The Colorado cinema killings, the “Batman Gun Event” has raised yet again the question of whether people should be able to own handguns, given that Colorado law, for example, lets people possess a firearm in a vehicle, home or business and occurred just a short distance from Columbine High School where 13 people were shot in 1999.
But could the right willpower and gun laws actually prevent the Batman Cinema killings?
Police said the alleged gunman had three guns, including a Remington shotgun, a Smith & Wesson M&P assault rifle, and a Glock 40-caliber handgun. The assault rifle alone is like the military’s M-16 and could create even more devastating mayhem than was caused already.
As Jennifer Rubin wrote in the Washington Post:
“You can talk about “reasonable gun control laws,” all you like, but we should get past the idea that such laws would have prevented the slaughter..In the specific case of Aurora, do we really think that the suspect who allegedly booby-trapped his apartment to the hilt couldn’t have come up with destructive devices — even if no gun was available — sufficient to kill many people? Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) answered CNN’s Candy Crowley about gun control this way: “[I]f there were no assault weapons available, and no this or no that, this guy is going to find something, right. He’s going to know how to create a bomb. He’s going to — I mean, who knows where his mind would have gone? Clearly very intelligent individual, however twisted . . . [T]his is a human issue, in some profound way that this level of disturbed individual that we can’t recognize it, that the people around him obviously had no idea that this was something that he was capable of.”
“But the notion that there is no easy fix, perhaps no gun control fix at all, to prevent these incidents is frightening. Nevertheless, legislation is not psychotherapy; it should be effective and designed to address its stated purpose.
“The good news is that in general we’ve been remarkably successful in reducing crime, murder and gun fatalities over the last few decades. We know why:
In the past 20 years, for instance, the murder rate in the United States has dropped by almost half, from 9.8 per 100,000 people in 1991 to 5.0 in 2009. Meanwhile, robberies were down 10 percent in 2010 from the year before and 8 percent in 2009.”
Whatever the statistics, the gun law debate will rage more furiously than ever with the Colorado shootings.