Faith-based Website: Focus on Victims, Avoid Political Ramifications of Theater Shooting

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As the nation reels from a mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater, the faith-based website, followme.org, says Americans must focus on the victims of this tragedy before assessing the political ramifications of the shooting.

If community organizations are truly in-tune with the needs of hurting people, we must also place secondary political implications on the back burner.
-FollowMe.org

As details are uncovered surrounding a mass shooting that occurred overnight in a Denver suburb, the nation reels from one of the deadliest shootings in recent U.S. history.

But faith-based website, followme.org, says that Americans must keep the victims first before assessing the event’s implications for the election, gun control laws, or the media.

The tragedy occurred when a lone gunman entered a crowded Aurora, CO, theater in the dark and opened fire, killing 12 and wounding at least 50 others. The gunman, now identified as 24-year-old James Holmes, allegedly entered the theater through an exit in the theater, dressed in a bullet-proof vest and a gas mask, and began firing, according to the Denver Post. “He had no specific target. He just started letting loose,” one witness said.

Several factors multiplied the casualties, authorities told the Denver Post. As the shooter entered the theater in the midst of an action scene in “The Dark Knight Rises,” viewers were not able to distinguish between the shooter’s gunfire and the noise of the film, witnesses said. The gunman also fired shots through the walls of the theater, wounding unsuspecting “Dark Knight Rises” viewers in an adjacent theater room, authorities said.

An amalgam of political commentators and candidates has responded to the tragedy, issuing statements about the political and social ramifications of the event. However, faith-based website, followme.org, today issued a statement warning against that kind of response.

In response to the Aurora tragedy, followme.org today released this statement:

“In the wake of this tragedy, it is certainly tempting to launch into dialogues on violence in the media, gun control laws, and responses of political candidates. There will be a time for talking through the political, legal, and social implications of this tragedy. But right now, it is time to worry about the victims—about the hundreds of people directly and indirectly affected by this horrific shooting.

“We at followme.org extend our heartfelt sympathy to the community of Aurora in the wake of this shooting. We encourage—and we stand with—equipped non-profits, community organizations, and churches in the Aurora area to reach out to these victims in acts of kindness and empathy.

“To the families affected directly by Mr. Holmes, political ramifications are secondary. If community organizations are truly in-tune with the needs of hurting people, we must also place those secondary political implications on the back burner.”

In Aurora, CO, it remains to be seen how local organizations will respond to last night’s tragedy.

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