Why Denver? Local Newspaper Runs Editorial About Two Tragic Mass Killings — Today’s Shooting at a Movie Theater and the 1999 Massacre at Columbine High

Jul 20, 2012  •  Post A Comment

The Denver Post published an editorial today that begins, "For the second time in little more than a decade, metro Denver has been convulsed by a mass murder of calculated and methodical viciousness, an act so pointless and incomprehensible that it leaves us all shaken and bewildered."

The editorial, titled, "Grieving another horrifying act of terror," is about the massacre today that has left 12 people dead at a Denver-area movie theater, as well as about the 1999 attack at Columbine High School, also in the Denver area, that left 13 people dead.

Says the editorial, "Some people are probably going to wonder whether Colorado is especially prone to incubate murderous madmen — for lack of a better description — who seek out innocent targets in public venues given the array of incidents in recent years. Since 2006 alone, we’ve seen a 53-year-old drifter take six female students hostage at Platte Canyon High School, killing one before he killed himself; a troubled 24-year-old shoot two parishioners at New Life Church in Colorado Springs after having killed two other people the night before at a training center for Christian missionaries in Arvada; and a 32-year-old open fire on students at Dear Creek middle school in Jefferson County before seventh-grade math teacher David Benke tackled and subdued him.

The editorial concludes, "We suspect these incidents say more about modern reality, however, than they do about Colorado. Sick, cruel or desperate people nursing grievances have taken to seeking some sort of bizarre fulfillment in public acts of terror, scripting their final acts for maximum impact.

"Have they been desensitized to violence by modern popular culture? Are the social networks that traditionally might have offered support or steered them in another direction frayed or absent? These and many other questions must be addressed in the coming days and weeks. In the present moment, however, Colorado and the nation are focused mainly on grieving over yet another mass shooting that has torn so many hopes and dreams apart."

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