The Denver Post has created a web page devoted to the heroes of the Aurora shooting. Not simply a memorial for those who died as a result of the tragedy, but also including stories of people who put their own lives in danger to help others. Many people from all walks of life became heroes that horrifying day.
What would I do?
When the lights go down in a movie theater, you are alone, even in the crowd.
Please be quiet. Silence your cellphone.
The room smells of popcorn butter, and your shoes stick to the floor. But the surroundings drift away as the images onscreen spool into your imagination and the sound effects vibrate into your rib cage. The accelerating story takes you along. That’s the point, isn’t it? To escape?
From practically the opening scene of “The Dark Knight Rises,” pretend guns fire and actors shriek, a classic slam-bang opener.
But then, during a quiet scene, the sound of gunshots — suddenly, confusingly — comes alive again in theater 9 at the Century Aurora 16. Bullets rip into the air. Innocents scream. The gunman shouts. The wounded wail out. The bloodshed is real.
What would I do?
Watch the video below…
It’s not very often that the media focuses on good, heart-warming news in any situation, let alone a tragedy the likes of the Colorado movie-theater shooting. We tend to focus on the bad news, the shocking news on a daily basis, overlooking feel-good stories because they are ‘boring’.
Guilty as charged here as well.
While the media will be focusing intensely on the story, background, and motive of the shooter in Aurora, despite none of it really mattering to the outcome, it’s certainly nice to see stories of heroism.
Michelle Malkin explains it best when she posted a column focusing solely on the victims…
Many TV viewers have e-mailed their frustration with news outlets running wall-to-wall coverage and photos of the alleged Aurora movie theater shooter. They don’t want to see his face. They don’t want to keep seeing his name.
I share that sentiment completely. While law enforcement officials have not yet released a public list of victims, friends and family members are spreading word on social media about the loved ones they have lost.
Please click on the link to read profiles, see photos, and hear memories of the 12 innocent lives taken by a pure act of evil.
Another aspect of heroism I wanted to share with you today is the story of three men who lost their lives taking a bullet for their girlfriends.
It’s a scenario that as men, we’ve all played out in our minds at some point or another – If ever there were a situation in which we had to sacrifice our lives for the life of our wife or girlfriend, we would do so without a second thought. We all like to think we would do that. But would we if the situation presented itself? Would shock and fear overcome our bodies and minds, or would we react quickly, without hesitation to shield our loved ones from harm?
We may hope so, but these three men did. And because of that, their girlfriends all survived the massacre in Colorado.
Via the Daily News:
Three survivors of the Colorado movie-theater massacre escaped with minor wounds, but were left with broken hearts because their heroic boyfriends died saving them.
In final acts of valor, Jon Blunk, Matt McQuinn and Alex Teves used their bodies to shield their girlfriends as accused madman James Holmes turned the Aurora cineplex into a shooting gallery.
Blunk’s girlfriend, Jansen Young; McQuinn’s girlfriend, Samantha Yowler; and Teves’ gal pal Amanda Lindgren made it out of the bloodbath — but they would have been killed had it not been for the loves of their lives.
Please take time to read the rest of the couple’s bittersweet stories…
Police in Aurora, Colorado have confirmed responding to a major shooting scene at a movie theater hosting a midnight premier of the movie The Dark Knight Rises.
The AP reports:
Police say there has been a shooting at a movie theater near Denver, and a hospital spokeswoman says there may be several victims.
Aurora, Colo. police say they are responding to a shooting at a movie theater at a local mall.
Police spokeswoman Cassidee Carlson says “the scene is still very active and we have little information for release at this time.”
NBC says that ‘at least 20‘ have been injured:
At least 20 people were hurt early Friday following a shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., police said.
The incident occurred during a midnight showing of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises,” a police official told NBC News.
Several news sources have indicated 10 dead right now, but the International Business Times (IBT) indicates 12. They also mention the possibility of multiple gunmen and explosive devices. Other accounts on Twitter have indicated that tear gas or other incendiary devices were also used. The report indicates that one man, described as “an Indian male” is in custody while another remains on the loose.
Facts will likely change in this story and I urge people to exercise caution when drawing their own conclusions. I will update this story as much as possible throughout the day.
Prayers to the victims, their families, and the community of Aurora, Colorado.
UPDATE: Multiple children reported among the dead.
An update to the IBT report states:
Multiple children are among the dead according to Donna Hayes-Johnson, a news producer at WFHP. It is even being reported that a baby was shot at point-blank range.
Whoever perpetrated this act had to have known going in that a Batman movie would involve many children in the crowd. This is truly horrifying.
UPDATE: 9NEWS Denver reports a confirmed minimum of 10 dead, 39 transported.
Mitt Romney today made the following statement on this morning’s tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado:
“Ann and I are deeply saddened by the news of the senseless violence that took the lives of 15 people in Colorado and injured dozens more. We are praying for the families and loved ones of the victims during this time of deep shock and immense grief. We expect that the person responsible for this terrible crime will be quickly brought to justice.”