1. Nowhere else in the world are so many weapons in circulation as in the US. In no other country are citizens as well armed. The U.S. Constitution guarantees every American the right to move about in public as though he or she is John Wayne in person. One can see it as a national tradition. But this martial approach to liberty is also a relic of the past and one that is out of step with the times.

    Germany’s Stuttgarter Zeitung.

    If you’re wondering what the rest of the world has to say about the Newtown massacre, or our lax gun laws, here’s a list of what newspapers across the world are saying.


  2. Adam Lanza, third from right: That the suspected Newton, Conn., shooter turned out to be male almost goes without saying. Of the 62 mass shootings since 1982, only one was perpetrated by a woman.

    Why are there so few female mass murderers?


  3. American politicians need to get off their butts. So far, most, including the president, have abdicated a moral responsibility to talk frankly about guns and rights, ironically, they say, because the issue is “complicated.” Goddamn right it’s complicated. That’s why we ought to talk about. Democrats still adhere to the fear that if they mention common-sense gun rules, their party will lose the backing forever of gun owners and those who see gun ownership as a stand-in for checking government power. For the most part, though, that coalition isn’t the Democratic Party’s coalition, and it becomes less so with every election.

    The gun rights lobby could lead the charge here, but they won’t, because they’re afraid they’d lose the chance to demagogue politicians who rise up against them. The NRA’s opponents are as central to the NRA’s successes as anything else.

    So: Ball’s in your court, Mr. President.

    — Marc Ambinder: How to prevent more mass killings

  4. I knew it, I just knew it was going to happen. But it was too late. Steve screamed, Jeff shot him, and I just turned and ran.

    A chilling account of this morning’s shooting outside the Empire State Building from the woman who was walking shoulder to shoulder with the victim. 

    Full story from the New York Times here

    (Source: theweek.com)


  5. When James Holmes walked into a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colo., and opened fire, killing 12, there was a “flood of media coverage” for days afterward, says Dylan Byers at PoliticoNow, just two days after Wade Michael Page allegedly walked into a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., and opened fire, killing six, "the story has become just one item among many in the national news cycle." More than that, after Oak Creek there’s been “none of the sense of outrage that followed the Aurora massacre, none of the national heartbreak and grief that seemed so pervasive only two weeks ago,” says Riddhi Shah at The Huffington Post.

    The obvious question is: "Why is it that the American people, and the American media in particular, care less about this attack?" Here, four theories: 

    1. Sikhs are being treated as second-class victims
      If the media gave the Aurora shootings “round the clock coverage because they thought [the American public] would and should care,” what does the relative paucity of Oak Creek coverage say about the media, and about us? says Jeneba Ghatt at Politic365. Sadly, it suggests “there may be tiers of Americans,” where “those who are foreign-born, of foreign parentage, and practicing a religion foreign to many” are deemed too foreign for our sympathies and attention. If that seems too harsh, consider what would have happened if “instead of a white supremacist, the [Wisconsin] attacker had been a Muslim fundamentalist, and the place of worship a synagogue or a church,” says The Huffington Post's Shah.
    2. The relative randomness of the Aurora shooting is scarier
      By most measures, the racially motivated Oak Creek killings are at least as newsworthy and frightening as the Aurora shootings, says Robert Wright at The Atlantic. But “what freaks people out about Aurora is the ‘randomness’ of it,” the sense that it could happen to any of us. The media focused more on the Colorado murders because like most of us, “the people who shape discourse in this country by and large aren’t Sikhs and don’t know many, if any, Sikhs.” They “can’t imagine being in a Sikh temple,” but they can picture themselves and their loved ones watching Batman in a movie theater. It’s unfortunate, but natural that we “get freaked out by threats in proportion to how threatening they seem to you personally.”

    More theories


  6. There is no right way to say it — Sikhs in Oak Creek were targeted because the gunman probably thought they were Muslims. You can’t call it a mistake because a crime against Muslims would be just as heinous.

    Seema Sirohi at Firstpost. 

    Is it likely that the assailant, reportedly a ”skinhead” with a “9/11” tattoo on his arm, was not only depraved enough to shoot six innocent men but also ignorant enough to target them based on a religion they don’t practice


  7. "Media outlets should wake up and take note — because what Morgan Jones did last week just may be the future of journalism."Linda Sharps at The Stir.

    On the night of the massacre that killed 12 people in Aurora, Colo., 18-year-old Morgan Jones of Denver was up late playing a video game when he spied a Facebook update from his local news station reporting a possible shooting at a movie theater. Jones began a thread on the popular social-media news site Reddit that over the course of the night morphed into what many are describing as the most comprehensive timeline to emerge from the event, replete with minute-by-minute tweets from witnesses, reports from traditional media sources, and police scanner updates. Jones and his fellow Redditors also had some major scoops, unearthing the picture of alleged shooter James Holmes from the online dating site AdultFriendFinder.com, the first to show him with his distinctive red hair. Many commentators say Reddit’s coverage exemplifies a new breed of journalism, though some, like CNN’s Howard Kurtz, criticized the timeline as error-ridden.

    Is Reddit’s style of citizen journalism the wave of the future?


  8. Who is James Holmes? The eerie footage of his court appearance gave few insights into the mind of the accused mass murderer, who allegedly showed up at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in the Denver suburb Aurora heavily armed and in full body armor. But a slew of reports in recent days has helped observers piece together an emerging portrait of the 24-year-old. Here’s what we know.


  9. "There was a real villain" in that theater, "a gunman who shattered multiple lives. But there also were real heroes that night, and they weren’t Batman." 

    — Karin Klein from the The Los Angeles Times says Christian Bale doesn’t need to visit Colorado shooting victims

    (Source: theweek.com)


  10. A woman lights candles Friday night at a makeshift memorial across the street from the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Below, people gather to grieve Saturday during an informal vigil for victims.

    The tribute started with just 12 candles, one for each victim, but soon grew to include Teddy bears, balloons, flags, flowers, cards, and signs — serving as a gathering place for townspeople to mourn and console each other.

    Photos from the Colorado shooting aftermath


  11. You have to preface [such a question] by saying it’s only money, and we’re dealing with lives that have been lost. That said, there will be some domestic underperformance. It’s going to hurt.
    — Thelma Adams, a Yahoo movies contributing editor. The nation is still trying to wrap its head around the Dark Knight Rises shooting rampage that left 12 people dead — and Hollywood stunned.

  12. Colorado theater shooter identified as James Holmes

    The suspect apprehended in the mass shooting at a suburban Denver movie theater has been identified as 24-year-old James Holmes. Twelve people died and at least 50 others were injured in the shooting during the new Batman film The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colo., early Friday Morning. After his arrest, Holmes spoke of possible explosives in his residence and, upon investigation, law enforcement reportedly saw what looked like “buckets of extra ammunition” and some kind of chemicals inside and have since evacuated other residents in the Denver-area apartment. Police recovered four guns at the theater, including two pistols, a shotgun, and what is believed to be and assault rifle. There was no immediate word of motive and, at this point, there is no indication the act is terrorism-related. 

    (Source: theweek.com)


  13. just weeks after Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the with a similar weapon.

    The measure to honor the semiautomatic M1911 handgun was passed by the state House this week, where its sponsor called the gun “an implement of freedom that has defended America for 100 years.”