Among the deceased victims was a 6-year-old girl…
Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6, had gone to the movies with her mother, who was drifting in and out of consciousness in a hospital intensive care unit, bullets lodged in her throat and a gunshot wound to her abdomen.
“Nobody can tell her about it,” Annie Dalton said of her niece, Ashley Moser. “She is in critical condition, but all she’s asking about is her daughter.”
Veronica had just started swimming lessons on Tuesday, Dalton said.
“She was excited about life as she should be. She’s a 6-year-old girl,” her great aunt said.
I find it difficult to describe what I’m feeling about the shooting tragedy in Aurora. A mixture of rage and sadness, I think, comes closest to putting a label on it. That and a sense of resignation in knowing that whatever talk there might now be about greater gun control legislation, it won’t happen. Not today. Not tomorrow. Maybe, not ever.
Whatever lessons one could take from the Columbine, Virginia Tech, Gabrielle Giffords and now the Aurora shootings, they’re lost in a society where the majority believe that the right to own guns is more important than controlling who owns them and the type of guns they own.
No one is suggesting that greater gun control could stop every crazed individual from taking innocent lives. But then, no one suggests that seat belts are going to prevent every person involved in a serious car crash from being killed. It’s going to happen no matter what laws are in place. But would anyone then say that there should be no laws governing car ownership because, “cars don’t kill, people do“? Of course not.
Another 12 people are dead and a mother lies in a hospital bed crying out for her 6-year old daughter, unknown to her that the child is dead. The NRA can pat itself on the back in the knowledge that it has done its job well in promoting gun culture in America and lessening the possibility that smarter gun laws will ever be implemented.