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heroes walk amongst us

… Every day.

The murders and shootings that transpired in the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado less than a week ago were unquestionably horrific and tragic, but the honest truth is that one person and one person alone bears the full responsibility and accountability for those events: the shooter behind the guns. The movie theater is not responsible for the shootings (though they are responsible for forcing their customers to remain defenseless while on their property). The movie producers are not responsible. The movie itself is not responsible. The NRA is not responsible. Gun owners are not responsible. The people who sold this murderous scumbag his guns/ammunition/accessories are not responsible.

Only the person who pulled the triggers is responsible for the deaths and injuries resulting from that action.

As such, Christian Bale was under absolutely no compunction to do this, but it shows the depth of his class that he did:

Christian Bale, star of the last three Batman films, met at the Medical Center of Aurora on Tuesday afternoon with seven patients injured in the mass shooting that occurred during a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises."

Hospital interim president Bill Voloch said Bale spent about 2½ hours at the hospital, where he met with five people being treated for their injuries. Two others came from Swedish Medical Center to meet Bale, who stars as Batman/Bruce Wayne.

[...]

Bale and his wife, Sibi Blazic, also met with a number of doctors, Aurora police officers and emergency medical technicians who were first responders when [name redacted] allegedly killed 12 people and injured 58 others at Century Aurora 16 theater early Friday. Bale spent about 10 minutes with each person.

[...]

Voloch said Bale notified hospital officials that he wanted to visit the injured but asked that media not be notified. "He just wanted to meet with victims and police."

That last part is key for me; he did not make this visit because he wanted the publicity and good-will it would unquestionably generate, he made this visit because he wanted to provide what support and comfort he could to those who suffered or helped those in suffering. In other words, this was not about him, it was about them.

For a product of Hollywood, that is pretty awesome.

However, the awesome does not stop there. Predictably, "gun control" extremists have been unabashedly dancing in the blood of the Aurora victims, trying to exploit this tragedy to generate support for their own failed policies. The good news is that despicable profiteering has not been working, and the better news is some of the victims* have rightfully shown that blood-dancing for what it is:

Michael Eric Dyson, guest host on MSNBC’s Ed Show: Do you think that there should be a push for tighter gun laws given the horror that you just endured and how it has impacted you personally? Do you feel compelled to push for tighter gun laws?

Jordan Ghawi, brother of victim Jessica Ghawi: Here’s the thing, we can try to politicize this and make some sort of polarizing debate and make this a tenet of the election, but that’s not what we’re here to do right now. We’re here to celebrate the lives of the victims that have been lost.

If somebody wants to do harm to somebody, they’re going to find a way to do it. Whether it be with a weapon, such as a rifle or whether it be with any sort of means we should actually start to think about why people are doing this. And the reason why they’re doing this is because they want their names out there.

Again, it is that last part that is key, and that is exactly why the Aurora theater shooter’s name will never be written on this site, even though doing so would unquestionably help my Google Page Rank or whatever that thingie is called these days.

The Aurora murderer did not kill all of those people because of the guns, or because he was "misunderstood", or even because he had a personal grudge/vendetta against one of the movie-goers; as his court hearing all-but confirmed, he killed all of those folks simply because he wanted the fame, and I will be damned if I provide that to him. Furthermore, as Mr. Ghawi points out, given the complexity, scale, and bloody-mindedness behind the booby traps the shooter left behind in his apartment, people were going to die that night, regardless of whether the Aurora murderer used a firearm, a bomb, or a can of gasoline and a length of chain. He had decided he was going to kill folks, and that is that.

But we are not done yet; the real bad-ass is Mr. Justin Davis:

Less than one day after he escaped the chaos and carnage of the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting, lifelong Batman fan Justin Davis was back at the movies with a sense of purpose.

Davis, 16, was accompanied by his brother and a friend to a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” at a different Colorado movie theater.

“I just want to finish it, and for all those men, women and children that didn’t get to finish it, I want to finish it for them,” he said.

Why did he go back to the movies? Because f*ck you. Or, more specifically, f*ck the theater shooter, which is exactly the right attitude to take. The more you deviate from your normal pattern, the more you do not do things you would have done otherwise, the more you succumb to fear, the more the scumbag murderer gets exactly what he wanted, and I very much doubt any of us want to appease that particular waste of space. So screw him. Go about your life, do what you were going to do anywise, and do not give a psychopathic murderer the satisfaction of having people who may be walking around, but are still "victims" rather than "survivors".

Yes, some spineless lowlifes are trampling all over the memories and suffering of those murdered and wounded during the Aurora shooting, and while they should be ashamed of themselves, the seem to lack the capacity to do so or recognize what they are doing is wrong; however, more importantly, there are a non-zero number of folks who are willing to stand up and be identified as Americans who are unafraid of mentally warped murderers and who know that banning the tool those murderers use is going to change nothing. I have no respect for the former, but, thankfully, the latter balances things out.

(* – And, yes, Jordan Ghawi is as much a victim of "gun violence" as Joan Peterson is, with as much moral authority to boot (if not moreso, since he has not demonstrated a remarkable propensity for lying and a rather disturbing psychological unbalancedness).)

7 comments to heroes walk amongst us

  • Sendarius

    I think you mean “…Christian Bale was under no COMPULSION to do this…”, and I agree.

    Classy indeed.

  • Phssthpok

    “…the Aurora theater shooter’s name will never be written on this site…”

    Quote block one, paragraph three, line two. You may have missed it in the copy/paste of a quote, but you may want to modify that to [name redacted] or some other edit.

    Just trying to help you out since I agree with not airing the name. ;)

  • @ Sendarius: I might have, but “compunction” works too, especially the second definition: “A pricking of the conscience”. He had nothing to prickle over, so…

    @ Phssthpok: Good call, thanks for the correction :).

  • Phssthpok

    Anything to help!

    One of the main reasons I don’t blog is that I can’t write for shyte (meaning I’m my own worst critic)…but I can EDIT like a mo-fo! ;)

  • Mark

    I respectfully disagree. Jordan is a survivor of violence, not a victim. Joan is a self-made martyr who uses anothers’ tragedy to cloak herself with entirely undeserved moral authority.

  • Mark

    And hey, that’s all she’s got. She couldn’t reason her way out of a McDonalds parking lot.

  • Oh, I completely agree that there are a number of marked differences between the two people, but using the anti-rights cultists’ definition of a “‘gun violence’ victim” – i.e. someone who might possibly know someone who might possibly have been detrimentally affected by someone else with a firearm – Mr. Ghawi definitely qualifies.



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