Two Important Points about the Aurora Shooting

The horrific shooting in Colorado has been so extensively analyzed that there’s almost nothing left to say. Almost. There are two issues that should be getting more attention.

First, we need to acknowledge that three of the victims were men who used their own bodies to protect their girlfriends. We’re going to hear a lot over the next months and years about how males are violent, but it’s important that we not forget that men are also heroic (far more often than they’re violent). Without giving a second thought to their own safety, Jon Blunk, Matt McQuinn and Alex Teves gave their lives so the women they loved could live.

The next issue is a bit more controversial. The youngest victim of the shootings was Veronica Moser-Sullivan, age six. What were Veronica’s parents thinking when they brought a 6-year old to a midnight showing of an amazingly loud, violent, and scary movie–a movie no 6-year old should be seeing? (And, for that matter, what were the parents of a 4-year old girl and a 4-month old boy thinking when they brought their kids? Fortunately, that family was incredibly lucky and escaped largely unharmed.) I’m by no means saying that losing their daughter “served them right” or some other nonsense. Of course not. But even in the midst of this kind of tragedy, it’s worth noting that as parents, we have to remember that our kids are not just miniature adults.

 

 

Comments

  1. I cannot even recall the last time my husband and I went out. We can almost never find a sitter. I’m not complaining though, some things just get put to the side when you have kids. I struggle with the idea of bringing my 4 yr old to a daytime showing of a G rated movie. I find myself to be on sensory overload in the theater. My ears often crack and ring after leaving. I don’t even want to think of what it’s going to the ears of small kids.

    I am glad you pointed out these three heroic young men, they do deserve far more attention than they have gotten. May they rest in peace.

    • You’re absolutely right about the noise. I understand the whole sensurround thing–you want to feel like you’re really there–but seeing a movie shouldn’t involved doing any longterm damage.

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