We’ve all heard the news that a 24-year-old man entered a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado early this morning and opened fire on the people who had been there to see the premiere of the new Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises”. A number of those people were killed and an even bigger number were injured. The media have already made this an issue over guns and gun control. Some have even blamed the movie and its’ violence. Commenters at news related websites are angrily debating whether his parents, particularly his mother, should shoulder some of the responsibility.
I, for one, blame James Holmes and whatever depraved and irrational motives he had for killing and hurting these people. What he did will never make sense to any of us, and it shouldn’t. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, whenever there is a tragedy like this, is that the motives of such individuals are usually the result of very disturbed minds and very unreasonable reasons.
The focus should be on those who lost friends and family members, on the people who are still suffering from wounds inflicted on them and on the simple fact that there are more good people than bad. I’m more than open to hear your thoughts and opinions, but I ask that you try to keep the conversation fair and honest. I think we can see what can happen when we allow things to devolve into dark and angry places.
My prayers and good thoughts go out to the people of Aurora, and I hope that they will be able to heal from what, right now, must be a nightmarish experience.