Two mass shootings of unarmed civilians two weeks apart rocked America’s summer, raising new anxieties of gun violence. The first took place July 20 in a movie theater in the Colorado town of Aurora: a gunman bearing multiple firearms, grenades and combat armor burst into a screening of The Dark Knight Rises and opened fire, killing 12 people and injuring dozens more. Then, on August 5 in the Wisconsin hamlet of Oak Creek, a shooter ran into a Sikh temple and killed six people before exchanging fire with a police officer and shooting himself in the head. Both grisly incidents crowded national frontpages, but the larger, difficult narratives surrounding the attacks — the ability of the 24-year-old Aurora suspect to allegedly acquire such firepower so easily; the racism of the Oak Creek gunman — faded from the national conversation in an election year.
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