Dateline: Aurora, Colorado, July 20, 2012 – A gunman dressed all in black and wearing a gas mask massacres 12 people attending a midnight premier showing of the “Batman, The Dark Knight Rises”, and injures at least 50 more at the Century Theaters in Aurora. This was also in a place that is a “Gun Free Zone”, as Century Theater posted a “No Guns Allowed” sign on the front doors.
Yet another tragic mass shooting, this time involving what appears to be an otherwise sane person by all initial accounts, who for some unknown reason shot theater goers in the Rocky Mountain metropolitan city of Aurora, Colorado.
As usual the media jumped right in with its usual slipshod, inept attempt to investigate the incident and the shooter that only resulted in journalistic malpractice. Early Friday Brian Ross with ABC News checks out the name James Holmes on his I-Phone and finds one of the James Holmes listed is an active TEA Party member, so he gleefully reports that he is the “Batman Killer”. Oops! Didn’t check his facts again. Turns out he wasn’t the same guy. Just the possibility that the TEA Party could be tarnished and tied to this was enough to send Brian Ross into a frenzy and report to the world that the Batman Killer is a major TEA Party member. He later had to apologize. But I digress.
The next words out of the reporters mouths was that the gunman was carrying an “assault rifle” thought to be an AR-15 that shoots high velocity ammunition along with a pistol and a shotgun, that were bought “legally”. Now the word “legally” is added strategically. Their agenda is to put blame on the guns that are ‘so prolific’ in our society – in their minds. And the fact that someone could buy what they call an assault rifle legally is undoubtedly going to be brought the forefront in the media reporting in the next few weeks. Journalists are no doubt chomping at the bit at the notion that they are going to be able to start calling for more gun control, more extensive background checks, new gun laws, waiting periods, gun limits and wait for it – a renewal of the “assault rifle ban”.
Yes, an “assault rifle ban” just like the one that expired in the ‘90s. After all, their mantra is “let no tragedy be wasted”. They’re not going to let this go unanswered. In a press conference this afternoon, the Aurora Police Chief said that it now up to us to now start “pushing back”. Pushing back?? What the hell does that mean? I’ll tell you what that means. They are going to start the call for more gun control laws. Liberal legislators are going to be more than eager to answer the call.
So let’s just see how long before we see the first news report on calls for new gun legislation. I give it two – three days tops. After all, it is a weekend coming up.