(originally pasted July 30, 2012)
In the aftermath of the Aurora Colorado shootings, as was the case after Columbine, Virginia Tech, and many others, we revive, for a short time, a national conversation about why, about how and about what this tragic event even means in an existential sort of way. We come up with short lived solutions and blame this, that and the other group. Last month was no different. As writer Liel Lebovitz wrote recently, "...after a maniac shot up a packed movie theater in Colorado last week, the prognoses were quick to arrive: Ban guns. Don't ban guns, but ban assault rifles. Don' ban assault rifles. Ban violent movies. Don't ban violent movies. Ban midnight screenings of popular movies, don't ban midnight screenings of popular movies..." As you can see and have probably heard and read, there hasn't been a quality thoughtful response. Banning guns or banning anything for that matter is never really the thoughtful, long-term Jewish response.