Erica is a writer, editor, wife, and mom. She has always found employment with an English degree and she excels at nurturing children and animals but struggles to keep houseplants alive. Erica currently writes at

More from this author »

Sensing Violence :: The Dark Knight Shooting

This morning I turned on the news at 7am and saw pictures of emergency lights outside a movie theater.  I immediately figured what happened, which is one of many things wrong with the situation.  Suddenly, “The Dark Knight shooting” switched from a filming term to one of violence and death.

photo by Karl Gehring of The Denver Post

Shootings shouldn’t be so commonplace that a second of news footage leads me to that conclusion, but it’s become a reality ever since the day I sat in my college dorm room and watched similar emergency crews trying to make sense of what happened at Columbine High School.  Now we see similar tragedies play out at school, at work, in a mall, at the movies.

My church has a security team.  Our minister has received death threats and other churches have experienced violence born of hatred.  I sit in public places (church, a movie, the library, a concert) and create action plans in case a shooter comes into the space.  I doubt my ideas will help since I have no training, am not armed, and shooters don’t exactly announce themselves before they begin their destruction.  After all, last night’s masked man opened fire in a dark room of seated people who were focused on a movie.

My heart goes out to the families of those killed, and to those dozens who were wounded.  I pray for kids I don’t even know, that this cycle of hurt people hurting people will somehow end.  That my kids won’t seek darkness, and that darkness won’t inflict them.

Tags: , , , , ,

Leave a Comment

Comments (2)

  1. Allison Randall 07/21/2012 at 8:41 am

    The shadow of Columbine continues to haunt us all. It’s our generation’s version of President Kennedy’s assassination. I was living in Boulder, Co at the time and it was especially horrific because we knew people who knew the victims and only received the news in bits and pieces at first. Thanks for sharing your feelings. These are terrible tragedies that I, too, wish would not continue to be repeated.

  2. Melissa 07/20/2012 at 11:18 am

    I’m just sick over this. Like you, a second of news footage is enough for me to make the right conclusion about what happened. How often do we see that yellow tape cordoning off a crime scene? TOO OFTEN. I confess I’ve done the same thing in a public place – plan an escape route. Such a shame that we have to think about such a thing. I pray to God we don’t have any copycats over this.