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Friday, October 28, 2016

In Colorado, Ordinary People Display True Heroism

“Am I my brother’s keeper?” — Genesis 4:9


A few words about the tragedy in Aurora, Colo.:

In “Dark Knight Triumphant,” the second chapter of a four-part Batman graphic novel, there is an incident in which a goggle-eyed, mentally disturbed young man with orange hair shoots up a movie theater. Three people are killed.

That scene, published in 1986, carries a new and frightful resonance now. How could it not? Last week in Aurora, a goggle-eyed and perhaps mentally disturbed young man with orange hair allegedly shot up a theater playing a midnight showing of the new Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises.” A dozen people were killed, 58 wounded. Life imitates art imitating life.

That graphic novel was a sensation far beyond the comic book shops. Rolling Stone noted its “bold thematic twists.” The Los Angeles Times called it “a vivid psychological study.” The Washington Post praised its “edgy realism.”

Writer and artist Frank Miller pictured an aged Batman coming out of retirement to save a Gotham City overrun by nihilistic terrorists. Batman’s town had become a lawless place where the good people were cowed mute by fear. It was a new take on the ancient central conceit of the American superhero myth. Meaning the idea that we are watched over from the rooftops above by a man (or woman) with powers and abilities beyond those of mortal men and women, a capable somebody who will fight what we cannot. Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s somebody who will see that the bad thing doesn’t happen and that the bad people get what’s coming to them, somebody who will, just when things look hopeless, save us.

Lord knows we could use some saving.

Could have used it at Columbine and at Virginia Tech. Could have used it in Tucson. Could have used it last week in Aurora.

You know what happened there, of course. How a man left the theater and returned through the exit door wearing body armor. How he threw smoke grenades. How he started shooting.

  • tokoloshi27

    Ordinary, disarmed people who were herded into an insecure facility – are now the heroes. A curious spin, but somehow important because Pitts gets a rare (for our current reality) opportunity to spin some more lib dogma about how a wackjob was able to amass an unlimited amount of munitions…

    If those vets had been able to be heroes, rather than sheep being heroic, we might not have as many funerals, hospital watches and (perhaps) a lengthy trial. What price being free of tyranny? The tyranny that the second amendment framers sought to empower the populace against?

    • A1011a

      Back to basics! Our society stinks; greed, ignorance, mythology, conceit … An unthinking and passive populous; cowardly, lest they expose themselves to criticism.
      The means of good or evil will always exist. The result, whatever, is a matter of general choice.
      I choose not to hide. Further, I choose to think, uninfluenced by societal foolish and trashy attitudes.
      We, all of us, need to stop and carefully examine thr society in which we exist. We should question authority and make obvious our views relative to matters inflicted upon our lives.
      Only in that event, can our society and our nation, be worthy of emulation.

    • You Stupid, Stupid man! Add insensitive too!. This was about selflessness, this was about the strong protecting the weak, this was about Americans at their best in a horrible situation.

      But you want to bend it and twist it, cheapened and debase it. How dare you! If I hear one more word from the NRA or their supporters about freedom and tyranny I am just going to loose my mind. Do not worry over much, the only weapons I have are knifes and Easy Off Oven cleaner. I turned over my M16 when I left the military.

      • Landsende

        Thanks for reminding that idiot that this is not about the NRA or right to bear arms but about the selflessness and courage of ordinary people in the face of adversity. These people didn’t need to have a gun to defend their loved ones and friends. Just the courage to risk their lives for others.

      • tokoloshi27

        You silly, silly emoticon. The article was not about selflessness, oh it claimed to be, but it was really about lib political correctness (aka censorship). Someone who clearly doesn’t see the act of disarming law-abiding citizens as being one of the culpable preconditions to this and similar criminal acts, and who shamelessly uses the self-sacrifice of citizens who happen to have been veterans to obscure those preconditions.

  • A1011a

    So… amidst all of this emotional heated discussion, do we hate the young man, or do we hate the deed? Does no one comprehend the connection between our society’s terrible influence upon our most cherished possession, our young people, and the hateful deeds occurring as the direct result of society’s corruption? The prisons are crowded with the reward of the multiple facets of a corrupt society; the characteristics as previously mentioned, and more specifically, it can be said, the influence of the wonderful instructional medium, television, with it’s laissez-faire programming, motion pictures, internet with it’s available pornographic content… as well as specific content, all easily aplied to evil actions. All of this is basic, the result of the many accepted customs of an increasingly corrupt generation, most of all claiming to be religious. What has been taught in their religious institutions? It would be well if they had eleven commandments, with the first being, THINK!