Tuesday , June 18 2024
Let's not politicize the theater killings in Aurora, Colorado.

Theater Massacre: Heartaches and Politics

I woke up Friday morning ready to head out to my favorite Zumba class and later an hour of weight lifting, but never left the house after learning about the theater killings. The image that appeared before me on the screen caused my heart to do a few somersaults. A former French student of mine was being interviewed. She spoke of her fear that her friends had been in the theater, and no one had been able to contact them.

I live 30 minutes from the theater and could not believe what I was seeing on television. I tried to compose myself by praying. My mind went back to the times my two older children and their friends had attended many late-night premieres of Harry Potter movies. Foolishly, even though my youngest had stayed home the night before, I still ran upstairs to make sure he was in his room. I breathed a sigh of relief upon seeing him in his bed, sound asleep.

To make matters worse, I called my daughter who lives in Los Angeles, and she was in a hurry to get off the phone. “Mom, I can’t talk to you right now, I am heading out to go see the new Batman movie.” My heart did a few more somersaults. “Please, I beg you, do not go,” I said. She was not aware of what had happened in Colorado.

Columbine has left its mark in my hometown of Littleton, Colorado. Now these senseless killings in Aurora have me very baffled. I am deeply troubled that Mayor Bloomberg of New York began politicizing the killings before the victims were identified. I am hoping this will not turn into a huge political debate.

In my opinion, this is not the time to start using a major tragedy to fulfill any type of political agenda. Clearly, James Holmes is a very sick person and it is certainly haunting the way he obtained so much ammunition. In the meantime, I am hoping all types of political agendas will not become more important than the healing and grieving process of this horrific act of violence perpetrated against innocent victims.

About Nicole Weaver

Nicole Weaver is an award-winning author. Her first trilingual book Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle was published in 2009. Her love for languages and other cultures resulted in publishing the award-winning book, My Sister Is My Best Friend which was published in 2011 by Guardian Angel Publishing. My Sister Is My Best Friend has won the following awards: 2012 Creative Child Awards Program consisting of moms and educators has awarded this book the 2012 PREFERRED CHOICE AWARD Kids Picture Storybooks category. 2012 Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval 2012 Children's Literary Classics Gold Award Readers' Favorite 5 Star Review Her newest book , My Brother Is My Best Friend was also published by Guardian Angel Publishing, January 2014.

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