Monday, July 23, 2012

It's a Sad World

I don't know about anyone else, but I think people have gone crazy.

This horrifying shooting in Colorado over the weekend has me scratching my head and afraid for my children.

Not that I wasn't terrified after Columbine or Virginia Tech or Tucson. I was. I became fearful of sending my children off the college. Now I'm fearful of going to a movie. I just don't understand what's happening in the world.

I know now is not the time to point fingers or cast blame, but when I hear a 6 year old girl was killed, I have to wonder why she was there in the first place. I have a 6 year old son who loves superheroes. Never, in a million years, would he be at a midnight showing of one of these movies. Ever. I doubt I'll let him go to a midnight movie when he's 12. But that's just me.

I don't even want to comment on the fact that there was a 3 or 4 month old infant there as well. Dare I even mention the words child endangerment - regardless of the fact that there was a shooting at the movie. Who takes an infant to a midnight movie?!?

Across the board, I'm sick about the situation. I'm disgusted that the shooter even had these weapons in the first place. I'm shocked that there are people who bring children and infants to midnight movies. I'm saddened for the families of those who lost loved ones. I'm worried for my children's future.

I'm disheartened about the world we live in.


  1. I agree with you, Debbie, and had never thought about these dangers as much before having a child. It may sound trite, but I worry about the state of the world on almost a daily basis now. And when tragedies of this magnitude happen, I agonize over whether I'm doing anything to tailspin my kid into trouble some day, too. All we can do is try to do our best to raise them, protect them, and love them as much as we can so they become confident and able to go out into the world on their own. Let's hope it's enough.
    I don't know what else to say, but thanks for writing this post. It seems it's always a time to grieve something any more.
    Those poor families.

  2. I am sickened, too. Especially since it's in a place I know well. In fact, I'm taking my youngest to Aurora this week--to the Children's Hospital there. And I think: this guy was planning all this out while I visited the Anshutz Medical campus in April where he worked toward a PHD.
    The same thought crossed my mind: what was a six-year-old doing there? My five and eight year old are in bed at that time.
    I don't know. The whole thing is beyond tragic and beyond sad.

  3. I totally get it. It's like one more opportunity to frighten people. *sigh* Let's hope this is just a solitary crazy moment and nothing more like this will happen. I am sure I am being naive.. but a girl can dream. :-)