep their mouths shut about the Aurora shooting.

This is not a time for politics or seeking an edge. This is a time for mourning.

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