Sympathy and fear after Colorado theater shootingJuly 20, 2012 @ 12:01 pm (Updated: 6:55 pm - 7/20/12 )
>Police: 12 dead in
'Dark Knight Rises' shooting
conference from Aurora, Colo.
rampage at movie opening
Everybody is hurting today and certainly sympathy is a big part of it. We think about all the moms, dads, sons, daughters, brothers, and sisters who lost a loved one in the wee hours of this morning. And we sympathize.
I think the reason we're all affected so deeply is not primarily sympathy, but it's fear that that could have been our kid at that movie theater.
I happened to wake up at four in the morning and started watching the coverage. My first reaction was one of 'that could have been any of us.'
A couple months ago, my middle daughter and group of friends went to the midnight showing of "Hunger Games." It's become a huge event, on the first day of a movie's release and it's generally on a late Thursday when these movies open.
My daughter went to see the "Hunger Games" with a group of friends. That's where the sympathy comes from. You think about these parents who got phone calls at 1:00 a.m.
Most parents go to bed safe in the knowledge that their kids are going to a late movie with some buddies and be home in a couple of hours. They'll let themselves in and they'll see them in the morning.
So you think about those phones that were ringing at 1:30 or 2:00 am all around Aurora, Colorado and you think about if that was your phone ringing...the person on the other end telling you to get to the hospital because it was your kid.
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Dori's commentary transcribed by MyNorthwest.com staff
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