“It was the deadliest mass shooting in Colorado since the Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999. Students Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, opened fire at the school in the Denver suburb of Littleton, about 15 miles west of Aurora, killing 12 classmates and a teacher and wounding 26 others before killing themselves in the school's library.” – Taken from MSNBC.com
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There are plenty of tragic stories of the victims I could share, but honestly, I don’t want to. It saddens me.
What compels people to do this? What drives a man to the utter brink of sanity then finally pushes them over? Is it the natural psychotic mind of the aggressor, or is it the chaotic environment the man grows up in? To be completely honest, I don’t really care. I have far to much faith in humanity to say that this man, or any others like him, did not have the capacity to overcome any and every obstacle that was placed before him. I have no doubt that this James Holmes had many mental, emotional, and/or environmental problems throughout his life. He may have been beaten as a child, or was born with some ailment, I don’t know, but the fact remains. I honestly believe he could have overcome it.
Throughout the course of human history tragedy has filled out history books. As we look to the past almost everyone can tell you the hardships and struggles we have had to endure. It is not uncommon at all to turn on the news and learn of tragic and horrific events (Such as this), even happening locally, but there is a subtle truth that lurks behind these events, a truth that should uplift us. These so-called “frequent” events are actually the exception.
When we look at our everyday life and lifestyle we don’t really see these events much at all. Don’t get me wrong. These events are far too frequent then they should be and can greatly affect those that it does happen to, but think about it. If they were as frequent as we may fear they are then we wouldn’t be surprised if it happened to us, and if we weren’t too surprised then we would not really consider them tragedies. They would just be normal events.
However, they are not that frequent, and that is a blessing. I have no idea why these things happen. They are wrong and hard to accept that anyone could be pushed to that point. Unfortunately, however, it does. So please keep these people in your prayers.