Editorial: Let’s focus on the victims of the Colorado shooting

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

The names of the victims are now known. The stories of uncommon heroism are emerging. Details are leaking about how this crime of crimes came to be. The past and peculiarities of the person allegedly responsible are becoming known.

Among the victims of the massacre at a Colorado theater was John Larimer, 27, a Navy officer from the Chicago suburb of Crystal Lake who was stationed in the Denver area. Americans are no doubt curious about the troubled or evil man who did this, but for now all of us should be concentrating on the victims, such as Larimer.

And such as Alex Sullivan, who was celebrating his 27th birthday and expecting to enjoy his first wedding anniversary on Sunday. Such as Ohioan Matt McQuinn, also 27, who perished while trying to shield his girlfriend. Such as Texan Jordan Ghawi, 24, who just a month ago narrowly missed a shootout in a Canadian mall and was a full-of-vim-and-vigor TV sports reporter. Such as 6-year-old Veronica Moser, who died on the operating table.

The more you learn about them, the more heartbreaking this all becomes.

Several other people, meanwhile, remain in critical condition. The nation should be praying for them and their doctors. Nearly 60 others have lasting scars, physical and emotional.

Unfortunately, many others are adopting their previously assigned positions, not letting any of the above alter their rock-hard perceptions, particularly on guns.

It appears that James Holmes, the 24-year-old suspect, purchased his weapons legally — an AR-15 assault rifle, a Remington 12-gauge shotgun, two Glock .40-caliber handguns — all in the last few months. There is some truth to the argument that if someone is hellbent on murder, it’s almost impossible to stop them. It’s also true that you can’t buy cold remedies in any quantity in a drugstore without raising alarms, yet this young man purchased 6,000 rounds of ammunition over the Internet with nary a red flag.

Don’t have a crystal ball here, but that seems likely to be the subject of a lot of coming discussion. But first, let’s focus on the victims.

Journal Star of Peoria, Ill.