A minute of silence for those lost in Aurora, Colorado this morning
Taking a break from the usual entertainment folly I post here, I’d like to take a minute to touch on something far more important than television or who got snubbed for an Emmy nomination yesterday.
Early this morning a disturbed man opened fire into a crowded midnight showing of ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ Twelve people were killed and 38 were injured, including several children. There are so many things I want to say ab out this unnecessary tragedy, but I cannot find the right words, so I’m going to turn to the Master of Words, Mr. Aaron Sorkin himself:
The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels tonight. They’re our students and our teachers and our parents and our friends. The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels, but every time we think we have measured our capacity to meet a challenge, we look up and we’re reminded that that capacity may well be limitless. This is a time for American heroes. We will do what is hard. We will achieve what is great. This is a time for American heroes and we reach for the stars. God bless their memory, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.
Yes, this is a quote from ‘The West Wing,’ but it says everything that I could only hope to say about the killings in Aurora, Colorado, but in a much more beautiful and meaningful way. The episode from which I pulled this quote featured a pipe-bomb explosion at a university which killed 44 people. And even though it comes from fiction, there’s no doubt that it applies to what is happening here, now, in our own real lives.
As someone who’s gone to countless midnight showings since the early 2000s, to wake up at 7 this morning and hear the news that 12 people were murdered at a midnight showing of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ made my stomach do a flip flop. I’ve never once considered the idea that something horrible could happen to me in a darkened movie theater, and even though I live in Columbus, Ohio, I was thankful that I couldn’t go to the midnight showing last night, the first I’ve missed in several years.
We will never understand the reasons why men and women commit terrible acts of violence, but we can, and we will, always remember and pay tribute to the fallen, to those who were robbed of their futures and their families by a mad man. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those lost early this morning in this tragedy. May they hopefully eventually be able to find peace.