Dark Rites: Mass Shootings As Rituals That Trigger Calls For Gun Control
July 20, 2012
Waking up to the news that a shooter dressed as a film villain killed moviegoers at the midnight showing of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ in Aurora, Colorado was disorienting at first, but then familiar thoughts entered my head, “Not again. Another day in hell. This tragedy was predictable.”
As a culture, and I’m specifically speaking about North America, we’re being desensitized to violence and mass death. It seems it’s every other week that we hear about violent incidents and mass shootings at malls, cinemas, schools, and other public places. Zero Hedge has compiled a list of mass shootings in the last two decades, and the list is by no means comprehensive. For instance, it doesn’t include the shooting at Eaton Centre Mall in Toronto in early June.
Jessica Redfield, one of the victims of the shooting in Colorado, narrowly escaped the shooting at Eaton Centre. Her tragic story and this tragic event reminds us that life is precious and death is our common destiny. After the shooting in Toronto, Redfield wrote: