Originally Posted by Warfish
I would caution against hype and hysteria regarding "influence". We're a very big country, with alot of guns, not alot of quality mental healthcare....an environment ripe for such events.
I would also caution against making more of one event, no matter how media-grabbing or tragic, and making more of it than it is. For example, as bad as a lone mask-wearing gunman who kills a dozen people may sound, it pales in comparison to the day to day drone of gun deaths and homicides in our country.
49 people shot, in one routine weekend, in our nations 2nd biggest City. 10 dead.
Gun violence is commonplace, sadly. I wouldn't give a lunatic like Holmes credit for something inherantly American, killing our fellow Americans with guns.
Condolences to the officer and victim in this event. Such tragedy is far too common.
But those are primarily individual events, granted primarily in a particular section of the city (Southside or Westside)..
The CO and AZ are mass shootings occurring in a "traditional" safe environment (a mall, a movie theater, a school).