And You’ll Never Have To

First and foremost, Chris and Ryan, tremendous blogs on the site this week.  You’re words about the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado were well spoken and heartfelt.  Since Friday morning when coverage of this tragedy was widespread, I was like many others across our country: Heartbroken.   My friends and I partook in the midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” as well that evening in New Brunswick, NJ.  We had a great night of watching the greatest superhero trilogy from beginning to end for nine hours and shared it with a theater full of people with the same enthusiasm that we had.  Despite being delayed on the way home due to a person blocking traffic with their broken down Mustang, our night went off without a hitch. We didn’t get home till 5:30 a.m. on July 20th.  Before I went to bed, I got an alert from the IMDB app on my phone that kept me up to date with all the latest news regarding the new Batman film.  The alert read that 10 people were killed and many more injured to a gunman’s fire at a Colorado theater.  My heart sank immediately and thought “Not this again.”

As I woke up hours later into the afternoon, the media was all over the story as were friends and family on Facebook.  I started crying immediately.  I couldn’t control my grief and wept as I spoke to my parents on the phone about this incident.  “Why did this happen?,” I said over and over again to them.  I couldn’t help but think that, “What if that was us?”  The horror and sympathy I felt for these poor people was all I could think about.  I felt especially terrible for the six year old child killed during this attack.  I was that same kid, who just went to the theaters as excited as could be to see Batman.  Instead of rejoicing and telling friends that their awesome parent took them to see the movie at midnight before anyone else saw it, she had her life robbed from her.  It was a day that was supposed to be celebrated by fans as the conclusion to the story of Batman hit theaters.  The weekend was supposed to be filled with buzz about people’s reactions to the movie as well as talk of shattering box office records.  It wasn’t supposed to be linked with tragedy.

There is no instance whatsoever to which you can blame the violence of this film to what that bastard did to those people.  People make their own choices in life and he made his.  This unfortunately could have happened anywhere.  There is no reason that Christopher Nolan, nor Warner Bros. can be held accountable for what happened.  The movie was made for the sole purpose to entertain, not to inspire madness and death.  Sadly though, anytime you think of this film, you can’t help but think of the tragedy that came along with it.  That absolutely sucks.  The last few days, even I’ve tried to get the movie off my mind, because I can’t help but think about what happened.  Over time, I’m sure the sting of the tragedy will hurt less, but for now it’s near impossible to try to get the enjoyment out of something I loved and look forward to so much.  As much as I don’t want to give that bastard power over my enjoyment, it’s also hard to look at the villain in the film, Bane, and not immediately think of what that man did.

Gun control is something that’s always been near and dear to my heart.  Ever since the Columbine Tragedy in 1999, when I was in seventh grade, I’ve been a staunchly for stricter gun laws in this country.  Since Columbine, there have been several other tragic instances where innocent people have died in a public setting because some crazed lunatic got their hands on a weapon and took out people who did not deserve to die.  What can we do to stop this from ever occurring again, anywhere?  We need stricter enforcement on the purchasing of firearms in this country.  It was too easy for this son of a bitch in Aurora to get his hands on weapons that no American citizen should own that many of in the first place.  Unless you are in the military or police force, there is absolutely no reason whatsoever that any normal citizen should carry semi-automatic weapons.  More restrictions need to be in place.  Whatever is necessary, such as more psych evaluations and more thorough FBI background checks, by all means pursue it.  If there has to be some sort of follow-up on gun owners and the use of their guns, so be it.  Some people will cry foul and say it’s an infringement on their rights.  Well, tough shit.  After Friday’s tragedy, I say there aren’t enough restrictions that could prevent another person from committing a similar, heinous act.

If there is one ray of light that has come out of this tragedy, it’s the fact that Christian Bale has visited those in Colorado who were injured during the violent attack that happened early Friday morning.  He was seen paying his respects to those lost, and showing heartfelt sympathy to those directly affected by the violence.  He didn’t do this as a request from Warner Bros., but on his own behalf.  It shows a lot about a man’s character that he can forget the glitz, glamor and publicity he’s used to dealing with for a film’s release and do the right thing to try to lift the spirits of those effected.  There’s a quote from “Batman Begins” that directly applies to Bale’s generosity, to which I’ve named my blog title after.  In the film after Batman’s tireless efforts to save the city, Commissioner Gordon says, “I never said ‘Thank you.'”  Batman’s reply is “And you’ll never have to.”  This sums everything up everything done here by Bale on Tuesday July 25th.  He’s there because he wants to be there.  He plays a hero on screen, and their courage and will to live has inspired him to visit them.  Kudos Mr. Bale.  You truly are a great human being.

Stricter gun laws are needed now more than ever, and more security needs to be in place for similar venues in order to prevent tragedies like this from happening again.  I hate instances like this.  Why do they occur and what can be done to stop them?  The next few weeks will be difficult for most Americans and people around the world regarding this tragedy.  I know the next couple of times I enter a movie theater, I won’t be able to think about anything else but what happened.  I won’t stop my life because of one crazed individual.  Going to the movies is my favorite pastime, and I won’t let someone get that kind of power over me to which I can’t enjoy myself again.  I hope for stronger enforcement everywhere and that tragedies and incidents like this never occur again, especially close to home.

To the families and friends of those lost in Aurora, you have my deepest condolences.  To those injured, be strong and have faith to see this through.  To those lost, rest peacefully.  You were taken too soon and I hope you find yourself in the arms and safety of our Lord.

Aurora.  July 20, 2012.  Never forget.