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Senseless tragedy affects the nation

July 29, 2012
By LESLIE LETUSICK - Copy editor ( , The Herald-Star

My heart hurts.

When I think about the victims of the Colorado theater shooting, I get tears in my eyes. I can't begin to imagine what the families of those wounded and those dead are going through. Their loved ones simply went to see a movie. They went out for a date or to hang out with friends. Their lives should not have been changed so drastically.

The movies are supposed to be a place you can go to spend time with your family. To escape from reality, even if just for a few hours. You mostly certainly should not have such a heavy dose of the violence in our world thrown in your face.

James Holmes had no right to open fire on the crowd that night. He had no right to take his issues, whatever they might be, on innocent people just looking to enjoy the latest movie in the Batman series.

The pictures that have been released of him make him look remorseful. Please. How can anyone who went to such planning and committed such an unthinkable crime have any remorse.

My opinion: he's just setting himself up for an insanity plea.

We had a discussion in the newsroom as to what should happen to Holmes. Should he face trial or should someone just kill him now? Some said, why waste tax payer dollars? Just put him in general population and let the other inmates take care of him. Save us some money. One reporter said that wouldn't give the families any closure. It would me. If some psycho path killed a member of my family, I say an eye for an eye.

I commend Christian Bale and Warner Brothers' studio for the reaction to this tragedy. For those who do not know, Bale went to visit the victims of the shooting. He didn't have to. I applaud him for that. Those people went to support him in his new movie and got shot.

I am glad to see him supporting them on what I hope is a road to recovery. And Warner Brothers donated money to a fund to help in the recovery of the victims from the shooting. Good for them.

I pray for a quick recovery for all involved whether the healing be physical or emotional. I hope that God is by their sides as they take one day at a time to overcome this tragedy. And let us hope that there will be justice for all involved.

(Letusick, a resident of Rayland, is a copy editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times.)

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