The Tragedy in Aurora, CO

The Tragedy in Aurora, CO

We never think any sort of tragedy will happen to us, regardless that we’ve been proven wrong on multiple occasions. Once again, on July 20, 2012, we were proven that no matter where it is, tragedy can strike. A night that should have been a joyous occasion turned tragic in the blink of an eye.

      During the midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” on July 20, 2012, James Eagan Holmes, dressed in protective and tactical gear, released a smoke/gas irritant inside of theater 9 of the Century 16 Multiplex in Aurora, CO. After the reality of what was happening began to sink in, realizing that this was neither a prank nor a publicity stunt, the moviegoers began to rush towards the exit only to be met with a rain of bullets from James Eagan Holmes’s 12-gauge Remington Model 870, Smith & Wesson M&P15[10] semi-automatic rifle with a 100-round drum magazine, and a .40 S&W Glock Model 22 handgun, murdering 12 people and wounding 58 others.

      Most people think talking about this, giving Holmes any attention, or letting this impact or lives would be tantamount to letting him win. But, how can we ignore this? How is this not going to affect our lives, particularly our movie-going experience? We can say we’ll still go to the cinema just the same as we always have, but there is a scar left by this tragedy. Any kind of movement in the auditorium will send a surge of panic through our nervous system. Watching a movie is supposed to be an escape from the real world. For me, when I’m having a bad day, whether it be a rude customer, and idiotic co-worker, an argument with my wife or family, or just an overall gloomy mood, I can head to my local theater for whatever impressive film is showing at that time, and forget all of my worries. But, thanks to this madman, it will never be the same again.

      While I’m obviously bothered by what this psychopath has done, something really does bother me a bit more. Our cavalier and insensitive attitude towards this tragic event. It was barely 24 hours later, and I ran across these stupid memes making light of this tragedy. What is wrong with our society where this is acceptable behavior? It truly disgusts me to see the lows that we can sink to. Some might think it odd that I’m bothered more by this than the actual event, but this disrespect towards the victims and their families is like kicking them while they’re already down. Just… disgusting.

      A bit of faith was restored, though, when I discovered that Christian Bale had taken time out of his obviously busy schedule to visit the victims and site of this mass shooting. It’s one thing to release a statement to the public (which is still very generous), but it’s a completely different thing to take time from a ridiculously busy promotional tour and visit the victims in person. No matter what people think of Bale, you can’t deny that he is truly a stand-up guy. I can’t find words to express how impressed I am with Christian Bale, not as an actor, but as a person.

      Another bothersome bit is that some media outlets will, if they haven’t already, find some sort of way to blame Heath Ledger and his performance as Joker in “The Dark Knight,” for this tragedy. Much like Columbine, when fingers were pointed at Marilyn Manson, ICP, Eminem, and Doom instead of the true culprits, we’ve got an obsessive need to blame someone. It will help us sleep better knowing that there is an explanation to what happened, a rhyme to Holmes’s reasoning. But, as usual, the simplest explanation is probably the correct one: James Eagan Holmes is crazy.

      Should we allow what the insane James Eagan Holmes has done affect how we continue on with our lives? No, of course we shouldn’t. But, we won’t be able to help it. No matter what I or anyone else says, there will always be a part of us that is afraid of going to the cinemas. I send my condolences to anybody that was directly affect by the events in Aurora, CO on July 20, 2012. I’m sorry that you’ve had to endure this tragedy. Nobody should have to suffer something like this. But, sadly, this is the world we live in…

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DrDoom - 7/25/2012, 6:43 AM
I'm really sick of people talking about this "tragedy".

Move on already.
BarnaclePete - 7/25/2012, 7:08 AM
Why would you be afraid to go to a movie now? It's not like this has happened a bunch of times in the past. I'm sure it's not the first shooting in a movie theatre, but it's definitely the first one I've ever heard about. Something like this making you afraid to go to the movies is ridiculous. When I was a kid, there was a robbery and a large number of murders at a local McDonald's. Now should this have scared and stopped people from going to McDonald's? Of course not, because that would be stupid. The one thing I could agree with is that it probably would feel uneasy to go to that same theatre where this happened. I saw Dark Knight Rises for the second time last night and I wasn't the least bit worried about it. As far as people making light of things, this always happens. Sure there are people who just don't care, but humour is a normal response to things like this. It's not that it is being looked at as a funny event, it's just a defense mechanism.
SoFresh - 7/25/2012, 7:22 AM
I didn´t want to have to say this, but this is not an earth shattering event, that will forever change our minds as some of you say, outside of of the U.S.A no one give a [frick], we saw it on the news, and we were like"Hey look, oh what a pity, move along".
This kind of stuff happens all throught the world, but when it happens in your homeland everyone needs to sit down and learn that we won´t take it anymore.
Stop trying to make a spectacle out of this to the whole world to see how sympatethic you are to other human beings and start, worrying about impleting more psychiatric evaluation necessary for some one to get a gun, so that you may lower the probability of this happening again...
TheHierophant - 7/25/2012, 11:26 AM
@AcidicHeart: Yeah... "Move on already"... It's not like it happened yesterday, it has been 5 days...

