Today is one of those weird days. The shooting at the movie theater in Colorado has distracted me. I’m watching all of the coverage on CNN. It’s all still in the inchoate stage, so it seems rather futile to even make an attempt to write anything about it. The stats have changed several times and most of what really happened is conjecture and eyewitness accounts. Of course, for every witness there is a different story.
I wish that I could say that tragedies like this shock me, but I can’t. I don’t mean to sound cynical, but I’ve come to expect things like this. That’s just the world we live in. Sure it’s awful and tragic and senseless, but I suppose that it could happen anywhere at any time. You just never know how random the day (or night) is going to be when it comes to violence.
I suppose that the thing that puzzled my the most were the early accounts and reports of how the gunman kicked in the exit door to gain access to the theater. I don’t understand how that is even possible. If I’m not mistaken exit doors open outward from the inside of a building (the Cocoanut Grove Nightclub fire in Boston led to a law that banned inward-swinging exit doors). Kicking it in from the outside seems impossible. Later there were other reports about how he got it, but they were very vague and cryptic.
I just think that it’s so ironic how closely the title of the movie relates to the event.