July 22, 2012
Tragedy in Colorado
I am positive that most of you have heard about the tragedy on July 20th in Aurora Colorado. I live about 15 minutes away from where this happened. When I found out about it I was in Austin TX, and immediately went into panic mode when I saw a post from a friend about being in the theater. This event is going to forever change midnight releases and movie going in general. I have always loved going to midnight showings and to the movies in general. Having this happen does not make me feel less safe about going to the movies, even in Colorado where horrible gun violence seems to be a theme. This could have very well happened at a convention or at the supermarket. Living in fear is not what I want as a result from this event. As far as we know the gunman (I refuse to use his name or give him any other acknowledgement) acted alone.
However, I was supposed to see the Dark Knight the following day. The idea made me very upset and I ended up not attending the showing. One thing that I would ask all of our viewers is to consider how your actions can effect those around you. If someone tells you that they are from Denver, don’t immediately ask them about the shooting. This goes the same for any other even like this. You may not realize it but that question makes the person relive whatever discomfort they have from that event. Don’t talk about the killer, if you must be interested in the story read about the lives of those who were lost. Be positive in rebuilding a comfortable place for people to view movies and enjoy their superheros. Do not insist that batman or any other character visit those injured in the hospital. Even if some of them were huge fans of DC characters beforehand, PTSD can destroy that. Just try not to get too much entertainment from the drama that the media is turning this tragedy in to. News no longer just tells us what is going on in the world, it uses events in a negative way. These are just my thoughts on current media. I never realized how upsetting and disturbing it was until I was tied up in the aftermath of an event.