All day long, I’ve been asking myself the same question: what would make someone dress in all black, sneak into a movie theater, and gun down innocent people, killing 12 and wounding 58 more.
Honestly, I haven’t a clue. But that’s exactly what happened last night in Aurora, Colorado. During the midnight screening of the much-anticipated movie The Dark Knight Rises, the suspect by the name of James Eagan Holmes, a 24-year-old graduate student at the University of Colorado-Denver, forever changed the lives of countless individuals.
Since I’m sure you know all of the details by now, I’ll spare you any further discussion of them. Instead, I would like to pose another question: when is enough, enough?
When are people going to start realizing that the decisions they make, whether good or bad, have a corresponding effect on the lives of others?
I’m tired of hearing people spew bull like, “Yeah, he did it, but his brain was messed up.” Can anybody say duh?
I’ve taken several psychology classes during my time in high school and college and while I’m far from an expert, I have learned that everyone, and I do mean everyone, from the time they are a small child until all throughout adulthood, knows the difference between right and wrong.
So when are we going to quit killing each other? When are we going to learn to deal with our problems like sensible grown-ups?
I don’t know. Perhaps some of the individuals who inhabit this earth aren’t anywhere near sensible.
To be honest, while people are said to be inherently good, some people, particularly in today’s society, seem to have something evil inside of them. How can you commit such an atrocity as the one Holmes did and be a good person?
I’m a very religious person who believes in a higher power and while I’d like to think that there is more good than bad in the world, I wish more people would give me reason to believe so.
I may be watching much of the world go to hell, but I’m beyond tired of it. I still feel that anyone is capable of being saved.
You might argue that these are the ramblings of a guy, me being a sportswriter, who has no right talking about these types of things.
But then I’d argue that Holmes had no right doing what he did either.
All I can do now is pray for the families of those affected by what have been called “senseless killings.”
In my opinion, “senseless” doesn’t even begin to describe it.