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Remembering the Victims of the Colorado Shooting

The tragic shooting in Colorado shook us all wide awake and reminded us of our mortality. It brought sadness and fear, disgust and outrage. James Holmes’s name has been heard on various news outlets and talk shows. He trended on Twitter for a whole day. He gained what he sought, fame. But it is not this monster of a terrorist that deserves his name to be known, but the lives that were lost. Twelve seems like a small number when we lose so many daily to war and disease. But these lives were not ended, they were stolen. So here’s to the twelve people who just wanted a night at the movies. Rest in peace.

  • 6-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan, who just learned how to swim
  • Gordon Cowden, the oldest victim at just 51 and a father of two teens
  • A hero in his own right, Matthew McQuinn, who dove in front of his girlfriend and her brother to shield them from the gunshots
  • Alex Sullivan, who was celebrating turning 27 and his 1st wedding anniversary
  • Three men who served our country, John Larimer (27), Jonathan Blunk (26), and Jesse Childress (29)
  • Jessica Ghawi, 24, an aspiring sports journalist who had escaped a near-death shooting just a month ago
  • A “Subway sandwich artist” and college student, Micayla Medek, 23
  • Alexander Boik, 18, who aspired to be an art teacher and was just about to start his freshman year of college
  • Rebecca Ann Wingo had just begun her job at mobile medical imaging company at 32 years old
  • He had just completed his master degree in psychology in June, Alexander Teves, 24

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The day after Columbine, I was interviewed for the Tom Brokaw news program. The reporter had been assigned a theory and was seeking sound bites to support it. “Wouldn’t you say,” she asked, “that killings like this are influenced by violent movies?” No, I said, I wouldn’t say that. “But what about Basketball Diaries?” she asked. “Doesn’t that have a scene of a boy walking into a school with a machine gun?” The obscure 1995 Leonardo Di Caprio movie did indeed have a brief fantasy scene of that nature, I said, but the movie failed at the box office (it grossed only $2.5 million), and it’s unlikely the Columbine killers saw it. The reporter looked disappointed, so I offered her my theory. “Events like this,” I said, “if they are influenced by anything, are influenced by news programs like your own. When an unbalanced kid walks into a school and starts shooting, it becomes a major media event. Cable news drops ordinary programming and goes around the clock with it. The story is assigned a logo and a theme song; these two kids were packaged as the Trench Coat Mafia. The message is clear to other disturbed kids around the country: If I shoot up my school, I can be famous. The TV will talk about nothing else but me. Experts will try to figure out what I was thinking. The kids and teachers at school will see they shouldn’t have messed with me. I’ll go out in a blaze of glory.”

In short, I said, events like Columbine are influenced far less by violent movies than by CNN, the NBC Nightly News and all the other news media, who glorify the killers in the guise of “explaining” them. I commended the policy at the Sun-Times, where our editor said the paper would no longer feature school killings on Page 1. The reporter thanked me and turned off the camera. Of course the interview was never used. They found plenty of talking heads to condemn violent movies, and everybody was happy.

— Roger Ebert (via ibad)

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If you aren’t in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back to pain and regret.

— Jim Carrey (via kari-shma)

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