Unspeakable evil reared its ugly head in Colorado last week.
By now everyone has heard about the horrible shooting allegedly performed by suspect James Holmes. It was as it should have been the major story going into the weekend and I suspected the moment it hit the news, this issue would become a political football.
This is of course no surprise especially in a Presidential election year but the speed and ferocity at which the mass media, political pundits and vulture politicians have used it to forward the cause of gun control and to blame everyone from the Tea Party to Rush Limbaugh is truly sickening.
This is not about Republican or Democrat, Socialist or Constitutionalist. It is about evil.
And it is about choice.
In the coming weeks and months of media coverage you will probably never hear the word “choice” uttered in this discussion but make no mistake about it, choice had EVERYTHING to do with it.
The shooter chose in a very cold and calculating way to kill innocent people. The shooter chose to kill children and parents and brothers and sisters. The shooter chose to destroy life.
In a horrifying way, it hit me that we have devalued human life in ways that history books will mark our generation with great shame. I will never debate the abortion issue here in this column but there is an undeniable fact that must be stated in relation to this issue.
A child is born alive and was alive during the entire pregnancy. As far as we know nothing has ever started off dead and then become alive. Whether a person is for or against abortion, no rationale person can deny it involves terminating life.
And that is what the shooter in Colorado did.
He chose to kill.
Mark my words as these type of atrocities increase, the defense of these evil people (cannot say that enough) will use the abortion issue as a defense. It will somehow become intertwined as a justification and perhaps it already has.
Abortion has already been compared to “self defense” by leading advocates of the cause (I kid you not. That is the new argument) so it is such a great leap to pose to a court whether or not a person has the right to choose to kill someone they do not like? Or will it be long before these evil people say that their mass shootings were “self defense” against bullies and people that didn’t understand or respect them?
Those arguments inspire a gag reflex in me too but the world we grew up in is disappearing at a rate that was unfathomable even just a few years ago. Ridiculous has become the new norm.
It is not the judges who decided Roe Vs. Wade or liberal polticians like Nancy Pelosi who wear their pro-choice views like a crown and it is certainly not the Tea Party or Rush Limbaugh that caused the Colorado massacre to happen. The shooter did and unless there is some sort of conspiracy proven, he acted alone.
He chose to do it.
Choice has come a long way from the option to act responsibly or irresponsibly and face the consequences to a world of all gray area where nothing is really right or really wrong. It is all an individual choice given to both the sober and the malicious.
Let this dark occurrence serve as a reminder at the frailty and value of life and to stand up for our choice (and right) to defend ourselves and families against those who choose to kill and destroy.
May these people fail at their attempts to terrorize the innocent and be thwarted by the long arms of the laws or sent to the highest judge by those who choose self defense instead of victimization and to shoot straight instead of turning their backs to be slaughtered.
That is a choice movement I can get behind.