The Colorado shooting makes everyone of us feel shocked and sad at what the violent extremists are out to do inhuman, unthinkable acts of brutality. Among the dead were a 6-year-old girl who had just learned to swim, a young man celebrating his 27th birthday and an aspiring sports-caster who missed by minutes being on the scene of a Toronto mall shooting earlier this summer. The President Obama said. “It was an opportunity for families to describe how wonderful their brother or their son or daughter was, and the lives that they had touched and the dreams that they had held for the future.” The unfortunate victims deserve sympathy, help and justice.
On July 20, 2012 a mass shooting rampage occurred at a Century Movie Threater in Aurora, Colorado, during a midnight screening of the film “The Dark Knight Rises”. A gunman, dressed in tactical clothing, set off tear gas grenades and shot 70 people in the audience with multiple firearms, killing 12 and injuring 50 others.
The gunman threw a canister emitting a gas or smoke, partially obscuring the audience member’s vision, making their throats and skill itch, and causing eye irritation. He then fired a 12-gauge Remington 870 Express Tactical shotgun, first at the ceiling and then at the audience. He also fired a Smith & Wesson M&P12 semi-automatic rifle with a 100-round drum magazine, which malfunctioned after reportedly firing less than 30 rounds. Finally, he fired a 40-caliber Glock 22 handgun. He short first to the back of the room, and then toward people in the aisles. Some bullets passed through the wall and hit people in the adjacent theater 8, which was screening the same movie. Witnesses said the multiplex’s fire alarm system began sounding soon after the attack began and staff told people in theater 8 to evacuate.
The sole suspect is James Eagan Holmes, who was raised in San Diego, California and 24 at the time. Holmes has no criminal record. According to media report, they had found few digital footprints left by him, other than a university e-mail address and an old Myspace photo. He bought guns and ammunition legally – the guns at local gun shops and the ammunition online. He had purchased nearly 7,000 rounds of ammunition in 60 days before shooting. Less than a month before the shooting, he applied for membership at a private gun range, although he did not follow up. He told detectives that he took 100mg of vicodin, a prescription painkiller, before the shooting. He had been seeing a psychiatrist at the University of Colorado prior to the incident.
As per Reuters, residents gathered and one of them said: “We’ve become aware that the suspect over the last four months received a high volume of deliveries to both his work and home addresses. We also think it begins to explain some the materials he had in his apartment. What we’re seeing here is evidence of some calculation and deliberation.” Oates said.
This tragedy serves as a brutal reminder of how violence and aggression are glorified in Hollywood blockbusters. There is extensive research to prove how viewers, especially young children, are susceptible to act out the violence in real life. What happened in the Aurora theater shows the deep impact that incurs. The demarcation between reality and fantasy got blurred. As some victims pointed out, that at certain points during the shooting spree, the chaos- on and off the screen, merged. The United States of America has the weakest gun laws amongst the most nations of the world. Strict gun laws are the best solution without disrupting people’s right to bear arms and exercise their state rights.
An evangelical spokesperson for a religious group known as “Truth In action” has claimed that the tragedy in Colorado happened because America has lost its fear of hell. In an article published on OneNewsNow, evangelical Jerry Newcombe wrote: “I can’t help but feel that to some extent, we’re reaping what we’ve been sowing as a society. We said to God, “Get out of the public arena.” Lawsuit after lawsuit, often by misguided “civil libertarians,” have chased away any fear of God in the land — at least in the hearts of millions.
Newcombe is not alone in reacting this way to the shooting in Aurora that claimed 12 deaths and left dozens of people injured. On the day of the shooting Rep. Gohmert of Texas also insisted that the shootings are the result of “ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian Beliefs”
But the views of the Evangelical leader are not acceptable for the overwhelming society. His words sounded like the inhuman act of distributing sweets inside walled locality, by the extremists of the town of Lahore Pakistan. It reminds when on Friday, May 28, 2010, attacks occurred, over 88 people were killed and 120 were seriously injured in twin gun-and-bomb attacks simultaneously at two mosques belonging to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at in Buitun Nur Mosque, Model Town and the Darul Zikr Mosque in Gari Shahu, Lahore Pakistan. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) forces entered the both mosques but failed to demolish or damage the building despite massive human causalities. Lack of security meant they easily infiltrated both the Mosques, 15 km apart. At one time up to 3000 people were reported to be hold up in the mosque during the firing. Yes rightly said the mullah of all religions are of limited mind and mean thinking. Islam condemns violence extremism and the taking of innocent lives, and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community rejects any claims from extremists that they are following Islamic principles.
Therefore, the best way we can honour those who lost their life in the service of their faith and nation is to ensure their lives were not lost in vain. Let their life — and death — serve as an inspiration towards eradicating violence, war, bloodshed and injustice throughout the world. What better way to remember and honour those who have died while serving their nation or faith than to dedicate their memory to saving the lives of others?