Today is not the day for politics.
Today most Americans stands united in outrage at the cold-blooded actions of the Colorado shooter and in sympathy for the victims. The Romney and Obama campaigns both did the right thing in pulling their ads in Colorado.
Over at Ace of Spades, telling how this story struck “close to home“, Open Blogger reminds us of what is truly important — the human beings impacted by one man’s evil actions:
My wife and I live in Parker, which immediately south of Aurora. The theater complex in which we see 90%+ of our movies is actually in Aurora, though it’s a different complex than where the vicious attack occurred. And, yes, we’ve gone to midnight showings.
I’m currently on the road, though on my way home — I’m writing this from the Admiral’s Club in the D terminal at DFW Airport. Knowing our movie habits, one of our daughters called me from California just to be sure we were safe; my wife’s brother, for the same reason, caller her at 7 am this morning.
Moviegoers, just like this couple, were murdered engaging in a passion many of us share. Others have been severely injured and may, during their recovery — and even after — develop a different attitude toward going to the movies from that they had, until yesterday, enjoyed.
Today, we should be grateful for the police who responded “within 90 seconds of receiving the first of ‘hundreds’ of emergency calls” — and for speedily arresting the shooter. We should also be grateful for the emergency responders who rushed to the scene to tend to the wounded and for the medical professionals working even now to save their lives at hospitals in and around Denver.
There will be time, in the coming days, to consider the shooter’s background and the media reaction. For now, let us pray for the victims and their families.
*and save politics for tomorrow.
UPDATE: Elizabeth Scalia strikes the right tone on this difficult day:
sometimes, just once in a while — like when human blood is still being cleaned and wounds bandaged, and shocked parents are clinging a little tighter to their children — it might behoove us all, and perhaps even make better people of us, if we can just resist the urge to score a cheap political point or exploit emotions, and give a bit of respectful silence to the grief in our midst; to acknowledge that sometimes, the only appropriate words are offerings of sympathy and prayers, and that anything further is just rampant ego, giving always-divisive evil yet another assist.