I’ll keep this short because I know the rest of the world (or at least America) is talking about it right now, too.
I expected to wake up and have my Twitter feed flooded with excited Dark Knight Rises conversation. Talk about the movie, its actors and their performances, and general reactions. Excitement and fangirling and comparisons with past movies. I’d logged in with trepidation as I’m doing my darndest to avoid spoilers.
I was only half right. Instead, I’m shocked to find there’s been a shooting, a flat out massacre, in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater. I won’t go into depth because you can find it on a real news channel. Plus I get super pissed when reading details. All that we really need to know is that a sick human being took out his problematic rage on innocent victims and now there are grieving families and friends who never asked for or did anything to deserve this tragedy.
According to CNN as of 10am: 12 killed. 38 hurt. Children involved.
Part of me wants to discuss it, because my anger at this evil man and my sorrow for innocent lives lost is overwhelming. Part of me wants to shove it into the back corner of my mind and ignore it, because to do otherwise means accepting this tragedy and the sick people who live in this world. It’s hard to acknowledge there’s that much evil in the world, even when we hear about it everyday. I hate to even say it, but it’s as the Joker says: When things get off plan, chaos reigns. Today–the news, the Internet, the country–is full of chaos.
It’s sick. There are no words to describe how disgusted I am that people can be so cruel. My heart goes out to all the loss of loved ones in CO right now. I’m angry at this asshole for ruining what should have been an epic night for moviegoers. As a nerd, as a moviegoer, as a BASIC HUMAN BEING, I’m beyond furious that this terrible person was so selfish that he didn’t care who he hurt. What was the point of his madness, of his attack? And do I even care if he eventually does make a statement?
There are no “Holy Batman” jokes to make. There is no political spin (the first politician to say such related thing is getting a seriously pissed off voter letter from me). Despite every sarcastic retort I want to make (because that’s what I do when I get uncomfortable), I can’t find one, because there is nothing to say but how sorry I am for the victims and their families. How desperately sad I am for their losses and heartache, over a bad person who had no regard for human life and decency. How I hope we can unite and overcome, as we always do, to provide support for these families and keep a vigilant eye for future problems like this one.
My heart’s in Aurora, Colorado today.