Jul. 26th, 2012

Aurora

Jul. 26th, 2012 01:37 am
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I don't have a lot to say about the incident in Aurora recently. It was a tragic event. I do have a couple of comments, though.

First, reinstating the "assault weapons" ban (which did not actually ban assault rifles, which are already banned under Federal law) will not work. It did not do anything to alleviate the somewhat similar incident that occurred not far away in Columbine, after all.

Second, I don't care how many people carrying concealed pistols there "should" have been in the audience. They wouldn't have had any appreciable effect. The shooter was wearing enough body armor to make any such effort fruitless. Sure, there were small areas that were uncovered, but anyone who thinks that they could hit those in a dark room, with tear gas in the air, and the chaotic atmosphere that existed is deeply deluded. That said, if you don't try you can't succeed, so I'd hate to discourage the attempt.

Finally, the local people seem to be handling this much better than people far away. I suspect that this has to do with the focusing of efforts to help the locals deal with the stresses surrounding the incident, while others, who despite their real-world distance are still nearby due to the overwhelming media coverage, are not given the same benefit of support. After all, the people nearby are also experiencing the event through media (though it could be argued that they are also more aware that the places they actually go were affected, I think that discounts the empathy of those further away, who can imagine the events occurring in their more local area). As a result, those further away seem to be more affected because they have no socially sanctioned way of dealing with nearly the same stresses.

Anyway, this is a complex issue, and simple solutions are, as always, simple-minded and ineffective in dealing with such complexities.

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