What’s Up With Colorado?

Colorado, arguably one of our most beautiful states, has been in the news recently for a number of horrendous crimes, most recently, the murder of Jessica Ridgeway whose dismembered body was discovered in a park several miles from her home.  Today there’s a story of someone shooting out the window at President Obama’s Campaign Headquarters in Denver.  Thankfully, no was injured or killed.  In July, James Egan Holmes murdered twelve people and injured fifty-eight in the Batman movie theater massacre in Aurora.  In March, a woman was sentenced to three years in prison for locking her 14-year-old son in a trailer and feeding him only a few times a week before abandoning him.  In March of 2011 a 12-year-old boy was charged with murdering his parents and seriously wounding two of his siblings in a shooting and stabbing rampage in an eastern Colorado.  A couple of weeks later, also in the eastern part of the state, a 16-year-old boy was arrested for the murder of his great-grandparents.  Then of course there’s Columbine.  I’m not suggesting a trend, or even a reason, but it is odd.  In a state that’s more than twice the size of New York in terms of square miles with a population about half the size of the five boroughs of News York City, it seems strange there should be so many heinous crimes.  I have no answers, but it is troubling.  You draw your own conclusions.

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