TOM H. HASTINGS – What can we imagine would be important to ending gun violence in our increasingly Tombstone Territory USA, where cars are getting safer and guns are getting more lethal? Iâ€™d offer four starter steps toward addressing a combination of necessary and contributory causes.
MICHAEL NAGLER – Until today I didnâ€™t even know there was such a thing as white supremacist music. Wade Michael Page knew; the â€œdomestic terroristâ€ who killed six people at the Oak Creek Sikh temple in Wisconsin a week ago Sunday had played in a neo-Nazi band called â€œDefinite Hateâ€ and started one called “End Apathy” in 2005. So Page, when you think of it, has something in common with his immediate predecessor in mass murder, James Holmes, who perpetrated the Aurora, CO shooting two weeks earlier. Despite their differences, in his case also a form of contemporary â€œart,â€ namely the Batman film, played some role in the buildup to his murderous violence.
JOHN LAFORGE – James Holmes was in court Mon., July 30, in Aurora, Colorado, charged with 142 counts of murder, etc. The whole world knows of this initial hearing for the alleged murderer/terrorist because every detail of Holmesâ€™ life is now regularly put at the top of TV and radio news shows and above the fold in every newspaper. Someone kills a lot of people and the media swarms.Not so if your action was a peaceful attempt to prevent massacres.