My son's fifth birthday party had a Batman theme. He's now 6, the same age as the youngest victim of the shootings at the Batman premiere.
Batman didn't kill those people in Aurora. Comic books don't kill. Neither do movies based on them.
As a student studying the Constitution who attended a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises myself last Friday, I wanted to look into the role of registered guns in massacres.
This time, Westboro Baptist Church will be in Aurora, Colorado, protesting the funerals of the 12 innocent Americans killed last week by gunman James Holmes.
How do you explain a senseless massacre in a movie theater to your vulnerable child, whether he or she is 8 or 18?
Twelve people were killed last night, apparently, by a rifle and a handgun and the faulty wiring inside the head of a man named James Holmes. And our response -- America's response -- is going to be nothing.
There has been much written about how we are smothering our children, and worrying about the wrong dangers, and cocooning them in bubblewrap. And, statistically, that advice is right. But statistics don't mean a thing on days like these.