Thursday night I went to the midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises." Friday morning, I woke up and turned on the news. I was shocked. The caption on the screen said "Horror in Theatre Nine." Twelve dead and dozens more injured at a cinema in Colorado. Who would do this? Is no place safe anymore? Could this have happened in my theatre in Lynchburg?
Tragedies like this never make sense. Why hurt all these innocent people? What was going through this shooter's mind? What makes someone want to kill all those people?
Sometimes it seems like there is no safe place these days. With mass shootings at high schools, colleges and now movie theatres, it makes part of me scared to just go out in public. I can't help but think about these poor victims' friends and families. It makes me think of my mom and what she must be feeling this morning. I'm sure she never wants me to go to a movie again.
I'm afraid to leave my apartment today, and I feel silly for being afraid. I know something like this can't hinder us from living our day-to-day lives. This is an isolated act of violence that is very rare. But that fear will still be lurking in the back of my mind for weeks to come.
The only thing I can take from a tragedy like this is to always be on guard. But I don't want to be. I want to be able to relax and enjoy a movie without having to worry about a gunman entering my theatre. I just have to keep telling myself how rare these occurrences are. But for those affected, I'm sure statistics don't matter. My thoughts and prayers go out to these victims' loved ones.