The trigger of Aurora shooting

Early Violence and reason to talk

In history we come up against many violent acts since Cain killed his own brother Abel out of jealousy.

CAIN & ABEL

CAIN & ABEL (Photo credit: Fergal of Claddagh)

The mind not accepting the other having something or not having something made human people often react worse than animals. History has known all sorts of different types of people of whom we can wonder if their mind was really healthy or if we should consider them insane.

Often by those insane people we could find people who had the lust of power and who committed unspeakable acts of violence. The  Roman Emperors Nero and Tiberius are such nice examples to bring up a lot of interesting stories in world literature. By those rulers we could see that they did not mind using horrifying ways to keep everyone doing what they wanted to be done. Fear was their strongest weapon.

Today fear is still a very handy weapon which is used by many to get them on their side.

It does not have to be the psychopath or two who commit a mass murder, also the onlookers or those who were not on the seen are willing to use it as much as I am willing to use such an opportunity to talk about certain matters around these events.

In any community a disastrous incident shall call for attention and shall cause some debate. In history this made that many things got changed and lots of ink was used to write down rules and regulations to avoid such a disaster in the future.

When many people lost their life there’s a predictable cycle of mourning and recrimination. Also with the 12 innocent victims killed, 59 wounded at the première of the action Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises” on July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colorado, first there came the big chock, then the calls for unity and flags flown at half-mast, at this the worst mass shooting in the U.S. since the Nov. 5, 2009, attack at Fort Hood, Texas and the deadliest in Colorado since the Columbine High School massacre in suburban Denver in 1999, when two students killed 12 classmates and a teacher and wounded 26 others before killing themselves.

After the chock and an overload of pictures and coverage in the media, the national fissures appeared, the gun lobby stiffened its spine as gun-control advocates made their case. Psychologists parse the shooter’s background, looking for signs of mental illness or family disarray. Politicians point fingers about “society run amok” and “cultures of despair.” (Read more: The Overwhelming Maleness of Mass Homicide)

All in the image of the Father

As soon as sin, i.e. the going wrong, entered life of the human creations, they had to struggle, work or fight for their life.

Already from the first days men, who were made in God‘s image, according to His  likeness, was allowed to rule over the animals. Because all men being created in the image of God, all people do have something which can be found in God, though how small it may be. That makes it also possible that non-believing people, created male and female, are blessed by the Creator and have put the Wishes of God in them. You may call it instinct, like all the animals are gifted with instinct. In such a way the people could let them be guided by their instincts and good do good. Therefore doing good is not the sole right of the believer. Any person in the world can do good but also can do bad, because their is nobody who can be called good, in the eyes of the Lord of the Lord of lords, God Almighty. Even the Jewish man Jeshua, better known as Jesus from Nazareth, who is called the son of God, did know that he could not be called ‘good’ and that he was and would always be lower than his Father.

“26  Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, {Hebrew; Syriac all the wild animals} and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” 29  Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31  God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.” (Genesis 1:26-31 NIV)

“”Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No-one is good— except God alone.” (Luke 18:19 NIV)
“”Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No-one is good— except God alone.” (Mark 10:18 NIV)
“”For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, {Or his only begotten Son} that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NIV)
“”You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.” (John 14:28 NIV)
“When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.” (1 Corinthians 15:28 NIV)
“who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.” (1 Peter 3:22 NIV)
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,” (Philippians 2:9 NIV)

Cursed to death

When God had created everything, everything was good, but as soon as men went away from God, He gave them their own way. They still had to be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth, subdue it, rule over the all beasts and every plant, which could be used as food for them. Men could still enjoy the two great lights which were rule the day and night, and the stars. Waters would swarm with swarms of living creatures, fowl would fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven in the evening and the morning. All the time men had to be aware of the living creatures, each after their kind. But because men wanted to become like God, He ruled them out, for their easy life in the Garden of Eden.

