Aurora Detritus

There’s so much to process online in reference to the Aurora, Colorado tragedy. Below, I’ve collected some of the weird reactions to the event.

From Facebook (and I know you’re a nice person– just thought it was a weird post):

John Smith

This week has been terrible.

(LINK to a restaurant being closed)


John Johnson

While there was tragic news of violence today, I was pleased to be able to teach an improv class…


Jake Jarmel

Why does a theater even let kids in that late at night? Some things don’t make any sense.


From Twitter:

A fashion website called Celebboutique sells a dress called the “Aurora.” Without checking to see why #Aurora was trending on Twitter, they posted this :


After several hours of Twitterdom assembled bombing them with insults someone must have realized something horribly wrong was happening and the tweet was taken down.


After these kind of incidents (which is, sadly, becoming all too common) the National Rifle Association quietly stands behind the 2nd amendment with the knowledge that after a great hue and cry, absolutely nothing will change. Even still, this tweet on Friday morning seemed especially ill-timed and callous.
The NRA says it was an accident and has deleted it. Looking at the rest of the NRA Twitter account, however shows us that yesterday they had a link to the GOP story that “Obama says successful business people didn’t do it themselves”… you know, that quote that is only half of what the President said… and a few days ago the tweet was “So many gun mistakes at the movies!” (it was a link to an article on how weapons are incorrectly handled and loaded in movies.

Here are two editorial cartoons that I find particular poignant.

How did those cartoonists create those panels so fast? And on a Friday? Actually, those are from last year and they’re specifically addressing the Tucson shooting. You remember the Tuscon shooting, right? That was the horrific event when Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot and six people were killed while thirteen other people were wounded. That was the pivotal event that threatened to forever change the gun laws and tighten up access to lethal weapons. People proclaimed that this sort of thing should never happen again.

Except, of course, it just did. And it will again.

Guns are not, in and of themselves, evil. I’ve been to the gun range a few times and I really enjoyed it. I’m a firm believer in our 2nd Amendment, but things evolve and change. In 1776 it would take an expert shooter approximately 1 minute to load/fire three… maybe four shots. I had many other clever allusions and metaphors to make, but the bottom line is this… a dangerous madman is a precarious situation. A dangerous madman with a gun, any gun, is a mass murderer.


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