Monday, July 30, 2012
A dark day for a dark night. On Friday July 20, 2012, twelve people were killed and fifty eight were injured by alleged gunman James Holmes during a movie viewing in Aurora, Colorado. Many people went to the movies expecting to see the thrilling film Dark Knight Rises. No one expected the fight between good and evil to transfer into real life. During the film, gunman James Holmes entered the theatre and began shooting moviegoers rapidly. Within seconds, pandemonium broke out into the crowd. No one could believe their eyes. This has stirred a lot of emotion and thoughts.
Our hearts goes out to the victims. gen Z would like to extend our condolences to the victims and their families. The sudden loss of loved ones is never easy, and this is no exception. It saddens our generation and America that someone could so cruelly kill these unsuspecting victims with no regard for the value of a human life. Life is so fragile, and it is what we as humans value most in life. This event is truly tragic. Out of compassion and love for the human population we should respect others right to life. Unfortunately, in this event, the gunman had no respect and no concern for other people, and it is truly frightening. However, amidst the tragedy, the heroism from the The Dark Knight Rises is paralleled in this real life event. Of the twelve victims who died, four became real life heroes that night, bravely protecting their girlfriends. It just goes to show that despite the existence of evil malevolent villains and despite the horrific events, good people rise to the occasion to protect what they truly value to the end: loved ones. gen Z truly admire these people for sacrificing their lives out of love and emulating heroism in real life. They are the real heroes.
Many are truly frightened not only by the disregard of the value of the human life by the gunman, but also for morbid tragic events. We know that we have no control over the actions of others and am concerned about the potential threats to my life. Other people are also scared, but as the American society has shown, we are a united front, and we will not be daunted by one person’s attempts to instill fear in our daily lives. Precautions have been made and laws now prevent movie-goers from wearing costumes or carrying weapons or props. Life must go on, and the film the Dark Knight Rises has gone on to earn the 3rd most amount of money in a box opening weekend. To read a Rotten Tomatoes summary and review, go here.
We must not let our fears rule us. By living in fear, we give the gunman the satisfaction of not only having taken away the lives of the innocent unjustly, but we also give him the satisfaction of living our lives affected by him. We, the people, are greater than fear and greater than the villainous acts of injustice. Just like the Dark Knight rises again, so shall we. genZbuzz out.