No matter where we are, how many people are killed, or who did it; it would seem that life never ceases to shock us.
On Thursday as I was leaving the theater, a police officer approached my car asking me if I was waiting for someone. I said no, then the officer explained to me that the theater was not a safe place to be at the time. He asked if I watched the news.
"No," I said, confused. "I've been at the theater for the past 6 hours."
The officer gave a concerned look in my direction. "There has been a shooting at a theater not too far from here. No theater in Colorado is safe right now." Then the officer proceeded to stop the flow of traffic to allow me to back my car out of the parking space to leave the theater parking lot.
The first thing I thought was to text all my friends, since I knew they were at several other theaters attending a premiere of the Dark Knight Rises movie. At the time, I did not know which theater the shooting took place, or any further details other than what the officer had told me.
It turns out that all my friends still live and are not injured. However, the theater was about 20 minutes away from where I was at the time.
I am so thankful for all of the law enforcement and medical officials that were so quick to arrive on the scene. Because of them, so many lives were saved and still live to love their beloved for another day. My brother-in-law is a police officer at Columbine PD, he was one of the officers on duty that night. He sacrificed his time off to help others in this time of need.
I am so grateful to live in a place where law enforcement and medical officials are trained for this type of situation, that thought quickly on their feet. This is not the first shooting in Colorado, and I highly doubt it will be the last. Do not be fooled, for this experience will only make us stronger and faster for the next time around.
Blame who you want, or whatever you want. It doesn't stop the fact that there are people out there who simply want to hurt others. They will always figure out a way if they care to.
What is done is done... All we can do now if comfort each other and help the people around us who need it. It is obvious that this has not only effected our home, but many around the world as well. Hang in there, Everyone. <3
Reading: A Clash of Kings- George R.R. Martin