Reflections on Shooting Spree at Empire State Building

There was a tragic shooting spree at the Empire State Building on August 24th. While this is a terrible event, I would like to say, I hope this incident involving a lone gunman isn’t used as an excuse to introduce anti-gun legislation. This is an isolated incident. By itself, this does not show in any way that there is a pattern of gun violence indicating that it is too easy for angry, deranged or crazy people to get their hands on weapons.

How quickly we forget. We heard the same irresponsible calls after the shootings at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin. A terrible tragedy, to be sure, but I hope it won’t be used as an excuse for anti-gun legislation. Like the shooting at the Empire State Building, it was an isolated incident. By itself, it does not show in any way that there is a pattern of gun violence indicating that it is too easy for angry, deranged or crazy people to get their hands on weapons.

Very much like the shootings at the Aurora movie theater. As we all know, this was the act of one person and it is tragic. Like the Wisconsin shootings and the shootings at the Empire State Building,  it was an isolated incident. By itself, it does not show in any way that there is a pattern of gun violence indicating that it is too easy for angry, deranged or crazy people to get their hands on weapons.

The same irresponsible cries were heard after the Virginia Tech shootings last year. Clearly, this was the act of one man. An individual who did something absolutely tragic. Like the Aurora shootings, the Wisconsin shootings, and the Empire State Building shootings, it was an isolated incident. By itself, it does not show in any way that there is a pattern of gun violence indicating that it is too easy for angry, deranged or crazy people to get their hands on weapons.

Just like the tragic shootings last year in Arizona that killed four and injured Gabrielle Giffords. People then had the same knee jerk reaction suggesting that we needed more anti-gun laws. I’d like to remind everyone that this was the action of one crazy person. Like the Virginia Tech shootings, the Aurora shootings, the Wisconsin shootings and the shootings at the Empire State Building, it was an isolated incident. By itself, it does not show in any way that there is a pattern of gun violence indicating that it is too easy for angry, deranged or crazy people to get their hands on weapons.

I hope this will put to rest, once and for all, the irresponsible politicization of this tragic event. We hear the same tired cries after every mass shooting. Mass shootings happen all the time in the U.S. There’s nothing special about this one. Remember, this is one event. An isolated incident. Please stop trying to paint it as part of a larger problem that needs to be addressed.

Ed Cushing is a writer in Denver, Colorado concerned with the polarization of political debate in America. He can be reached at edcushing@hotmail.com..

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