Man had become as one of the higher beings in heaven, to know good and evil; and therefore all his descendants would have the same knowledge of good and evil. By knowing that he was also going to feel that. All men had to work for their living from that day onwards, and would feel that they had to do something for it. Men had to till the ground from whence he was taken. Women got their labour in bearing children and their desires would go to their husbands, who would rule over them. The world would evolve but humankind had to face the thorns and thistles and had to work in the sweat of their face. But in the end they were all, believers and non-believers to end up in the same place. Man was created from the earth and he was going to return unto the ground. Humans had to know they were as dust and would have to come to the same place a the animals, in the underground (the Bible language uses ‘sheol‘, ‘hades’ or ‘hell‘ for this grave)

“16  To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” 17  To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat of it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. 18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” 20  Adam {Or The man} named his wife Eve, {Eve probably means living.} because she would become the mother of all the living. 21  The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22  And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live for ever.” 23 So the LORD {Jehovah} God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side {Or placed in front} of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.” (Genesis 3:16-24 NIV)

“For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even the memory of them is forgotten.” (Ecclesiastes 9:5 NIV)
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, {Hebrew Sheol, often translated as ‘hell’} where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.” (Ecclesiastes 9:10 NIV)
“When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.” (Psalms 146:4 NIV)

No matter what happens in this world, no man can escape death.

Struggle for ages

When growing up men got their ideas going wild. All have to find a way to place them properly. Often coming near to adult age, people are pulled along different sides, and do want to test which ways they can go. Often they prefer to go in a contestant phase. For millennia, human society has struggled with what to do with young men’s violent tendencies. Many cultures stage elaborate initiation ceremonies, presided over by older men, which help channel youthful aggression into productive social roles. But in contemporary society, we have trouble talking about the obvious: the transition from boy to man has become a risky endeavour, and there can be a lot of collateral damage.

Sceptics will claim that the perpetrators of horrific acts like the Aurora shootings are such aberrations that we can hardly build public policy around their evil behaviour. But it’s a mistake to view mass murderers as incomprehensible freaks of nature. For example, we know that the young men who go on murderous rampages are not always sociopathic monsters but, rather, sometimes more or less “regular” men who suffered from crushing depression and suicidal ideation.

No reasonable person can imagine how despair could possibly lead to premeditated mass homicide. However, the fact that depression is so frequently accompanied by violent rage in young men — a rage usually, but not solely, directed at themselves — is something we need to acknowledge and understand. (Read more: The Overwhelming Maleness of Mass Homicide)

Pointing a finger

Suddenly everybody wants to go profiling and pointing their fingers to a group of people.

In Congress, July 4, 1776, a declaration by the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress assembled.

In Congress, July 4, 1776, a declaration by the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress assembled.
Philadelphia: John Dunlap,
July 4, 1776.
Broadside Collection,
Rare Book and
Special Collections Division.

Southwest corner of 6 WTC following September 11, 2001.

By the 2001 September 11th attacks on the Twin Towers in Lower Manhattan and the Pentagon the United States suddenly felt at war in the First time of their history under the approval of the Declaration of Independence, severing the colonies’ ties to the British Crown.
The political philosophy of the Declaration was not new; its ideals of individual liberty had already been expressed by John Locke and the Continental philosophers. What Jefferson did was to summarize this philosophy in “self-evident truths” and set forth a list of grievances against the King in order to justify before the world the breaking of ties between the colonies and the mother country. (You are invited to read a transcription of the complete text of the Declaration.)

Although most of the Framers of the Constitution anticipated that the Federal judiciary would be the weakest branch of Government, the U.S. Supreme Court has come to wield enormous power with decisions that have reached into the lives of every citizen and resolved some of the most dramatic confrontations in U.S. history. The writers also emphasized that morality was the underpinning of liberty and freedom. More than once Americans would have wanted to overturn the word of the Supreme Court and required an amendment to the Constitution or a revision of Federal law. Though many of the American citizens do have the impression they have the most correct Law and that they are giving the most freedom in the most advanced community of the world.

But we can wonder how they envisage that freedom. Looking at many American blogs we get more the impression that you may be ‘free’ as long as you say the things in line with their thinking and as long as you agree with their way of speaking and living.

George Washington and Thomas Jefferson knew of the Judeo-Christian values and were sure that Gods Law would not be a bad base for the Law of Men.

George Washington said, “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.”

Thomas Jefferson said, “And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep forever.”

They were not so much afraid of men, but more afraid of God. And in a certain way we better still do that: being afraid of God. Having fear of, or for God.

Equality of people has also been a very difficult matter in the history of the United States, beginning with taking the land away from the native Indians, next bringing in slaves from Africa, then not giving coloured people the same rights as white people. So their idea of freedom has been biased from the start.

Lots of American white people did not want to see the dirty, smelly, refuses of people on the street and did not want to help the poor and homeless. They never were much interested to mix with different cultures and soon in modern times several cities got several gangs fighting against each other. Also uniting hand to get somewhere together was not their cup of tea. Uniting Labour, working people in general, community, and student groups towards collective action, was and is still for many a terrible thing to think of. For them it smells to socialism and in the worst instance to communism, of which they had a president having his own battle against artists and outspoken people, to be able to dump them under the name of ‘Communism’.

