Friday, July 20, 2012

Oh the humanity

So the new Batman movie came out, yay, right?  Wrong, so wrong.  The sad thing is, we're almost so used to it, that we'll say, awful, or sad, but we'll move on, like it didn't happen because it didn't happen to us directly.  Of course i'm talking about the Aurora, Colorado shooting at the Dark Knight Rises showing
I went to a High School that a few years before and a few after i was there had shootings, not to the include a stabbing and numerous fights while i was there.  I have a friend who lost a best friend to a school shooting, but that was something directed specifically for her.  We've all heard about Columbine, but we all know the wasn't the first one and not the last one, but it was the one that called a lot of attention to the problem.  So, they added metal detectors at schools.  My friend has been a school cop for over a decade, the schools he's worked at had metal detectors since they were established yet nothing more than a fight here and there ever happened.  These things are pretty random, a fucking movie theater of all places, damn.  I remember a few years back about a Jewish Community Center, i thought that took the cake.  But, they are random, some fuck loses it, or convinces himself that it's the only way, for what, who knows, the cowards usually kill themselves before they are caught. We talk about it for a while, we feel bad, we move on.  Like i said, unless we're directly affected by it.  Which isn't to say we're insensitive, it's just the way it is.  I know the thought of being unlucky enough to be there or to have someone i care about hurt in some way scares me more than when i was in the war.  At least there i had a fighting chance.  As much as i love living in this country, i know that things like this aren't common in others.  But, the randomness is the key, was it Norway that had the shooter dressed as police officer at a summer camp last year?  60 something fatalities, not including the bombing that was used to distract, horrifically well planned.  The theater guy too, he won't have a name here, not while i'm writing this, he did it in a such a way that people never saw it coming, by distracting them.  This is where someone would say what they would have done differently, me with my military training etc., no, i would have sat there, seen a guy come in, seen him throw out two gas canisters and maybe had enough time to react.  But most likely be one of the unlucky people who got hit first and never heard the rampage unfold.  If only running was an option, taking off to a place where this wont happen to me, but the randomness says i have the same chance of it not happening to me here or where ever i go.  So what to do?  Feel sad, think it's awful, be glad it didn't happen to us and move on until the next time.  It sounds insensitive, but it's really just disconnect, and only for a minute before realizing it's just life, it happens.

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