Most readers of this blog know I am from Denver. The truth is, I actually live in Aurora, Colorado, the city that is now having to live through a masked gunman shooting patrons at a movie theater showing the next installment of the Batman series, The Dark Knight Rises. We've lived through Columbine, and now this.
What's the issue, and why do things like this keep happening? Is it a gun control thing? Is it a right to bear arms problem? Both and neither. At its core, it is an issue called sin. Yes, sin. Human nature is inherently bad, not good, and things like this are the result of it. The farther we move from the God who created us, the more we engage in our own harmful choices. You can argue all you want that 1- guns are evil, 2- people who use guns for bad are evil, and 3- man is basically good. The final question will eventually end up, "What is the character of man with and without God?"
There is evil in the world because God has given man the gift of free will- and man chooses evil over good. You do. I do. We all do. Some just want to live in it, indulge it with a lust for more, while others choose to move toward Jesus and confess their sin and go forward with His grace to live in a manner that pleases God.
Why does God allow evil? Complex question, but my main and fast answer would be as a result of our sin or the sin of others, all would come to know Him through the perfect sacrifice for sin, Jesus Christ. God alone is good- so good that He cared enough to give up His Son to save us from ourselves.
May God have mercy on our city and be gracious to the family and friends impacted by the shootings.