Friday, July 20, 2012

Aurora

I wasn't planning on blogging about this, but I just can't get it off my mind.  Since I read my breaking news email this morning from CNN at 4am when my alarm went off, I haven't been able to stop thinking about it.  
I'm talking about the horrific shooting at a movie theatre last night in Aurora, Colorado.  There was a screening of the new Batman movie and a gunman went in, dispersed some type of gas and then went on a shooting rampage.  As I am writing this, 12 people have been killed and more than 50 injured.  (You can read more about the developing story here.)
What really has struck me, besides the senseless act of random violence and the absolute disregard for human life, has been one victim's story.  Jessica Ghawi was excited to see the movie last night and was trying to convince others to go with her via her Twitter.  She had also recently blogged about almost being a victim of a shooting in Ontario.  You can read that blog here.  She was an aspiring sports reporter who had her whole life ahead of her.  Her brother Jordan is writing about this terrible situation on his blog here.  Reading about their first-hand experiences really makes this terrifying situation more real.  These aren't just numbers or nameless faces in the news.  They are real people, struck by what Jordan calls, "easily the worst time of his life". I just can't rid this sick feeling in my stomach.
I also can't stop staring at Thomas.  Thinking, he will definitely be a movie-goer, how do we protect our kids from disgusting situations like this without locking them in their rooms?  Also, how did one little innocent boy, turn into such a monster who decided to take out his anger on innocent people? 
So many questions, never to find the answers.  
Tonight, my thoughts, love and prayers are going to the families and friends of the victims of Aurora. 
oxoxo 

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