Like most people Friday morning, I woke up to the news of the Colorado shootings. Such a tragic and unnecessary loss of life. And like most people, I’ve spent some time reflecting on why something like this would happen.
There are always going to be crazies out there, people who are just lost from reality and find it within themselves a reason to commit these types of horrible acts. Unfortunately that’s the reality that we live in. There are seven billion people in the world now, and a very small percentage can cast a shadow over everything we do.
When you think about it though, this was an act of terrorism. He may or may not have specifically intended it that way, at this point we don’t know, but the lasting effect is the same. As a confessed movie nerd and someone who especially enjoys seeing movies on opening night this hits home. It’s like my happy place has been destroyed.
Isn’t that the point of terrorism though, to make you feel like you are never safe? If this guy truly was inspired by Batman, it wouldn’t be entirely unfitting. The Joker’s character was an anarchist and a terrorist who often killed without a clear motive. Sure, there will be a reason given eventually, but whatever his motivation was it won’t make it right. It won’t bring anyone’s son or daughter back home.
There are several inspirational stories from the events of that night much like guys taking a bullet for their girlfriends, strangers protecting women and children and friends holding each other as the scene played out. I wonder how it is possible that no one had a concealed handgun. I thought it was the dream of anyone with a CHL to be able to take down someone in this type of situation. Why is that kind of hero never around when these things happen?
I wish I could say that it won’t affect how I’ll live my life day to day, but I don’t believe that. If I can’t go to the movies and feel safe, then how can it be safe to go to a football game, the state fair or even the grocery store? There’s not much anyone can do now except move on and keep an eye open for mayhem.