Roger Ebert on the Aurora shootings:
That James Holmes is insane, few may doubt. Our gun laws are also insane, but many refuse to make the connection. The United States is one of few developed nations that accepts the notion of firearms in public hands. In theory, the citizenry needs to defend itself. Not a single person at the Aurora, Colo., theater shot back, but the theory will still be defended.
The defence of the absolute right to bear arms should be condemned absolutely. Our desire to placate those around us and to keep quiet on matters of such importance must end. How anyone can legally purchase the kind of killing machines this man had access to is utterly beyond me.