Throughout the country of prosperity were the one-eyed may be king they created their own Rome who said when in Rome do as the Romans do; so many countries so many customs. Probably in most big cities you can find the biggest mix of cultures, but the question is how much they all can enjoy the promised freedom of the Constitution.

Violence in Films

Violence in movies has become a much-discussed topic in recent weeks — spurred by the gruesome shooting that left 12 dead, 58 injured in Aurora, Colo., at the opening night screening of The Dark Knight Rises.

Movie production mogul Harvey Weinstein called last week for action from filmmakers to limit violence in moving pictures.

Weinstein has released many violent films through different companies over the years, from Black Xmas for Dimension, to Gangs of New York for Miramax, to Grindhouse for The Weinstein Co.

“It’s a question that I wrestle with all the time,” said Weinstein last week.“I’ve been involved with violent movies, and then I’ve said at a certain point, ‘I can’t take it anymore. Please cut it.’ You know, you’ve got to respect the filmmaker, and it’s a really tough issue. My heart goes out to those kids and those families.” (Read more and see video: ‘Walking Dead’ Creator on ‘Dark Knight’ Tragedy: Don’t Blame Movies and TV for Real-Life Violence (VIDEO) )

Mass murders daily business

Lots of Americans do not keep awake for the many “mass murders” which happen daily, weekly, monthly, yearly in neighbourhoods of colour. Many in the city or in the country or in the world shall get to hear of them.  Those stolen lives barely make the news, if ever. If not for the oral reporting of hip-hop and songs like Nas’ “Accident Murderers” from his new cd, several people would not have any idea that life is the complete opposite of good in the ‘hood.

Why is it that many American Christian people do not have any feeling for the poor, the wounded and coloured people? On television they do even not mind showing no compassion at all for the lives that were taken, wounded, and altered by what happens in places very close to their own habitat, but considered being part of a totally different world, belonging to Black or Latino.

Lots of the industrialised countries their problems lie in the fact what children have to see every day in their environment in which they grow up. The adults around them are not the best examples. For far too many children in American “culture of violence” is not something seen in the films.  It’s what they have to deal with each and every day, on street corners, in their homes and in their schools.

The place were many grow up encounters a lot of financial and health problems. The social  stress brings violence into the house. How many do not see their parents fighting with each other, or get beaten up by them?  Many of them grow up in the understanding that it is important for them to wear the right clothes or to adore the right music. How many times those children do not get to see not acceptable behaviour,  a murder or a serious accident?

Understanding the causes of poverty, self inflicted main, misery and violence shall shed a light on the possible solutions which could lie at hand.

Guns

Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper believes one of the most critical issues for the United States is easy access to firearms. Roper said: “Too many kids are buying guns on the streets and carrying them home while their parents are oblivious to the danger. Some kids have even posted pictures of themselves brandishing guns on their Facebook page.”

Quite often, he said, kids will fight and then post the videos on the Internet, which symbolizes a multitude of negative influences converging on one point.

“We have so many kids doing great things all over the city, but there is a group that’s slipping through the cracks,” Roper said. “The bottom line is the family is the first line of defense and should have the greatest impact on these kids.” (Read: Birmingham area teens’ violent crimes alarming to law enforcement)

Does support for individual rights to bear arms under the Second Amendment to the Constitution paralyse any action of leadership to limit access to automatic weapons? Is the arms-factory business so strong in the United States that they provide to much labour facilities to cut in its production, having to be afraid for the labour-market?

“More importantly” scholar in Residence, Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University and writer for the Denver Huffington post asks, “where is the leadership from the American faith-based community to initiate action to address this epidemic of gun violence? Where are the voices of Pastors Joel Osteen, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Pastor Paula White, Bishop Edward Long, Richard Warren, and Pastor Fred Luter, the newly elected African-American head of the 16-million-member Southern Baptist Convention?” (Read: Gun Violence in America II: Is Anybody Listening? Does Anybody Care?)

Dr. King said in 1967 about the importance of moral leadership: “There comes a time when one must take the position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right. I believe today that there is a need for all people of goodwill to come with a massive act of conscience.”

But we have to record that the freedom to be able to suppress and limit others movements plus to be able to frighten some and to have a feeling of safety, is more important than the freedom for everybody to be safe and to be able to go every where.

Staff and students evacuate Columbine High Sch...

