First of all I want to offer my condolences and empathy to all those who knew someone who perished or were injured in this horrific massacre. Innocent movie goers become victims of an evil and disturbed individual. Today, anger exploded on all fronts. The anti-gun control advocates were urging Piers Morgan to wait until this tragedy was figured out before starting up the fight to ban all assault weapons and Morgan angrily replied if it had been figured out yesterday this wouldn’t have happened. Anger exploded. The people who are in fear of the mentally ill began railing at the “crazies” in our society. The mentally ill fighting stigma were silenced for a minute, too afraid to respond with the facts. The majority of the mentally ill are not violent. . I suffer from a mental illness and I have never met a violent sufferer yet. But in the heat of fear and ignorance people want answers and someone to blame beside the perpetrator. This is normal human behavior. But so are love, hope and compassion.
Mother blogs were angry at the “type” of parent who takes their month old children to violent movies at midnight. Others were pleading for tolerance and informing the more affluent mothers that young parents don’t always have money for babysitters. I was a teenage wife and parent and I sometimes brought my children to inappropriate places; once to a job interview and then to a nightclub in Puerto Rico.
Violent movies and games were one of the major offenders to blame but media psychologists reported that the angry and disenfranchised were more likely to become lone wolves lashing out at society than those who played Halo. They said violent games were not proven to be correlated to these brutal incidents. The opposers were sure that violence breeds violence and that we should go back to the days of yore. Hello Andy and Bee, goodbye Dexter. They have a point but time and technology prevents back to the future type innocence.
But throughout the fighting, there is a mutual sadness and love for those that are lost that rises like light against the darkness of death and brings us together in one human being. As Anne Frank so eloquently said. “Despite everything, I believe that. people are really good at heart.”
This said in the face of inhuman horror and genocide. We must never forget that time in history and we must never forget this one.