What’s Left?Jul 26th, 2012 | By admin | Category: Opinion
The world was shocked to learn Friday morning, July 20th, of the terrible massacre of movie-goers in Aurora, Colorado. Suspect James Holmes, 24, a former PhD candidate in neurosciences, has given no motive for the 12 people that were murdered by gunshot wounds and 58 others who were injured - some critically. Holmes allegedly entered the theater near the beginning of the midnight showing of the newest Batman show, “The Dark Knight Rises” dressed in full body armour. He was carrying an assault rifle, a handgun, and a shotgun according to police reports. He broke in the side door to the theater and began shooting after throwing a cannister of some sort of gas into the theater. People in that theater as well as the one next to it were injured. Holmes surrended without incident when officers confronted him behind the theater. Police were on the scene within a minute of 911 calls according to reports. This is the most mass killing the U.S. history. Holmes appeared on television during his first court appearance with dyed orange hair. His apartment had been booby trapped and it took police a few days to eliminate the threat. In the meantime, residents of that apartment complex had to be evacuated from their homes.
It is still hard to believe that so many innocent poeple lost their lives doing something we’ve all done before and believe we are safe while doing it. It was reported that Holmes bought all his weapons legally.
When you hear something like this - well we’ve never heard anything quite like this - but in a situation where you have a heavily armoured gunman, randomly shooting at a crowd in a confined place - there is not much you can do. Even if you have a gun - you can’t shoot the gunman because it wouldn’t hurt him and you might shoot a bystander. It was just a terrible event and we should all pray for everyone involved: the victims, their families, the shooter and his family, and the police and first responders and hospital staff and clergy who are working with those trying to recover.
Go to your happy place.
See you next week.