A little statistic for you. Since the beginning of 2012 — we’re almost now to August, so we’ve got seven months in, pretty much seven months in. Since the start of 2012, the death count in Chicago is 274. In seven months, the death count in Chicago, 274. They have some of the strictest gun laws in the country, just as they do in Colorado. You know, all of us have certain traits that reflect upon our character, and when those characteristics, when those traits cluster in a manner that causes a person to function in a socially reprehensible or irresponsible manner, then that person is said to have a character disorder or a mental disease or disorder of some kind.

So early Friday morning I get up, preparing for a day of qualifying for a weekend member-guest golf tournament up in Connecticut. And I learn what everybody else knew at the time, that a mentally ill kid, young man, engaged in the mass murder of innocents the night before in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. His minutes of pure, unspeakable evil and depravity took a great deal of planning and a lot of cowardice. I was talking to some people last night, “Why would somebody do this? Knowing full well they’re gonna get caught, why would somebody do this?”

You know, everybody looks for the rational explanation for the irrational. Who can know? Who can possibly relate or understand? The vast majority of people in the world can’t relate to or understand this, yet we can try to psychoanalyze it. And everybody has their opinion. But he knew he was gonna get caught. He knew he was gonna spend the rest of his life in jail. He knew he might be put to death. Why do it? The first thing that came to my mind as an answer, like everybody else flailing away trying to explain this, first thing that came to my mind was fame. Charles Manson is still very famous. Charles Manson, solitary confinement, is still very famous and gets to live with the idea that everybody knows who he is.

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