Staff and students evacuate Columbine High School during the shooting. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thirteen years ago, the shooting rampage at Columbine High School, not far from Aurora, produced a brief bump in support for stricter gun laws, but that new support had eroded a year later and ultimately gave way to a longer-term decline. Nothing seem to have changed today. The weapon industry being to strong for the government, like the banks and tobacco industry having also become to strong to put them in their right position and to choose for the best for the safety of the whole community.

Do those who say the Aurora shooting would not as bad as it was when more people would have carried a gun. Do they not see that when everybody would have gone shooting in the dark and with the smoke screen that many reacting on the light and noise by shooting they would probably also have shot at other people trying to defend themselves? In such an instance this shooting in the dark would have brought a worse bloodshed.

Gun ownership

According the Huffington Post a few weeks after the Columbine shootings, Pew Research found 65 percent of Americans said it was more important to control gun ownership, while only 30 percent said it was more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns. That was a eight-point jump in those favouring gun control laws (up from 57 percent) since the pollster had last asked the question in December 1993. Following the 2008 election, however, support for stricter gun laws dropped off considerably. By April 2010, Pew Research found more Americans placing greater importance on protecting the rights of gun owners (49 percent) than on restricting gun ownership (45 percent).

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Similar questions tracked by Gallup and the Washington Post and ABC News showed similar patterns. Just after the Columbine shootings, Gallup found 66 percent of Americans saying that laws covering the sale of firearms should be stricter, but by October 2010 the pollster found support for stricter laws had fallen to just 44 percent. Likewise, the Post/ABC poll showed a longterm decline in support for stricter guns laws, dropping from 67 percent in May 1999 to 52 percent in January 2012.

The Pew Research surveys show that the increase in support for gun rights since 2007 has occurred mostly among independents and Republicans, creating very wide partisan differences. In Pew’s most recent survey, 72 percent of Republicans say it is more important to protect the rights of gun owners, compared to just 27 percent of Democrats.

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Trends and Surveys

Partisanship does not entirely explain the trend, however. The Pew surveys found that although white Americans are far more likely than non-whites to back gun rights, African Americans’ support has increased by 18 points (from 17 to 35 percent) since 2007.

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As always, these general views on stricter gun laws versus stronger gun rights can translate into very different attitudes when pollsters ask about specific proposals.

For example, a CBS News/New York Times poll conducted in January 2011, immediately after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others in Tucson, Ariz., found that 65 percent of Americans opposed a ban on the sale of all handguns. Yet on the same survey, nearly as many supported a nationwide ban on “assault weapons” (63 percent) and a nationwide ban on “high-capacity magazines” (63 percent).

The latest tragedy in Colorado may well produce another brief polling bump, but it is unlikely to shift in attitudes over the long term absent a more fundamental change in the gun policy debate.

Background checks

When after the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan in 1981, in remembrance of D.C. Reagan’s press secretary, Jim Brady, who was shot in the head the 1993 Brady Handgun Violence Act was originally written by Senator Joe Biden of Delaware, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton and mandated that federally licensed dealers complete had to do comprehensive background checks on individuals before selling them a gun. This did not come into a real action to have those backgrounds been done properly. Other parts of the act provided for a greatly expanded federal death penalty, new classes of individuals banned from possessing firearms, and a variety of new crimes defined in statutes relating to immigration law, hate crimes, sex crimes, and gang-related crime.

The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994, instituted a ban on 19 kinds of assault weapons, including Uzis and AK-47s, did also not bring a solution, because everybody can buy any warweapons via internet or in ordinary weapon shops in town. This crime bill also banned the possession of magazines holding more than ten rounds of ammunition, but how does it come that those are still available throughout the United States, and also can be imported to anybody living in the United States.

In 2008 following the deadly shooting at Virginia Tech University, Congress passed legislation to require states provide data on mentally unsound individuals to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, with the aim of halting gun purchases by the mentally ill, and others prohibited from possessing firearms. The bill was signed into law by President George W. Bush in January of 2008. But the same year the Supreme Court Strikes Down D.C. Handgun Ban As Unconstitutional. (In the landmark case ‘District of Columbia v. Heller’).

