It’s day six for our team in Aurora, Colorado. The days are long and the temperatures are hot…most days reach 100 plus degrees. But how can we complain? We can’t.
Twelve people are dead, dozens more injured.. some still fighting to hang on in the very hospitals we drive by each day to and from our live shot locations. I wake up in the morning and I often think of 6-year-old Veronica who lost her life in the theater that night. Her mother, who was shot in the neck, may not have been told yet her little girl is dead.
I also think about Caleb Medley. All he ever wanted to be was a stand-up comedian. Now he’s trapped in a medically induced coma in the ICU. He missed the birth of his baby boy Tuesday morning and may not even know he’s now a father. He has brain damage and has already lost an eye. His wife wasn’t shot that night, but no doubt she has emotional scars.
Why is it that tragedy breeds gratitude? Covering the story of the Aurora movie theater shootings, like many assignments over the years, puts life in perspective.
It’s not that we need tragedy to remind us of all the beautiful things in our own lives - children, work we love, wonderful parents - but tragedy has a funny way of doing exactly that.
No doubt all our of CNN teams will leave Aurora exhausted – physically in some cases, like the crews that haul all our heavy gear, but most – if not all of us – will leave here with a heavy heart. We’re all anxious to get home to hug our loved ones a little closer, kiss our children a couple of extra times as they lay sleeping in their beds.
While we may never come across a villain like the people in Aurora did – and I pray none of us do – we’ll remember how fleeting life can be. No matter how many times we all remind ourselves to enjoy more and live life to the fullest, our busy lives often let us forget.
Don’t forget. Don’t forget to live and enjoy and take in every wonderful moment that comes your way, and don’t forget the people who were inside theater 9.
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Has it occurred to anyone that we have a VIOLENCE problem, not a gun problem?
Sure guns become the weapon of choice far too often, but the root cause may be more in line with the crowding and social disparities than the prevalence of any particular weapon. If not a gun, then a knife, or a brick. Let's look at the real source, not the result of the violence.
Irresponsible reporting tonight on ac360 to imply that EMS/fire was negligent in responding to victims within the theater. No one can fully prepare for the kind of chaos that transpired that dreadful night. Yes, there were victims inside that theater that desperately needed medical attention. However there were also countless victims in the parking lot – many who remain hospitalized in critical condition as we speak. Presumably lives we're saved outside the theater while others were dying inside. The horror of that night will live with all of the first responders for the rest of their lives; the implication that their actions were insufficient only serves to compile their heartache. For a network committed to remembering the victims; it appears that you've lost sight of the fact that these brave men and women risking their lives to help others were victims too.
As I understand the report, the alleged assailant performed poorly on an exam when he decided to plan and carry out this killing spree. Having been in similar situations, both in school and on the job, I suspect he resulted to peer pressure. What I mean is, while I was in school, there was a lot of pressure to stay up, almost as if staying up was a measure of how well one understood the learning content. I suspect that the alleged assailant misunderstood the pressure, and as such, decided to show what he could do–not so much in how interested he was in his subject, but by what idea he could come up with to show others that he could, in fact, "do." I suspect that in lieu of humbling himself down, he simply chose to astound whatever audience he had.
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