Guys, I’m not quickest horse in the barn by any means, and I rarely, if ever, weigh in on current events. But in the wake of this shooting in Arizona, I’d like to offer a couple thoughts. Can we just see that crazy is crazy, and there’s no rhyme or reason to it? Some people are just broken and sometimes tragedies simply happen.
Gangster rap and black metal don’t make healthy youth want to kill people. Ozzy didn’t make some normal teenagers take their own lives. Salinger didn’t make Mark David Chapman kill John Lennon, and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the dog that turned David Berkowitz into the Son of Sam. While I don’t agree with the Tea Party’s rhetoric, I also don’t think it would cause any sane, well-adjusted person to assassinate a political figure. With this many people on Earth, there’s bound to be a few faulty ones that slip past quality control and out onto the streets unchecked.
I’m not a gun owner, but I don’t agree with blaming gun control laws in this matter. Some feel it’s an issue of availability. “He wouldn’t have shot them if he had a harder time getting a gun.” He could’ve driven a car through the crowd, but would we blame Hertz’s convenient rental process? He could’ve made a bomb from instructions found in a number of books or online. Should we start censoring the internet or banning certain books because of how a mentally ill person interprets them? Sounds scary, right?
So that’s my unsolicited opinion. Sometimes shit just happens. There’s no motive, no blame, no “God” working in mysterious ways like some kind of aimless magician—just a senseless tragedy. Keep your brains in check and ignore all the spin our “leaders” are going to try and put on this to manipulate your feelings. There’s no sense to be made of it. Just appreciate what you have and who you have while you have it.