Reform efforts

Gun Control PollsGun control advocates had high hopes that reform efforts would have increased momentum in the wake of two tragic events that rocked the nation. In January of 2011, Jared Loughner opened fire at an event held by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), killing six and injuring 13, including the congresswoman. Resulting attempts to push gun control legislation proved fruitless, with neither proposal even succeeding in gaining a single GOP co-sponsor. More than a year after that shooting, Florida teenager Trayvon Martin was gunned down by George Zimmerman in an event that some believed would bring increased scrutiny on the nation’s Stand Your Ground laws. While there has been increasing discussion over the nature of those statutes, lawmakers were quick to concede  that they had little faith the event would effectively spur gun control legislation, thanks largely to the National Rifle Association‘s vast lobbying power. (Read more: Trayvon Martin shooting-gun-debate) According to a 1999 Fortune survey, lawmakers and congressional staffers considered NRA the most influential lobbying group. (“Fortune Releases Annual Survey of Most Powerful Lobbying Organizations”. Timewarner.com. 1999-11-15.)

In its lobbying for gun rights, the NRA asserts the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individuals to bear arms. The NRA opposes measures which it believes conflict with the Second Amendment and/or the right to privacy enjoyed by gun owning citizens. Additionally, the NRA has litigated against legislation such as the Brady Bill on the grounds that it conflicted with the Tenth Amendment, not the Second Amendment. Because the NRA considers gun ownership to be a civil right, the organization calls itself the “oldest civil rights organization in the United States”, as it was founded in 1871. (Patrick, Brian Anse (2002). The National Rifle Association and the media: the motivating force of negative coverage. ; Peter Lang. p. 193. ; “Lead Ammo-The Truth is Out There Somewhere”. Gun Digest Books. 2010. p. 115; Horner, William T. (2005). Showdown in the Show-Me State: the fight over conceal-and-carry gun laws in Missouri. University of Missouri Press. p. 9.)

Back to McCarthyism

9/11 Seemed to have come in the right time for the weapon industry. The vast country could take the acts of a statistical few Islamic men to be potentially indicative of the intentions of an entire race of Americans, and indeed anyone who looks and/or dresses similarly. To this day, those appearing of Middle-Eastern descent are profiled (by law enforcement officers and fellow passengers) as potential threats in airports far more than any other group.

Anything happening now in several industrialised countries is accounted to the Muslim world. Lots of people do not seem to get that in every religion you can find lunatics who (mis-) use the name of God, to bring fear over others.

Suddenly a case against an entire religion was made. Government did not try to let the people see that the damage brought to the world was only brought to it by the acts of a radical, fraction-of-a-percentage of some Islamic group.

Lots of Americans did not mind going against the freedom of speech, the freedom of religion, and religious freedom for Muslims became out of question for many. Radical Christians found a major point to get their hate campaigns boosting.

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The Muslim Brotherhood
الإخوان المسلمون
al-ʾIḫwān al-Muslimūn

The local alliances between Democrats and groups such as CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties advocacy organization, and the global alliance between the Obama Administration and the Muslim Brotherhood were threatened by Congressman King’s hearings. Before September 11, Islamism and Chrislam were ignored out of carelessness; today the set of ideologies holding that Islam is “as much a political ideology as a religion” is being ignored as a calculated move to dispel questions about the political connections of the Democratic Party, according to Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, and New York writer focusing on radical Islam, , who says: “When the Democrats try to sabotage hearings on Islamic radicalism, they are doing it not so much to protect the terrorists, as to protect themselves.” (Read more: Terrorism Denial from Dhimmi Democrats)

“In a country where Tahrir Square has become synonymous with sexual assault; the Al-Hashim paradigm is taking hold. There are photos of female students at Cairo University from the 60′s and 70′s that showed them dressing like women did in the 60′s and 70′s. But by the time Obama showed up to praise Cairo University as a great representative of Islamic civilization, the cover-up had begun. The question is where will the cover-up end and what will the Cairo University class of 2020 look like? They probably won’t have faces, but will they even have eyes?” says (Read more: The Great Muslim Cover-Up) (See also:

Completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century Daniel Greenfield in his thoughts on Islam reckons that the West has reacted to the Islamic cover-up with its own cover-up. “The Western liberal will run through the gamut of his own civilization’s sins before reluctantly admitting that some parts of the Muslim world may not be an ideal place to be a woman, but he immediately reaches for a rolled up copy of the New York Times and uses Tom Friedman’s latest report from an airport’s luxury lounge in Dubai or Kuala Lumpur as proof that the reforms are coming.” says (Read more: The Great Muslim Cover-Up)

Freedom also for women

Both parties, fundamental Christians and fundamental Muslims, use the Aurora shooting to ‘demonise’ the general public.

