Lots of people have been writing and saying lots of things. Mostly about how the shooter in the Aurora, CO movie theater killings must have been crazy. Neighbors say he was a loner who rarely left his apartment. (I could say this about many people I know.) The usual, what a weirdo, he must be mentally ill.
And then there are a few other writers, many fewer, who have published pieces about violence in general. Why are guns and ammunition so widely available in the US, where there is, of course more gun violence than, say the UK, where there are tight restrictions on guns for civilians.
And, there’s always the mental illness factor–looking for the “crazy” in someone who would shoot up a movie theatre filled even with children. Some people have written that plain and simple, some people do horrible things. And they are correct.
People do do terrible things… Seeking a meaning, reason or explanation for violence in a society where violence is glorified – in the movies, in the military and elsewhere – is pretty pointless. People are hurt right now and want to blame someone, someONE, a lone person, someone crazy, or with a grudge. Someone with a “reason” to kill rather than no reason. Government officials, local authorities and regular people want to make everyone feel better that is was ONE person, a loner, a crazy guy who never left his apartment… so that they feel safe. It was a crazy loner, an isolated incident and now we can all go back to what we were doing and feel safe that it won’t happen to us.
All of this instead of addressing just how violent our society really is and how people sometimes just do really horrible things.