A billboard linking President Obama and Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes was an attempt to start discussion and "elevate the outrage" about the state of war, says a former legislator who was behind the controversial posting.
"The aim of the message was to point out that the nation was outraged by the massacre in Aurora, Colo., and rightly so," Maurice Clements of Nampa writes in a guest opinion. "And yet there seems to be no equivalent outrage for the thousands of American soldiers who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan and the countless innocent civilians who have perished as collateral damage of these wars. Our nation has tuned out to the massacre in the Mideast and seems to have become numb to the carnage occurring there."
The billboard, posted in July, sparked widespread criticism and drew national media attention.