Having spent much time in the Aurora/Denver/Littleton area over the years, I am too sad about this most recent tragedy to comment at the moment, other than to say this:
I fear anthropologists and historians will look back on us and simply say we were a violent nation, at home and abroad, but in due time human decency won out and the violence ceased, but not before many, many more died and the world had had its fill of us.
Thoughts, prayers, and whatever comfort can be found for the victims and their families...
Moore's "Bowling for Columbine," of course, chronicles the recent American obsession with gun culture and resulting spikes of terrible violence. The film's title refers to the 1999 Columbine High School shootings which occured in the town of Littleton, Colorado, just over a dozen miles away from Aurora.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this article said the Columbine shootings occurred in 1997; the date has been corrected to 1999.