When I woke up today, remembering this is the week of The Open Championship in the U.K., what I expected to see when I turned on the TV were golf scores.
Instead, it was the horror of another mass shooting — eerily, only 20 minutes away from the tragedy that occurred at Columbine High School in 1999 — and this time, in the midst of a midnight screening of the new Batman movie.
A dark night rises, indeed.
Never mind the irony of having the excitement and thrills of turning out at midnight to see Hollywood’s latest from the “Dark Knight” oeuvre, where Batman/Bruce Wayne struggle with their role in fighting crime (or not) in Gotham City, quickly evolving into a very real horror unveiling itself in front of your very eyes.
This was real life, and once again, an extremely tragic, seemingly senseless shooting occurs and there seems to be no explaining it.
It appears thus far that this was the work of a “lone gunman,” and a 24 year-old suspect, James Holmes, is in custody.
Perhaps the only goodness that can come from this horror is that the perpetrator is still among us, and at least an attempt can be made to try and understand what was going through his twisted mind that he would resort to such massive violence for such meaningless and horrific ends.
But I suspect, as is the case with any such mass shooting, whatever explanation there is will never be enough to satisfy those surviving family members whose loved ones were taken from them so tragically.
As President Obama said this morning when speaking about the shooting, “Life is short and fragile,” and suggested that the good that can come out of such a situation is to reflect on how we treat one another and love one another.
“What we will remember is those we loved, and how we treated them,” said the president from Ft. Myers, Florida.
I’ll simply say “Amen” to that, and send out my utmost sympathies and condolences to the people of Colorado.
The end of a very dark night will likely lead to some even longer and darker days to come as we collectively reflect on what brings us such senseless and purposeless violence.
You are in my thoughts and prayers, Colorado.