We join in with all people of faith to pray for the victims of the shooting in Aurora, Colorado. The first natural reaction to senseless acts of violence is to determine why the tragedy occurred. Because violence doesn’t make any sense, many times we tend to scapegoat or point fingers at the victims. The issue here is not who was at the theater or why they were there or if they brought their children with them or not. The real issue is that a young man, for reasons unknown at this time, decided to go on a shooting spree at a theater and because of that action, many lives have been lost.
In the days to come, we will hear the pundits talk about gun control and with that, the focus on the tragedy will be lost. What about adding to the conversation the lack of proper psychological assessment for students at the undergraduate and graduate levels? What about a conversation about how violence is almost a form of “worship” in our North American culture? After all, wasn’t the Batman movie being shown at the time of the shooting? What about beginning a conversation about community values and our connection with one another? Questions like these should be the ones being discussed in the days ahead.
In the meantime we need to grieve. As people of faith, our attitude should be one of prayer and reflection.