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On Tragedy, Blame and Politics

When you write a blog dealing with current events and politics, to ignore a major news story would seem odd. That is really the only reason I’m writing this short post today, as I would prefer not to enter the dialogue of how this tragedy can affirm my beliefs. All around the web and on tv, there are responses to the shooting in Aurora, CO similar to those that followed the shootings at Virginia Tech, and at the grocery store in Arizona, and at Columbine, and the like. Gun control fights are being waged on both sides of the issue. People are anxious to find out if the theater could have done more, if the shooter obtained his weapons legally or illegally, or what his motives were… people are anxious to find someone to blame. Some utilize the events as a grounds for sermons and a religious movement. I wish that we wouldn’t do any of that. When a tragedy occurs, we all deal with it in our own ways, and I would be remiss to say that any one way is better than another. That said, I’m fairly certain that grasping onto the tragedy to advance your own cause is among the worst ways.

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  1. July 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm


    When the Japan earthquake happened, I remember reading that the builders of the nuclear power plant didn’t build in safeguards for that magnitude of earthquake, simply because it would have been exceptionally expensive, and such earthquakes only happen once a century or so. I thought it through and realized that this was a good risk, a smart decision, despite the eventual outcome. Just because the freak earthquake did happen, and it did cause serious problems, doesn’t mean that it wasn’t the right course of action to build the way they did. You can’t go around preparing for things that are a zillion to one shot; it’s not worth the expense and anxiety to live your life that way.

    It’s too early to discern motives, but I doubt there’s much blame to be placed here on anyone other than the shooter. And it’s such a zillion to one shot that someone would bring tear gas and an automatic weapon into a movie theater. Who on earth would have protocols in place to prevent such a thing? Even if we raised everyone in a featureless gray box, no access to any influences either positive or negative, people would still turn out mentally ill.

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