Apologies for the earlier post TRS. Not the time or place, I note. My thoughts and prayers (like yours) are with the family and friends of the deceased.
(I have flagged this myself for your attention.)
I think what bothers me the most is that this evil, demented POS is still alive. He should be dead. Period. Also, that he is getting the attention he so badly craves. The celebrity. The infamy. What kind of society allows this to happen and then puts itself through this bizarre process? The media plays right into the hands of these psychos. How many people died in traffic accidents yesterday? How many were murdered in the USA aside from those at this tragic event? Society is not responsible for what this man did. But what we do with it once something like this happens - how we respond - that's on all of us.
This is a horrible tragedy and I pray for the victims and their families.
Just would like to know WHO brings a 3 month old baby to a midnight movie? Those delicate little ears getting bombarded with all that noise. It just makes me sick.
My husband and I didn't got out without our son for 6 years. The only person I trusted him with was my parents and my sister. I'm no Mother Teresa, but come on. Was the movie more important than the well being of her baby?
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9
The thing that God has always tried to express to mankind is that our own hearts are the spawning ground for the wickedness outwardly expressed in the world. Evil is not an abstraction. It's an event devised first in the heart before it is ever expressed outwardly.
Before Mr Holmes ever set foot in that theater, he was devising this evil in his heart. The court calls it premeditation. At some point Mr Holmes ignored his conscience -- that inner voice that weighs the moral righteousness or unrighteousness of a given situation. He turned it; off ignored it.
That's why a seemingly "nice, quiet kid" can do something so heinous. It would have been more understandable to most of us had he been someone with a history of criminal activity, known to violence with psychopathic tendencies, but he wasn't; he was one of us -- our neighbor, our friend, our co-worker. There were no signs of this sort of behavior by friends or those closest to him.
But it was his heart. Something was brewing inside. Something beyond the view of a neighbor or friend or family member. Something that no one could see with their natural eyes. But God could. Only God knows the heart, and I can promise you one thing; He tried to move on Mr Holmes' heart.
How do I know God was trying to supernaturally move in this situation before it ever happened? A final blog post by one of the victims, Jessica Ghawi, gives us a peek:
"I can’t get this odd feeling out of my chest. This empty, almost sickening feeling won’t go away. I noticed this feeling when I was in the Eaton Center in Toronto just seconds before someone opened fire in the food court. An odd feeling which led me to go outside and unknowingly out of harm‘s way. It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around how a weird feeling saved me from being in the middle of a deadly shooting."
When we turn our conscience off; when we ignore the warning of God to repent, to stop moving in the direction that will surely end in pain and misery for ourselves or others, He has no choice but to let us go. He may try to persuade us through our consciences; He may place stumbling blocks in front of us to slow our advance, but ultimately we are free agents and He can't interfere. He can't force our hand. If He did, we'd hate Him for that too. We'd blame Him for that too. We'd become automatons, robots with no will of our own. And we'd resent Him for it.
We'd be like an adolescent who rebels against her parents when she's told that she can't go to that party. The child resents her parents and rebels against their authority.
Imagine if God would have superimposed His will on every person in that theater and told them, "You are not to go to that movie theater. I am your Father and I don't think you should be there at 12:30 am on a Friday morning." How many would've listened? Many would have said, "Oh, God you're just overreacting."
But at least one there that morning had an "odd feeling". So, God does try. He does love us. He is a caring Father who wants the best for us.
This is a horrible and unspeakable tragedy, and in this time it is important, when trying to make sense of it all, to remember that we live in a world that we have corrupted. Violence has always been a part of this fallen world and always will be until one day the Lord says, "Enough". And only He is omnipotent enough to know when that is. But until then, He warns, He woos, He gently speaks to our hearts to hear His voice and turn to Him for comfort and peace.
I pray that the Lord will comfort the hurting hearts of the victims and their families during this tragedy. The pain and sorrow must be unbearable. The answers, unexplainable. But God's love and comfort, through it all, will be undeniable if we look to Him for peace.
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in our time of trouble." Psalm 46:1
This is a terrible nightmare.
I would like to know how a unemployed neuroscience student obtained the cash to purchase all this weaponry and then be able to purchase and design high tech, sophisticated booby traps in his apartment which is causing fits for LEA to disarm.
It really is quite the coincidence this happens near the time the UN Arms treaty is up for a vote isn't it.
I listened to this with a heavy heart. All I can say is this American is with you along with many others. Wow! This is tough to hear. I would like to know what this man's recent behavior was. I would Imagine that he was unstable and I hope in the future that for those that are unstable get the help they need so this crap stops happening!
My heart goes out to the families of those lost and to those yet to recover. It is a difficult and unbelievable hell they are going through right now. Only God's grace and time will heal, if ever, the deep wounds.
I want to give a heartfelt thanks to those 911 call operators who performed their duties throughout this ordeal. They had a monumental job to do, receiving the calls, coordinating the followup actions, and keeping the operation all together, all while people were in serious need of immediate attention and multiple calls were flying in from everywhere.
I have been through many Nuclear disaster drills (only drills, mind you) that coordinated plant ops with County, State and Federal agencies during the virtual mayhem around us. I can attest to the unbelievably complicated and frustrating job it is to keep this all together. In real life, peoples lives are at stake and any small mistake could be disastrous.
These 911 operators deserve our thanks and certainly an award, but many of them will say it's just their job and move on. To them I say, Bravo. God Bless you.
There was a poor 6 year old girl that was killed. I just so feel for her parents, because I know they feel so guilty. So horrible.
they showed her dad was sad, shame on bill oreilly, saying these parents were to cheap to get babysitters as if they were to blame.
He said they couldn't afford it. I did not think he was placing blame but that it is difficult since a babysitter is expensive - he quoted $15 per hour.
I didn't listen to BO, but I was wondering what children were doing at a midnight showing of a movie. If they couldn't find a baby sitter, they could have waited until the next day to see the movie. When I was a kid, we were in bed by 9 pm.
I keep reading about how the world is becoming more violent. The world has always been extremely violent and still is (look at Chicago, the Mid East, Africa, etc)...but now for some strange reason people seem to think we have become magically too civilized for these mass attacks.
In past times this shooter would have been met with a fullisade of return fire, as well he should have been. He is a terrorist, plain and simple...he may not have ties to any group, but he is still just a terrorist engaging in an act of terrorism.
We need to arm ourselves against all types of terrorists.
Prayers to the victims and their families, breaks your heart to listen to this, to hear a little 6 year old killed plus all the others.
Thanks Mark. Thanks Scoop.
Much thanks to God for welcoming these, your children.
Find rest, you who were taken from us.