The Colorado shooting during a screening of the Batman movie 'The Dark Knight Rises' will evoke calls for ways to prevent more mass killings. But such tragedies only point to Americans having to learn how best to react personally.
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As with other recent mass shootings in America – Columbine, Amish girls, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, Gabby Giffords – Friday’s killings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., have evoked a desire to prevent another senseless tragedy.
People try to discern the motive of the killers, the means used, the lapses in security. And simply bringing justice, such as a long prison sentence, isn’t enough for many.
The ultimate goal is reliable protection.
The most popular demands for ensuring public safety from mass murder will likely be calls to better screen public places, tighten controls on guns, and demand less violence in media – assuming that action flicks like "Batman" movies actually provoke someone to open fire in the theater.
Such solutions can change society on a large scale for the better. Gun laws do often work. Young children do now watch less fictional violence. Law enforcement has become better at detecting potential killers.