As a striving journalist, I feel it is my duty to report on the shooting at Aurora this past night, July 20, 2012. If you are unaware of the shooting, be sure to read this: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-07-20/colorado-shooting-holmes/56373668/1?csp=34news
Instead, I come to you tonight as a human being and give you the thoughts and feelings from the heart of a young man.
Today was supposed to be the end of a legend. The Dark Knight Rises was set to break records and send a shock through the movie industry. Theaters sold out, lines were formed, and frantic tweets of excitement were written. I stood alongside the best of friends and movie-goers alike, anticipating an end 7 years in the making. Little did I know that soon after the movie I would face another shocking tale. My initial reaction was conflict. I’d just witnessed the greatest piece of cinematography and story ever told on screen, but sat heart broken knowing that experience was robbed from hundreds just mere hours away. Something I took for granted was so easily taken away. It breaks my heart to think that the world has grown so cold to the point that you can no longer watch a damn movie without the risk of tragedy. The media has made this criminal famous. It’s ridiculous. We’re letting him win. This man, this monster, intended to strike fear into the hearts of us through sheer acts of horror.
We cannot give into fear.
More than ever, we need to stand together and support the families in Aurora.
It’s our turn to rise.