People from around the world have gotten word about the tragedy that has transpired yesterday at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, where 12 people lost their lives and dozens were wounded after a gunman opened fire during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises. Many have sent their condolences to their families. Even our Presidential candidates put a stop to their campaigns as a sign of respect to those who passed.
It’s important to know that these killings have nothing to do with The Dark Knight Rises. And I don’t want to go into the psychology of a man who could do such an evil act, but it’s comforting to know that people are putting aside their differences and coming together to comfort those who lost their loved ones.
Now director Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan has responded to the mass murder in Colorado. This comes after the news that Warner Bros. would be cancelling the Paris Premiere of the film.
Here’s the quote from Nolan:
“Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises, I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community.
I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime.
The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me.
Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families.”
What Nolan says is very true. These were just normal people who wanted to go out and watch a movie. It doesn’t matter what movie it was, a person who goes out to a theater to watch a film is there to do that, watch a movie and get away from the world. So it’s sad to think there are evils out there who threaten the safety and comfort of a movie theater. Our deepest condolences go out to the victims and their families.
The Huffington Post has put up a timeline of the events of the Aurora shooting.
[Source: E! Online]