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The Al-Hashims bellow that Western women should act more Muslim; while Evangelists say the population should go back to the old dresses (under the knees, and not showing so much nakedness). Some Western feminist groups encourage their members to try on hijabs as gestures of tolerance and servitude, while others go out on the streets, as in Brussels, to get an end to the insults which are made publicly for the short skirts. (Because the insults and harass on streets became so annoying bad, the Region Brussels had to create special fines.)

Two Afghan women wearing chadris.

Many do find it wrong to have sex between the same sex but do not object having a man marrying more than one woman, like the Islamic feminist, King Abdullah and his thirteen wives. Several blame the women for having taken the freedom to go to work and to have gone out of the house, to do all sorts of activities. For others the hijab is the gateway to the burka/burqa or niqab and both are just forms of mobile purdah, the segregation that requires a woman to stay at home. “And if she can’t stay in her tent, then she can only go out while wearing a big black tent that goes everywhere she goes.”

A woman in a niqab in England

The amendments for freedom should be seriously taken care off. Every citizen, man or woman, white or coloured, atheist or wanting to believe in superpowers, should receive the same rights, and should be able to develop properly, having equal opportunities at work and in leisure time, able to wear what they want, without bringing others in danger. (Wearing burqa’s or niqab’s does not allow to see if underneath is a woman, man or a terrorist carrying a gun.)

Putting the Spark to the Finder

At least 24 Americans every day (8-9,000 a year) are killed by people with guns – and that doesn’t count the ones accidentally killed by guns or who commit suicide with a gun. Count them and you can triple that number to over 25,000. That means the United States is responsible for over 80% of all the gun deaths in the 23 richest countries combined.

Both conservatives and liberals in America operate with firmly held beliefs as to “the why” of this problem. And the reason neither can find their way out of the box toward a real solution is because, in fact, they’re both half right.

Photo: Doomsday Preppers family

Doomsday preppers

The right believes that the Founding Fathers, through some sort of divine decree, have guaranteed them the absolute right to own as many guns as they desire. And they will ceaselessly remind you that a gun cannot fire itself – that “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” This is also the preferred saying of the many Preppers, living in the United States. (Look at the interesting documentary series on this American phenomena on the Flemish commercial television VTM and on National Geographic Channels.)

Already in Panorama and Louis Theroux, on BBC and the Flemish State Television Canvas, the Old World could see many conservative Christians denominations crying out against murder of unborn babies, but having the right to kill the doctors who allow abortion, and having the right to enjoy using weapons for enjoyment and to kill all those who trespass their territory.

Several Americans blame the rubbish, people can see on television or in the cinema, but do not stand still with all the rubbish presented in the many popular magazines, sold at the bookshop, often with many gadgets for free, to lure them in buying things they do not need, or to get them things which would not be in accordance with what they preach.

Violent movies and video games are, according many, responsible, but then they forget that in many other countries much more is allowed, without censure, than in their country. Take for instance Japan where moving pictures and video games show more openly heavy pornographic and more violent scenes than in the United States – and yet usually fewer than 20 people a year are killed there with guns – and in 2006 the number was two! (Read more: “Guns don’t kill people,Americans kill people”)

Strangely enough Switzerland having the third-highest number of guns per capita on earth, has still a low murder rate.

But having the weapons free at hand is opening the opportunities for somebody to misuse them, and that can be avoided by a simple law.

Next to a restriction of weapons their should be made a choice concerning the education and the way the country wants to go. Which path does it want to follow, and how can let it others free in their way of belief in a supernatural being or in the belief that there is nothing else in this world than what we can see and feel.

Those who say all the problems we are facing today are caused because we lost Judeo-Christian values should look closer to historical reality.

But they are right in thinking we would be able to get to a better world in case more people would keep to those Judeo-Christian values or principles. But then they should also come to an agreement which values they would like to have as general values for all people in the country, believing and non-believing, whites and coloured.

It has become high time that work is being made taking away the irregularities in working conditions, in wages, race problems and poverty problems so that there may be fewer frustrated, frightened, angry people reaching for a gun.

We shouldn’t need Steven Pinker, one of the world’s leading psychologists and the author of the book, The Better Angels of Our Nature, to tell us the obvious: “Though the exact ratios vary, in every society, it is the males more than the females who play-fight, bully, fight for real, kill for real, rape, start wars and fight in wars.” The silence around the gendering of violence is as inexplicable as it is indefensible. Sex differences in other medical and social conditions — such as anorexia nervosa, lupus, migraines, depression and learning disabilities — are routinely analysed along these lines.

