Prayers for the repose of the souls of the people cruelly murdered by the gunman in Aurora, Colorado, and for their grieving friends and families. Stacy McCain has been doing some useful aggregating on this horrible story.
This is another heartbreaking lesson in the dangers of complacency. Yes, it is a terrible thing to have to face the reality that you are taking your life in your hands simply by doing something as seemingly mundane as going to a movie theater. Yet, there it is. No society is ever completely immune to the depredations of its misfits, its terrorists, its hardened criminals, and any police force large enough, and any set of laws extensive enough, to reduce such risks to zero would not be compatible with anything other than a police state. Each of us should be vigilant and prepared to deal with acts like this, which can occur anytime, anyplace. Here are some thoughts on the subject of preparedness from Brian Hoffner, via Zero Hedge.
Maybe it sounds a little paranoid, but with respect to public situations where one finds oneself surrounded by strangers, it seems appropriate to keep in mind the advice that Marine Corps Maj.-General James Mattis gave his men in Iraq: “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”