Midnight Massacre: A Perspective in Two Degrees of Separation

By July 21, 2012

The Junior Prom date of our best friend’s daughter was shot in the neck at the Batman “The Dark Knight Rises” screening in Aurora, Colorado. That’s close enough to a tragedy to give one pause. The theater was within a few miles of where my office used to be, and I’m sure that most of the victims are being seen in the emergency room of the hospital that I worked out of for the past 18 years.

When these tragedies happen, I typically say that things like this have been happening forever, but in today’s media and internet driven world, news spreads instantaneously. Does something like this reflect a trend in our society or is this a random act of insanity, carried out by one person in a country of over 300 million people?

Why the Batman movie? Did the person want publicity and knew that this was a movie that would help them garner the publicity? Were they influence by the movie genre? We can analyze forever, but most likely this was just a sick person who would have found some venue to do this. It just so happened that Batman was premiering around the time they decided to carry out this despicable act.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who was there, to their families, to their friends and to the whole community. I couldn’t help but flash back to the Columbine tragedy. When these things happen in your community, it gives you pause, because it is so close. When there are just two degrees of separation from someone who was injured in a senseless act of violence, it’s a reminder that the actual community is the human community. It is all of us. Today, we are all from Aurora, Colorado.