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COLORADO SHOOTING/ What pushes us to do evil?

RIRO MANISCALCO comments on the massacre in Colorado, on the debate on the possession of firearms and on what pushes a person to do evil, and even to kill others.

Theater in Colorado  (Infophoto) Theater in Colorado (Infophoto)

“The Dark Knight Rises”. There were high expectations for this movie in America. Perhaps because, these days, with the everlasting and worsening crisis, no one knows quite what to expect. Just yesterday a young friend asked me if I had already gotten myself a ticket to go to the theater to see it.

Out of the dark tunnel of this multimedial and exaggerated virtual world, a “black knight” that nobody expected sprang up. James Holmes, who is most likely behind this new and terrifying tragedy, is a young man of whom all I know is that he had just given up his doctoral studies. I do not know if anyone who knows him expected a choice like this, but I do not think anyone expected this brutal explosion of violence, a “scientific” one, since it seems that his apartment was full of “booby-traps”, explosive devices designed to hurt anyone who tried to get enter.

Is it possible that no one expected anything like this? Is it possible that in the spring of his life, a young man could not find another way to make his life important than to take that of others?

Is it just madness?

In 1966 I was a kid, but I still remember the dizziness I experienced listening to (that time there was very little on TV) the story of a man in Austin, Texas, who had climbed the tower of the local university, and had opened fire on passers-by, killing sixteen. I also remember the turmoil that hit me right in the gut when I realized that, for some reason, that story, ominously, fascinated me. He was a man on top of a tower, with the world at his feet.

Here, meanwhile, the debate on the possession of firearms has already begun, for the umpteenth time.In case you don’t know, the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has guaranteed the right to have and bear firearms since 1791. There are historical reasons, and there are cultural reasons behind this. History goes on, and culture and mentality change. In 2008, the Supreme Court reaffirmed this as a right of all American citizens. Wrong? Probably yes, but I do not think this is the point. Usually, when a tragedy happens, everyone looks for culprits in order to then try to prevent such events from happening again.

But what could prevent what happened in Aurora, Colorado?