Oh what a world we live in folks! Seriously, why is world peace so hard to achieve? Why do so many people feel the need to cause harm to others? These are the questions running through my mind after hearing about the horrible theater shooting that took place at The Dark Knight Rises opening in Aurora, Colorado.
Due to the senseless act of violence carried out by 24 year old James Holmes, 12 people will never return home to their families alive. Some one has a lost a wife, a husband, a son , a daughter, a mother, a father and a friend. 38 more people were injured after being caught in the crossfire of Holmes bullet spray. As a mother one of the worst parts of what happened is that one of the victims injured in this whole ordeal was a 3 month old baby!!
I fought back tears hearing that. I'm not an easy crier but when it comes to situations like these and I hear children have been hurt it tugs heavily at my heart strings. How could so one so young be so evil and heartless? This couldn't have been an overnight transformation. You just don't wake up and go open fire on a movie theater full of innocent people--strangers.
While my heart goes out to the victims, a part of me is sad for the shooter as well. I feel sad that he felt so inclined to do something so horrible. I wonder what his reason behind shooting all those people were? Was he not loved? Did he have an abusive childhood? Was he bullied? Is this a mental breakdown?
I've always been a believer that people like Holmes give off warning signs before they just go over the edge. However, their family and friends ignore it or down play it as nothing serious. But what if they would have cared more and tried to address those signs? Would this have changed his actions? And does the government need to make it harder for people to obtain guns?
I'm definitely thanking God a lot more for my family and hugging my kids extra tight. I've always been a prayerful person-a prayer warrior as my mom calls me. And I urge you all to do same. As you go about your day, send up a prayer for the residents of Aurora, the victims and their families, the shooter and his family and our world in general. We have to try to make this world a better place not just for ourselves but our kids and so that their families can a future.
Let's make an effort to reach out to someone who is going through. You never know if your words or kindness could be the difference between them rediscovering hope or going over the edge. So, I just want to that each and everyone of you mean a lot to me. Without your support and kindness YUMMommy wouldn't be where it is today. I thank those of you who have gone the extra mile to bond with me beyond the blog. It means a lot.
Did you hear about theater shooting in Aurora? What are your thoughts? Do we need stricter gun laws?