The State of Colorado has seen its share of tragedy. From last night’s horrific shootings at a movie theater in Aurora to the recent “mega-fire” forest fires near Boulder to flashbacks of the Columbine High School massacres in 1999, there are few states that have seen such gruesome and grizzly national headlines in the last decade.
We reflect on those who have been impacted by these tragedies and their families with the hope that they may find solace knowing that a sad nation cares, prays and grieves for their losses.
At a time like this, questions arise regarding the President’s response as well as his opponent’s response. With all the campaign mud-slinging and negative advertising, what’s the right thing to do? Should Obama and Romney continue their campaign schedules for the day? Is it proper to pull your negative ads?
A nation will reflect on the The Dark Knight Rises tragedy in Aurora with great sadness as we did when tragedy struck in Columbine. The Gun violence debate will percolate to the top of political discussion topics once again.
Questions will once again be raised regarding whether to reinforce the laws we have now utilizing new technologies or reinvigorate the discussion on whether to place more restrictions and constraints on law-abiding gun owners and would-be criminals.
While it is horrible that this tragedy has happened, my hope, thought, and prayer is that the debate doesn’t get over-politicized for this Congress or this Presidential election. Our elected officials must keep their heads about them and focus on what’s right rather than what may be politically expedient. I pray that those we elect to office will be thoughtful in their deliberations.
I came across this column by Peter Baker this morning and thought his handling of this delicate topic was worth sharing. You can see Peter Baker’s column in its entirety in the New York Times here.