“And the sad part is with this evil, this death, it had no bound. It had no shame. It did not care about age. It did not care about sex. It didn’t care about anything. Little girls were shot and little boys were shot. Elderly people were shot and teenagers were shot and people still in high school were shot. He did not care. Death did not care at all. About age, sex or anything. It was all a massacre.”
The above is from an interview on CNN of Chris Ramos, a witness, a young man who desperately tried to protect his younger sister while watching the man next to him get shot. He apparently did several interviews in the course of the morning after 12 were killed and somewhere between 50 and 75 injured at the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado today.
Mediaite has more on the interviews, video you can watch, and analysis thereof. I think this young man expressed what so many were feeling and he did it eloquently considering the horror of what he had just experienced. He concludes his CNN interview with this:
“It’s a hard thing to get over, but it’s definitely not impossible. And I can’t change what happened at all, but the only thing that I can change is what is happening now. I know 12 to 14 people — I don’t know the exact number — they passed away. Their lives have been taken away. And the fact that a guy that was right next to me got shot, I don’t know how he is, but the fact that it missed me? I am thankful that I have a second life and I definitely don’t want the take it for granted.
But I know that there is evil in the world. I’m not naive about that. There is evil in the world but there is good. The one thing that I want people to know and the main message that I want to get across is not to forget that. To remember the good times of life and the beautiful things. And don’t just remember the horrible things about life because life can be a beautiful thing. We just have to be strong and overcome the evilness.
Like the movie of Batman. The true message of it? Standing up against corruption, against evil, against death. Standing up. Normal citizens just standing up to what is right. It’s ironic that that happened but that is basically the message that the Batman movies give out. Standing up for something that is right and ‘Even though the times get hard, the darkness is always darkest before the dawn.’ The second movie, that is what it said. It is exactly like this.”
God bless everyone involved in the evil that attacked Aurora, Colorado today. May they find comfort and peace. May the physical injuries heal quickly and the emotional scars be soothed.
Evil does not discriminate. We must never fail to stand up against it no matter what form it takes.
Additionally, as Lewis Wallace at Wired says "Nobody should blame the movies for Friday’s horrific killing spree during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises at a theater in Aurora, Colorado".
But here’s the thing: It’s pointless to question the cultural influences of a sick mind. The location of any massacre has little to do with the violence that took place, even if it means something to the deranged killer. If the attack had occurred at a farmer’s market, would we now be breathlessly pondering the dangers of organic produce? No, we would not. [snip]
But whatever you do, don’t confuse a grim movie with real-world violence. And don’t turn a cowardly killer into a supervillain.