ANALYSIS: Don’t Blame the Movie, Now, it’s Happened at a Church

Updated 7 years ago by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
Pray for Colorado, Wisconsin, and Elsewhere
Pray for Colorado, Wisconsin, and Elsewhere

Despite an overdue opportunity for producers to examine  graphic violence that draws some viewers to the movies, now, the real imitating art and vice versa quandary moves to a Wisconsin temple. Coming so soon after the so-called Batman related tragedy, the random “nuts” theory  takes center stage … AGAIN!

Barring  last minute film to blame orchestration, the latest act of mass murder a.k.a. domestic terrorism has spurted more than life imitating art , obsessions and villain cheering.

The Sikh Temple of Wisconsin , according to media reports, may have been mistaken for a Muslim mosque. Skih believers often have a head dress, beard, and long hair. Their temple serves as a community center from where they express kindness and peace. The man shot dead by police may have blamed all Muslims for 9/11 terror. Reports say he had a tattoo relating to the homeland attacks on his body.

Now, a group of the nation’s societal shortcoming scapegoats have gathered at the table --- racism, hate, violent imagery, conspiracy theories, mental health , and the alleged misuse of the Second Amendment.  Let’s not overlook the obvious, random act of violence by crazies.

What do the two mass murders have in common?  Grieving families, wounded survivors ,  shocked community, and, other than police, no one shot back.

Domestic terrorism is a fitting description for both massacres. They each took place in the sanctity of venues considered safe escapes from  wacky reality ---- a place of worship and a movie theatre. If these events had followed the four planes a week after 9/11, fear might have enveloped America. Where is it safe? Where can I hide? Who’s behind the anarchy?

More than permission to dress up at a midnight premiere would have been on the table. Pressure tensed for  Constitutional amendments narrowing.  Start counting, the days and weeks, it's coming again. A similar pattern occurred after 9/11, when the First Amendment's protection of opinions, expressions, and stern dissent became under scrutiny.

What’s happening originates in the ME and no one else philosophy of living. Most theologies endorse a “love one another” philosophy, no matter how the belief system originated.

Ultimately, the apathy toward anyone else but me, which once infected big urban areas spread to the heartland.

Ironically, the savagery of the killings bring out sacrificial heroes, such as the four men in Aurora , Colorado, who threw themselves in front of their girl-friends and paid the ultimate price and the Wisconsin temple president who tried to subdue the shooter.

When a crime cell erupts , the neighborhood must band together through a vigilance of looking out for one another. Full circle--- there’s the compassion, kindness, and pay it forward unconditional love espoused in most religious beliefs. Don’t laugh, but at the height of the everyone for themselves and for 15 minutes of fame (or infamy), talk show host Jerry Springer, master of the dysfunctional arrangement, sat on a stool after each bash session and told viewers to “take care of yourself AND each other.” Left unsaid, or, you might end up in a situation that you just watched and reluctantly be on this show.

Guess what? We’re going to have to care about person’s who appear in isolation. Pull them into a group. Engage in conversation. Have a cup of java. Then, you will learn a piece of what’s inside their head. Maybe you can softly change their mind, prevent carnage, by just asking, “hey, how are you?”

Finding common ground not standing your ground might defuse the hate before bullets spurt from an automatic weapon. Doesn’t it appear that many individuals are too quick to run , get a weapon, and kill, rather than chilling past anger’s moments. We need more peacemaking heroes along with the ones who settle the matter when everything hits the fan. The peacemakers intervene so bedlam doesn’t occur. When all else has failed, then, it's time to hope someone else has a weapon to take on the threat.

 

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