There were heroes in Aurora
I have thoughts about classes of weapons, and the reliance of media on hyperbole and specious arguments, as well as thoughts on the film itself. This is not the place for those thoughts.
Instead, I want to talk about the fact that there were heroes at the Cinemark 16 in Aurora, Colorado. They were the people who sounded the alarm. They were the people who helped strangers out of the line of fire amid the chaos of gunfire, smoke, and fear. They were parents protecting children, friends holding each others’ hands, police officers and first responders. There were heroes in that cinema, not because they chose the mantle of a hero, but because they did what was necessary in a moment of need.
There is horrific loss and tragedy in the Aurora shooting, but there is bravery and courage as well.
We can talk about what all this means on another day. For now, let’s just think about the survivors and families, those lost and those who stepped up when they were needed. If you can help: help. HuffPo has a list of resources. Tell the people around you that you love them, and hold them close.
My thoughts are with the victims and their families.