Equality and general freedom should be looked at in such away that people shall go to understand that Freedom is respecting the freedom of somebody else, and that nobody should wish nor do anything to an other he or she would not like to have done to him or her.

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Acknowledgement: parts about guns, of this article are taken from the interesting article of the Huffington Post: Gun Control Polls Show Longterm Decline In Support, Despite Columbine Bump, by  the senior polling editor of the Huffington Post and the founding editor of Pollster.com, Mark Blumenthal. (With respect and thanks for his writing.)

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And also read:

  1. A dark night indeed
    Another senseless act of random violence in America has made the headlines. This time there was a random shooting in a movie theatre, during the opening night of The Dark Knight Rises. This was the midnight showing in Aurora, Colorado, just outside of Denver.
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    I can’t help but feel that to some extent, we’re reaping what we’ve been sowing as a society.
  2. Newcombe: CO Shooting a Result of the Fact that Americans Don’t Fear God or Hell
  3. AFA News Director Says Liberal Churches, Media Share Responsibility for Colorado Shooting
    Jackson maintained that unlike in the communities of forty years ago, liberals in the media and churches, along with movies and the internet, have “have come together to give us these kinds of incidents.”
  4. Gun Violence in America II: Is Anybody Listening? Does Anybody Care? Huffington Post
  5. Colorado shooting: how James Holmes fits into the history of rampage killers The Guardian
  6. Virginia Tech Tragedy
  7. Violence or an other way to win
  8. Consequences of Breivik’s mass murder
  9. A world in denial
  10. Judeo-Christian values and liberty
  11. Fear of God reason to return to Holy Scriptures
  12. Liberal and evangelical Christians
  13. Childish or reasonable ways
  14. Mormons, just an other faith
  15. The Race for Life
  16. Alternative four letter words
  17. Vile language and behaviour plus little secrets
  18. The Y generation in conflict with itself
  19. Self inflicted misery #1 The root by man
  20. Self inflicted misery #9 Subject to worldly things
  21. Anti-Crisis anger calling out
  22. Roman Catholic Church in the United States of America at war
  23. No time for immorality
  24. Native Americans
  25. Indian Symbols
  26. Native American Religion
  27. Native Americans Chart
  28. Robertson: God says U.S. will accept socialism
  29. Manhood, Mental Illness, and The Colorado Massacre by Kevin Powell
    What we gloss over or completely ignore is that there is something profoundly wrong with how we define manhood in America. The definition is as old as this nation. And we know that definition begins with immigrant men from Europe ransacking the land of Native Americans and enslaving Africans. And that definition of manhood means the long American journey has been one riddled with men and boys who think it their birthright to use brute force to achieve their ends. Yup, there is a straight line from so-called explorers to cowboys to gangsters to rock stars to whichever rapper is hot this current moment to the hate-baiting mouthpieces on the Fox News Channel. 

It means our notion of manhood is actually based in myth-making, in mythology, and these myths of who and what the American man is or suppose to be has been spread, since we were boys, from school history lessons to our religious institutions, and practically in every kind of book, magazine, tv show, film, or video game we absorb.
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    So the problem, to me, is that we are in denial about who we have been taught to be as men, how much of what we say we are is addicted to violence, to twisted ego trips and narrow-minded visions of power, to mindless competition that leads us to destroy each other (and ourselves) over and over again. Where it ends, always, we know. It is called that theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado. It is called certain types of male police officers gunning down Black and Latino young men who are unarmed with names like Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, or Ramarley Graham. It is called what George Zimmerman did to Trayvon Martin. It is called the tragedy of Penn State. It is called the bloodshed on the streets of urban America.
  30. Guns, Jesus and Gandhi: Why arming ourselves to the teeth won’t make us safer
    Jesus, as we know, was famously against violence and retribution. In Matthew 5:38-40 we have this famous passage: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.”
    He’s not called the “Prince of Peace” for nothing. So, why — given all that Jesus tried to teach his disciples about peace — do so many of his modern-day followers conveniently ignore those teachings when it comes to guns?
  31. The Protester named Person of the Year 2011 by Time Magazine
  32. Cool Person of the year 2011
  33. The Prepper Movement: Why Are Millions Of Preppers Preparing Feverishly For The End Of The World As We Know It?

