I’ve watched the simmering pot boil over this weekend and not said anything, partly because all of the facts aren’t in (and probably will never be in) and partly because a lot of people have such a difficult time comprehending how someone can go into a public place and do such a thing.
This isn’t a pro-gun rant (though, if not careful, could turn into one), nor is it an anti-gun rant (again, same rules apply). This is a “why our country is great” post.
You see, if something like this had happened throughout the rest of the world, condemnation would come immediately (as it did here). However, anyone with a dissenting opinion which differed from the accepted thought process of the masses here is simply argued with (sometimes shouted down, sometimes respectfully disagreed with). Elsewhere in the world, that person would be arrested and charged with a hate crime, or worse, they’d be put on trial and stoned/shot/fined/incarcerated.
Freedom. We cherish it, and we should remember that freedom comes with responsibility. If we continue to push the responsibility onto others and not take our own actions into account, disassociation from society will begin to occur and events such as the Aurora shooting will come about. The same thing happened at Columbine: two kids refused to accept responsibility for their freedoms (and the freedom of others) and reacted.
I’m not excusing either of their actions. Far from it, actually. I’m blaming the individuals involved. I’m not blaming President Obama, the NRA, the City of Aurora, Columbine High School. I’m blaming the individuals for what they did. They all choose to deny the freedom of others, as well as be unaccountable for their own freedoms, one of which includes, yes, owning a firearm.
I hope that society doesn’t overreact and push more securities on a country already reeling from too little liberty at the moment. I wish that, should I ever pollute this world with spawn of my own, that they can grow up in a free country and not one so burdened with political correctness and safety measures that their individual growth into wonderful and productive human beings isn’t stifled. I dream that we, as a nation, can learn from this and think about how we can accept our responsibilities towards our continued freedoms. And lastly, I call upon all of us to remember those who died, and ignore the ones who committed these horrible crimes. For with the death of their memory comes the healing process for those who remain.
Our country will remain great so long as freedom reigns. Our freedom will remain so long as we continue to be individually accountable for it.
Amerika ist wunderbar.