The entire nation sympathizes with the victims of the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting and their families. Nothing can change what happened, although everyone wishes they could.
As a member of the media, I understand how something can be taken out of context and turned into something completely different. And that’s just what happened on Friday. A very disturbed man took a film out of context and turned it into real violence.
It’s not the fault of Warner Bros., or the fault of Christopher Nolan, or the fault of Christian Bale, or the fault of the Batman comics. People will point fingers and place blame, but we have to remember what really happened: This was a premeditated attack.
Just like after the Columbine shooting and Sept. 11, people are going to be afraid. It’s a natural reaction. But at some point, we have to put the fear behind us and rise from the ashes.
There are some must-read stories out there about the shooting. Here are a few links:
- Aurora theater shooting: Stores of victims killed emerge from the Denver Post
- In Darkened Movie Theater, Tales of Protection and Loss from the New York Times
- So You Still Think God is a Merciful God? from a mother who survived the shooting, along with her daughters
*The quote in the title of this blog post is from The Dark Knight Rises. It means “rise” in Moroccan, which I feel is very fitting to the situation.