I don’t watch the news: Martina talks about the CO shooting.
As I’ve mentioned before, I am not a watcher of the news. I am not proud of that fact seeing as I am now 25 years old and should really care about things other than what Kim Kardashian had for lunch yesterday. That being said, there are some news stories that make you stop, watch, (collaborate) and listen.
The shooting that occured in Colorado last night (this morning?) was that kind of news story. I had heard little snippets of the story all morning - through Facebook, Twitter, the AOL Welcome screen (yes, I still use AOL and I love it. Judge me, I don’t care). My television has not been on all morning so I had no idea the gravity of this situation. I had no idea that the death toll was so high or that it keeps climbing. I had no idea how pre-meditated this attack was. It wasn’t until I signed on to Facebook and saw all of the statuses about it that I realized that I was missing something.
I pulled up the Welcome screen and started to click through the articles and I read the timeline of events. I didn’t read more than 3 paragraphs and I started to tear up. Seriously. The accounts were TERRIFYING. All I could think of was myself (surprise, surprise) and what would I do? How would I save myself and the people around me? Would I freeze up and not do anything? Would I unleash my inner Rambo and take the gunman down? My next thought was “I am never going to the movies again”.
I don’t want to trash talk the gunman since obviously, something is not right in his head. His problems did not start during the opening credits of the latest Batman movie, nor did they end when he was arrested. All I can say about him is that I hope this was not his idea to gain notoriety or to bathe in his 15 minutes of fame. I hope for his sake and for the sake of his victims, especially the 3 month old that he shot, he gets the help he needs.
My heart and my prayers go out to the victims of this tragedy.