The tragedy in Aurora Colorado is an all too familiar occurrence in America.
As each mass shooting happens our lives slowly become more constricted. As more everyday locations are hosts to death and carnage there are fewer places outside our home we feel safe in.
The movie theater was a sacred place that no one really thought about before this. It was probably the only time anyone would sit in a room full of strangers in the dark and not be afraid.
During a movie you let your guard down, you relax, you become a sponge to the plot and cinematic beauty. I have never sat in a movie and looked around at the people around me in fear, I have never been afraid that someone would come in and try to hurt me or even steal something from me in the dark.
To truly appreciate a movie you must let your guard down, you must open your mind and use all of your senses to appreciate it fully. James Holmes stole that from us last week just as the killers from Columbine did in schools and terrorists in airplanes.
We live in a world surrounded by fear. You are told to always watch your back, be aware of your surroundings, not walk alone after dark. The cinema was one of the last places you could use to escape that reality.
In addition to taking 12 lives James Holmes also added another location to our ever growing list of places to fear.
What is left?