Local residents show sympathy for victims in Colorado massacre

The Colorado massacre at a midnight release for “The Dark Knight Rises,” caused a stir everywhere, including among local residents.As the new Batman movie played in a Aurora, Colo. theater, a gunman, identified as 24-year-old James Holmes, dressed in black and wearing a helmet, body armor and a gas mask, stepped through one of the theater doors. He then threw gas canisters, filling the theater with smoke and opened fire on the innocent bystanders using a military-style semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun and a pistol, stopping only to reload. This event has been described as the deadliest in Colorado since the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, when two students killed 12 classmates and a teacher and wounded 26 others before killing themselves. This cinema massacre left 12 people killed and 59 wounded.The Borger News-Herald asked residents their thoughts on the massacre and if they thought it was a possibility it could happen in Borger. Their response was as follows:“It is heartbreaking, and I wish I could say that I don’t think it would happen in Borger, but these days you never know..there are a lot of sick people in this world,” said Amy Nichols. “Live life. If you go around in a box you will miss the best parts,” said Joe Kelly.”There are always copycat criminals after something like this happens. Of course, I want to say ‘not here. That won’t happen here,’ but we don’t know every person. We don’t know who might snap. It could happen anywhere. I was at the Tascosa Drive-In with my 9-year-old daughter Friday night. She climbed out the sunroof to watch the show. I had the thought ‘what if a stray bullet came from a domestic disturbance?’ We were on the last row. I made her come back inside. I will not feel comfortable at the movies for a while. It’s so very sad. My heart goes out to the victims’ families,” stated April Davis.Despite the horrible Colorado shooting, many people are still going to see “The Dark Knight Rises,” But they probably didn’t feel the way they once did at the movies, and they may never again, just like many Americans felt as they were getting on air planes after 9/11.