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An enemy within

James Holmes, the suspected gunman in the Colorado theatre massacre, headed to court for his first appearance Monday morning as Americans continue to ask why.

What could prompt a young man with a promising future to carry out such a horrific attack on a packed theatre of innocent souls.

As Americans reel from the worst random shooting this country has ever seen, logic provides no answer except evil abounds.

As long as the entertainment industry continues its endless bombardment of violent imagery on young and old minds alike through movies, video games, etc., and as long as Americans continue to enjoy this type of “entertainment,” I fear these tragic events will become more and more frequent.

In a recent opinion piece, Michael Nagler said, “As Lt. Col. Dave Grossman pointed out in his book, ‘Let’s Stop Killing Our Kids,’ the video games that the Army uses to prepare ordinary men and women for combat, in other words to wipe out the normal empathy and inhibitions against hurting others that we’ve built up over millennia — a process known as civilization — are the very same games our young people buy across the counter throughout the country.”

It’s not an acceptable excuse for what is happening, but I’ve always been taught what you fill your mind with will eventually produce actions in one way or another.

This mindset of violence has certainly got to change because this country is becoming its own worst enemy slowly and surely destroying itself from within.

Our prayers go out to the families of the 12 who lost their lives in the assault as well as the 58 who were wounded.

In memory

It is hard for us to believe that two years have come and gone since the passing of Gazette-Virginian publisher Keith Shelton, a true newspaperman.

The newspaper industry is changing, and Keith realized this long before most people.

I am reminded everyday of his lifelong passion for journalism and what the veteran newspaperman wanted from “his newspaper” when I look at the framed photo of the “gruff, hard-hitting, old school style of politician” Wendell Wilkie that ye olde editor proudly hung on the wall behind what is now my newsroom desk.

Thanks for the reminder, Keith. Your daily physical presence is missed but your drive and spirit continues to be felt here.


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