@BarnaclePete: "Afraid" might've been too strong of a word. While you might not get the same uneasiness that I do, I'm sure the vast majority will. The fact that it happened in a movie theater is a moot point. This just proves that we aren't safe anywhere, a fact we all know, or should know. We get lulled into a false sense of security, and something like this snaps us back to reality. I understand that humor is the natural response, but seems to be in very poor taste. I mean you have to put yourself in the shoes of the victims. You enjoy memes and such, you pop online to have a laugh only to be met with memes and jokes making light of a tragic event that happened in your life only a couple days prior. To me, it's insensitive.

@G3n3r4lzZoD9: Again, you might not get the same uneasiness I will, but that doesn't mean the majority won't. I'm not making a spectacle out of this. It IS a spectacle. You do realize that I'm not an elected official, right? If I could implement the proper psychiatric evaluations that SHOULD already be the standard, I most certainly would. Most people feel that Americans are uncaring douchebags who only care when something happens on our soil (that isn't altogether wrong, either). But not every American is that way. Some of us do care what happens to other people, no matter where it is. But, your attitude towards this event has helped to prove the point that it isn't an American condition, but a human condition to not care unless something happens in your home...
TheMyth - 7/25/2012, 11:26 PM
[frick]ing hell... all I have to say is if you really are that frightened by this event, you're a paranoid moron. I doubt you feel this fear or anxiety when you gas your car, even though thousands have been killed in gas station and liquor store robberies just in the last 50 years in our country alone... It's so embarrassing how my fellow Americans "cope" with shit like this. Instead of worrying about how much this effects you and your ability to enjoy a damn movie, maybe you should man up and think about what you'd do to stop a madman like this and save lives even if it means your own. There were victims in the shooting that used their own bodies as shields for their loved ones. What would you do? Because I get the feeling you'd cower in your own fear and piss. Prove me wrong...
TheHierophant - 7/26/2012, 8:59 PM
@TheMyth: If you bothered to read my previous comment, you would've seen that I admitted that "afraid" was too strong of a word, that "uneasy" would be a better description. And I don't enter gas stations. I pay at the pump, simply because I have a friend who has been robbed MULTIPLE times. And finally, don't EVER question what I would do to protect my family and friends! You don't know me, so don't presume to do so based on 1 EDITORIAL. Prove you wrong?!?! What, are you some sort of f*cking crazy @sshole?!?! Are you going to pay a visit to my local theater to terrorize it just to try to prove a point to me, a random guy on the internet? Maybe think a little harder before you write something, champ. Yes, I will be a bit uneasy when I go to a movie theater because of this event! It's a crazy world we live in. Any nut can do anything at any time, and that makes me uneasy. If you say you're not even the least bit uneasy by this sh*tty world, then you're lying.
hughhefnersballsac - 7/29/2012, 11:30 PM
Thanks for this article! I really did enjoy reading your work as always. It also drew in all these ignorant comments above that just helped to prove your point. I understand the feeling of uneasiness that you and many others feel right now. I mean you'd have to be an emotionless, psychotic robotlike individual not to feel a little uneasy....right AcidicHeart, BarnaclePete, and TheMyth? Speaking of cowards.... @TheMyth....your comment is probably the most entertaining of anyone's. It's funny that you took time out of your day to post such an ignorant hateful comment just to show how" badass" you are. I guess if you're cowaring behind a computer screen you can do and say anything without any worries right? I would like to make a suggestion though... ,you should go back the jerking it to your favorite anime characters instead of posting ignorant comments. I am sure I'm not wrong in guessing that's what a majority of your sad,lonely,gaming life is spent. Prove me wrong....
TheHierophant - 7/29/2012, 11:44 PM
@hughhefnersballsac: Sincerely... with all of my heart...


Just... LMFAO

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