A very old friend of mine posted this on her facebook wall with regard to the Colorado Massacre:
It's a common knee jerk reaction whenever some crazy person goes off the deep end and murders a lot of people with guns. Ban the guns!!! Well let's take her knee jerk reaction to ban all guns and go a bit deeper. All the news reports say that this guy still thought he was in a movie even after he was arrested, referring to himself as the "joker" and spitting at police. Reports also say that he "cheered on" on the bad guys in the violent movies that he watched before his murder spree. He was emulating and acting out what he has seen on the big screen. It would not be an enormous leap of logic to conclude that violent movies had a significant impact on how he viewed himself and the world around him. I'm watching the news right now and there's talk of banning costumes in movie theaters. Gee...what a brilliant idea. That oughta stop homicidal psychos from committing mass murder! Give that person a bonus! The guns did not walk into that theater by themselves and kill people, it was done by either a mentally deranged (or demon possessed) person. If he hadn't had access to guns he would have found something else to use like a Swiss Army knife (the weapon of choice of O.J. Simpson) or a butcher knife. Would we then call for the ban of all cutlery on the basis that it could be abused in the hands of a madman? Perhaps if everyone in that theater had been "packing" he would have been taken out after the first shot. I read of a town in Georgia that since the 1980's has required every household to own a firearm and learn how to use it. Their crime rate dropped significantly and they haven't had a murder in that town since then.
I have another suggestion. Since this guy was so influenced by violent movies like the last Batman, maybe we should ban all violent movies! For that matter, perhaps we should include violent video games and all music that promotes and glorifies violence! You know the old saying: garbage in/garbage out. Oh No! Those in Hollywood would scream (the same people who would be the first to demand a gun ban). That would be a violation of their First Amendment Rights to Free Speech! It's not the fault of violent movies, video games and music lyrics that these people submerge themselves in that cause mentally unhinged people to emulate the violent scenes they see in movies in real life!
We live in a society that is so saturated with violence we are all becoming desensitized and numb to it and then we wonder why people commit mass murders like this. We protect pornography (including child porn) as a free speech right then wonder why there are so many people committing rapes and other violent sexual acts. Human sex trafficking is at epidemic proportions (see Kathi Macias' latest book: The Deliverer"). We no longer just tolerate homosexuality we are now asked to "accept" it and gay marriage as inevitable and only fair or we are labeled intolerant. Homosexuality and all other sorts of aberrant behavior are on display everywhere and "in our face" and then the public acts horrified when people like Jerry Sandusky sexually assaults young men for over 20 years while his employer turns a blind eye. As the Bible states, if we sow the wind we will reap the whirlwind. Well we are reaping whirlwind folks!
We have kicked God (and with Him all sense of right and wrong) out of every aspect of public life and then wonder why He allows horrific stuff like this to happen. Where was God when that man came into the theater to kill all those innocent people? Which leads me to the title of this post: "Because lawlessness is increased, the love of many (for God) will grow cold. Things are going from bad to worse at an accelerated pace in every aspect of life here on earth. How cannot people see the hand of God in everything that is going on? It seems we are blind to all his warnings.
Christians, it is time to repent and live holy lives and tell others about the saving grace of Jesus Christ; the coming of the Lord is very near. The signs are all around us. He who has ears to hear; let them hear!