In a statement about the Aurora theatre shooting, Obama said, “Such violence, such evil, is senseless—it’s beyond reason.” This sentiment that tragedies are inherently unknowable is expressed quite often after a disaster has struck. It’s something that’s said in times of chaos, when the dust hasn’t even settled yet, and the facts are still vastly undiscovered. There hasn’t even been time yet to attempt to find the reason behind the shooting! As someone who is predominately fascinated by the why behind evil—whether it’s looking to psychology or sociology or philosophy or politics for answers—I find it quite annoyingly defeatist for people to make comments about how anyone who kills simply cannot be understood. It’s totally unnecessarily to claim ignorance as to how or why a massacre could happen when you haven’t even tried to understand it yet. It takes years to thoroughly research and comprehend an event like this and understand the convict’s perspective (because they do have a perspective, even if it’s a million miles away from your own—it’s not just “crazy”). There is still so much information to uncover and process, and by the time more is known, the media will have moved on. Anyway, let’s please wait to draw our conclusions about if any reasons do exist to explain this shooting and what they may be, at least until a full day has gone by. Come on.
Pretty soon you’ll have every last drop of the made up political motives/childhood sob stories/mental illnesses sucked out of this tragedy and regurgitated back at you for the next three freaking months. Have a little compassion in the meantime why don’t you? Instead of concerning yourself with the annoyingly defeatist attitude that you say people are conveying, you should try to understand how people attempt to comfort themselves and others following such a violent attack.