However, the real question circles us back to what happened last week in Colorado: Did the gunman's obsession with the Batman franchise inspire his violent acts? Did his love for bloody video games take his role playing to another level? While I know everyone loves to make Hollywood the scapegoat in these situations, I am actually going to have to defer to the fact that he clearly had massive psychological issues and while he wanted to recreate a scene from fiction and make it reality, the real issue is gun control. While our Second Amendment to the Constitution allows us "to keep and bear arms", I think there has to be a limit. Protecting your family with a handgun seems reasonable, especially after living in Hollywood with celebrities constantly dealing with stalkers. If you are into hunting, I think owning a hunting rifle makes sense for your sport. (While I am not a fan, I get that some people want to participate in this centuries old pastime.) Yet, not one person has been able to answer this question for me: Why does someone need a semiautomatic weapon/assault rifle in their gun collection? Why are weapons like this even accessible to us in the United States? In 2004, Congress allowed the Federal Assault Weapons ban to expire. Well, Congress, I hope you enjoyed the fruits of your labor....twelve innocent lives were lost last week.
Your turn to chime in on this hot topic. I realize that politics plays into this a bit. I ask that you are respectful to people's views and let's calmly and rationally discuss gun control, violence, and Hollywood.