There will always be those who strive to exact their frustrations upon others in an effort to right the wrongs their malnourished minds create. And there is often little anyone can do — short of removing themselves entirely from society, which beckons its own form of madness — to avoid every possible dangerous scenario a free society has in store.
Now is not the time to legislate, grandstand, argue and fret over box-office records. One hopes against hope that a measured response and common sense will prevail, not calls for banning 3-month-old babies from theaters or prohibiting midnight movie premieres.
Not 48 hours removed, sadly, and we’re already programmed how to respond.
As we prepare for the candlelight vigils, the nightly news conferences where another local sheriff becomes a nationally known spokesperson and the election-year grandstanding by politicians in the name of those who died, let the rest of us remember that this is about people.
And let’s keep a town, much like ours, in our prayers as it enters the lexicon of our society as yet one more incomprehensible, unexplainable act of violence.
PATRICK CANEDAY doesn’t have any answers. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more at www.randomthoughtsonbeinghuman.com.