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  • What happenes in Auroa does not stay in Auroa(revdavidsbiblestudybiblebootcamp.wordpress.com)Bob Dylan several years ago released a song, “The Times They are a Chaangin”, well, not really. Things are pretty much like they have always been as far as human behavior is concerned. Man has been murdering his fellow man since Cain killed Abel, that was the first murder. The motives then were pride and jealousy.  Those two things stand out as prime motives for any murder or massacre as happened in Aurora Co yesterday.
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    An even cursory reading of the OT historical and prophetic books show that God uses evil people and evil nations to bring about what His will is.

     

  • Colorado’s Hickenlooper Says Gun Control Won’t Stop Evil – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
    “I’m not sure there is any way in a free society to be able” to stop a deranged individual from assembling a deadly arsenal, Governor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, said today on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
  • UPDATE: 12 killed, 59 wounded in Colo. theater shooting (columbiamissourian.com)
    A gunman wearing a gas mask and black SWAT gear hurled a gas canister inside a crowded movie theater during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie Friday and then opened fire, killing 12 people and wounding 59 others in an attack so heinous that some moviegoers at first thought they were watching Hollywood special effects.
  • End Times(myownheart.me)the shooting in Auroa, Colorado another in  Kansas City, Missouri,fights while standing in line to buy the latest, newest electronic or phone.  rape, murder, abuse of every imaginable and the unimaginable, just seems to me we are following right along with what was written in the Bible hundreds of years ago. Evil is among us and soon one will rise up claiming to be Christ  but he will be the anti`christ…are you ready to stand up for your God?
  • Robot Clears Bombs From Home of Suspect in Movie Killing (bloomberg.com)
    The FBI sent equipment and technicians from Quantico, Virginia, to disarm explosive and incendiary devices without ruining evidence, said James Yacone, special agent in charge, at a news conference today.Home of Suspect in Colorado Movie Shootings May Be Booby-Trapped

    Police use a video camera to look inside an apartment where the suspect in a shooting at a movie theatre lived in Aurora, Colo., on July 20, 2012. PHotographer: Ed Andrieski/AP Photo

    The “skillfully driven” robot had to neutralize an oxidizing agent and fuel just inside the door, then an improvised explosive device, additional triggering mechanisms, wires and fuses, he said. Agents were still at work, he said.

    “This apartment was designed to kill anyone who entered it,” said Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates. “If you think we’re angry, sure as hell we’re angry.”

     

  • Obama to Visit Colorado Victims as Police Search Suspect’s Home (bloomberg.com)
  • Colorado shooting suspect charged (smh.com.au)
  • Those Who Live by Violence (womenwhospeakinchurch.com)
    The community is at the end of day four of protests by a community outraged by this violence and the community’s feeling that there have been tensions between the Latino community and the police for sometime that have not been addressed by those in power. Some news outlets have reported these protests as rioting.
  • Colorado Shooting (othmanabdullah.wordpress.com)
    what if it was AbdulAziz or Ibrahim, or any other Muslim that was the shooter? Would it still be labelled “rampage killer” or the commonly convenient “terrorist”, or worst still “Muslim terrorist”.
  • Police: 14 dead in Colorado theater shooting (vindy.com)
    Witness Shayla Roeder said she saw a young teenage girl on the ground bleeding outside the theater.”She just had this horrible look in her eyes …. We made eye contact and I could tell she was not all right,” Roeder said.

    Victims are being treated for chemical exposure apparently related to canisters thrown by the gunman. The shooter was arrested shortly after the attack at 12:30 a.m. MDT at the multiplex theater at a mall in Aurora.

     

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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13 Responses to The trigger of Aurora shooting

  1. To me, the why comes down to two things: religious zeal (my God is more powerful than your God) and patriotism. As long as we have those two things in the world, people will be killing other people. And with heterosexuals unable to put a condom on it to help control overpopulation, it’s only going to get worse as people have to live closer and closer in proximity to each other, including people of different religions, colors, sexual orientations, ethnicities, etc.

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  2. marcusampe says:

    In the 70ies when I did my Choreology course we looked in the Anthropology course on the matter of people concentrations. Studying a.o. the Holland plane disaster in a flat and the reaction between the victims at that time, I notice today we still have not learned much from bringing concentrations of certain groups of people together, nor for taking care that people would be more mixed and getting to know each culture better. In case more work would be done to have a better understanding of the other cultures, the problems would be less and when people would have enough chances to spread around in the world, using the available place, but not going to have to live in dangerzones like flooding areas, the population would not be such a problem, when there would be allowance for birth control (There is still a lot of place in the world and when they would be more careful with natural goods, there would be also sufficient food.). (For those against the contraceptive, they should learn that there are contraceptive devices and an effective temperature method.)

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