Stunned Shock

Today, I took my husband to the bus stop, came home, and went back to bed. I got up later than I meant to, ate breakfast, and went bowling. I came home and sat down to read, trying to stay cool.

I never turned the TV or the radio or even my computer on, a sharp departure from my norm.

I did not know about the horrific tragedy that took place in Aurora last night until 5:00 pm today.

I don’t know what to say. My heart goes out to the people who were in that theater. I saw an interview with a man who dropped his baby trying to escape. The baby and the father, mother, and other child in that family were all hurt, none seriously. Physically. I am sure it will take them years, if ever, to recover from the other damage done to them. They are in my prayers tonight and I am begging that the man find it in his heart to forgive himself. It won’t be easy.

He is representative of everyone else there who suddenly found themselves in a deadly situation for no reason other than wanting to attend the premiere of a wildly anticipated movie. It should have been an awesomely fun night.

What makes a person decide, plan, and execute a massacre of his fellow human beings, especially his own countrymen? I’m not saying it’s okay to massacre people of any country, mind you. I just don’t understand how you can turn against your own, much less how you can justify doing this to any human being. From what we’re finding out, he spent four months scoping out the theater, buying the weapons and explosives, and equipping himself with heavy-duty body armor.

What broke? Why here? What could anyone have done to set this guy off this way? Did it even have to do with us or was it just a random act of unbelievable cruelty?

I’m not the only one asking these questions tonight.

Please, hold the people who were there, their families, the Aurora first responders (they were there in 90 seconds and certainly saved a lot of lives), and everyone touched by this horror in your hearts and prayers. Hug your families, especially your children, a little extra tonight. It’s the only thing I can think of that might make a difference tonight.

You might spare a prayer for the murderer’s family. Today, they found out they raised a monster. I cannot believe anyone sets out to raise a mass murderer.

From Lakewood, another suburb of Denver, good night. Please, let us all have a good night.

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