My Philosophical Views on the Colorado Shootings

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There are many disastrous events in the world that have happened, that make many people reflect on things like their beliefs, the actual occurrence of the event itself, what caused one, or a group of people to do such a thing, the credibility of the media they got such information from, the responsibility of those involved or not involved in any way, their own religion, the probability of death all around them, and even the safety of those they love. These “natural” and “man-made” events are sometimes, but not limited to, catastrophic floods, fires, hurricanes earthquakes, tsunamis, crashes, and explosions, and in the case of Matthew Murray, two shootings, that caused five people to die in Colorado, including himself. Although some of these tragic events are sometimes seen as lesser events when compared to others, or even to one another, I believe that every thought and opinion on those events is relative to the interests and perspectives of the individual person, who is thinking about what happened. According to the CNN article on the Colorado shootings, Matthew Murray was responsible for the four deaths at two different locations, which were 80 miles apart from each other. Murray supposedly first arrived at the Youth With a Mission (YWAM) center in Arvada, Colorado, where he shot and killed two people, and ended up wounding two others, then Murray shot and killed Stephanie and Rachel Works, who were sisters in their middle and late teens, and then he wounded their father all in the parking lot of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. When entering the church once more, Murray wounded to other people with his assault rifle, then security guard Jeanne Assam bravely took charge and disabled Murray, and after suffering nume...

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...hysically or sexually abused him at some point, I would undeniably not hold it against him for the shootings. If this were the case, I believe that many others would agree with me and would not put such a strong blame on Murray for doing what he did, instead we might even feel relief that he got rid of such horrible people from the Earth for us. We would also feel that it was not Murray’s responsibility, but his abuser’s responsibility, for if they hadn’t done what they had done, none of the killings would have happened. But just as easily as seeing him as a hero, I could also see him as one of the worst person’s in the world, like if he went to an elementary school, pediatric ward, or an elder home, I would feel that the people he shot were truly unaware, and unable to defend themselves, and I would strongly feel that his actions were his of his own responsibility.

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