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Late last night, a lone gunman went on a killing spree in a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado.  

At least 12 people were murdered, and many more were wounded; some of them are in critical condition.

If you are a spiritual person, please say a prayer for the dead, the dying, and those living touched by this tragedy.

If you are not a spiritual person, any happy thoughts or kind gestures would surely be appreciated.

Please refrain from any speculation, politicization, rumor-mongering, conclusion-jumping, finger-pointing, and other similarly inappropriate behavior for just a little while, if possible.  It hasn't even been 12 hours since the tragedy took place, and that sort of unproductive demagoguery is already being handled nicely by the 24-hour news venues.

Real tragedies like this happen, all over the world, and our responsibility to our fellow man is to render aid & support, be it large or small, in times of crisis.
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mypreciuuss Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well said sir
xanthemann Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Amen to that, and an amen to those who were touched by this tragedy.
KanoWakitashi Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
I feel so horrible for the families. :(
humanhottie3 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
thank you so much for posting this. i actually live in aurora and have been to that theater a few times.but in times of crises, aurora keeps strong.everyones thoughts and prayers, donations and actions have been very helpful for those who were affected
DANNY-DED Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
My thoughts are with victims and families, and yes, misfortunes like this happen all over the world. For Aurora, the madness has made ​​a foray into our world of passion and art ... This is an opportunity to feel bruised and touched by the sadness, and a bridge of compassion for all others...
tar-ik78 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
It's sad, but the same day over 120 people were killed in Damascus and thousands of people became homeless in Burma. there are all kinds of villains out there. So sad...
RosalindeDreams Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So, I never comment on your stuff, and I apologise that this is probably the first time I'll show up besides faves and the watch... but I'm sure you'll understand why.

My heart ACHES for anyone who lost friends, family, loved ones. All I could do when I read about it was sit and cry, and finally after a little while, pray for those who were lost and send happy thoughts and love out into the world for those who were hurt or lost someone.

For those who don't know what this means, in a nutshell: God bless everyone.
cass1848 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012   Writer
that was incredibly articulate, and wonderfully written, humble, and with the absolutely correct reaction.

we should all be humbled by such a tragic moment, recognize it occurs all over the world, in different ways. however, we are a resilient bunch, us humans.

i sent many prayers, held onto my mala prayer beads, and thought as many positive thoughts as i could.

as any normal person with feelings would, i wish i could do something, say something. as a quaker, with a number of ways i pray (including mala beads), my first thought is of peace, and praying for those that lost someone, comfort, praying for those that shielded loved ones, as i'm sure we all would (i would certainly cover my mother, she's my world, as i would all of my friends, there are also my world.)

my. hughes, you are a hero to a lot of artists as well as comic readers (i'm a writer, not a visual artist, unfortunately.) thank you for saying such wonderful words. the words that befit the hero that you are to so many of us. personally, i have one of your zatanna posters, i look at it for inspiration.

more often than not, our heroes do not meet our very high expectations: thank you for exceeding mine.

peace to those in aurora, CO.

TanukiTagawa Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
:bulletwhite:The Brazilian TV news are talking a lot about this tragedy,and I´m very sad with it! :depressed: If you know some site to where send support messages to the families of the victims,share this information with us. :greetings:
GABaker-Author Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well said sir. My continued thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.
DTCT Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
they are in my thoughts!
wayner8088 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's been three days, but the news continues to haunt me. I have three kids whom I take to the theatres on a regular basis. Although I am in Canada, it doesn't make me any safer. Gun laws need to change, otherwise these murder sprees will continue to happen. For the sake of our children, please Lord, help our politicians make better decisions in controlling the distribution of weapons :( :pray:
SpaceRacer55 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for this message, Mr. Hughes. I think it's something we all needed to hear. My prayers go out to the innocents murdered, injured, and traumatized. My prayers also go out to the murdering scumbag who is getting exactly what he wanted. Media coverage, his image all over the newspapers, his name in the "popular search" history on search engines, and free room and board courtesy of local taxpayers. May he rot in Hell for eternity. Let's all just hope that his lawyers don't get him out on insanity in six months. Again, thank you for the message.
Blaze-Typhoon Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Yeah, I heard, that was messed up
PencilApe Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Art can be such a flight of fancy, especially when it involves pure fantasy. This shooting, like so many other in the US, brings us crashing down to earth. We need to always remember to connect with people to make these tragedies more preventable. Such a sad loss of innocent life. My best wishes to everyone affected, and a nod of respect to Mr. Hughes for lending his profile to this very important issue in society.
elfkin Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well said, Mr Hughes. Thank you.
Katahu Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can only imagine what the parents of the shooter are going through right now knowing that their son committed this atrocity. It must be too difficult to describe with words for them. I also send my condolences to those who are related or close to the victims.
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Midknight721 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Very well said. My thoughts & prayers are with the victims and their families.
Johanna-Archdale Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a real shame that this has happened. All my condolences go to the families and victims who were involved in the incident. May the ill get better soon, and those families who have lost, the support which they need.
Hasgarn Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
I am shocked. I do not understand what could possibly think such a person.
I'll have a prey for the families.
kalanor Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very well said. And very true. My prayers are with them.
AineReally Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Well said, I'll pray for them.
LochaBWS Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I live in Littleton, CO... I was at a nearby theater attending a Rises premiere when the shooting took place. Even though I wasn't there, it was still extremely close to home.
My brother-in-law is a police officer for Columbine PD, he was on the scene with many other officers that night.
They were all extremely quick to arrive and to assess the situation. I am so thankful to be in a state that is as prepared as they could be for a situation like this. Many lives were saved because of them, and because of the medical team that were to quick to arrive as well.
What is done is done, all we can do now is comfort those around us and give whatever help we can to those in need. It's apparent now that many all around the world have been deeply effected by what has happened here in Colorado. Hang in there, Everyone. <3
Thank you for your condolences, Adam, it is very much appreciated.
totallymessed Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
A truly terrible event! I was very sorry to learn about it upon logging onto my homepage yesterday. :(
Vegaslopaka Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
well said
TroikAnia Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well said
Power-Girl-Fan Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i heard about this on the news this morning (british time) and my heart truly goes out to the families, i'm not a religious man but i hope they can find peace in whatever way it finds them
desiree-amber-moore Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well said dear.
LucasConegundes Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This was very nice Adam! I'll certainly pray for them!
courtessa-love Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
The saddest part is, no one aside from those immediately affected will care about this next week. More news will take its place. If something as frivolous as a prince getting married can take our minds off of the colossal disaster in Japan, I have faith that the media will replace this tragedy with something that doesn't matter at all in the grand scheme of things, and we'll keep eating it like a child does their vegetables. What an awful cycle our society has created.
MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're quite right, however the point you touch on is no more less important: the power of the media. And who gave them that power? Us.Everyone. By giving them our attention, and therefore making their rating numbers tempting to the people that buy commercial adds time - who are the ones that fund the networks. So the power to take said morality and pre-digested tragedies of the air is in each of us.
courtessa-love Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Too true. And there's nothing we can do about it. Curiosity is in our nature, and the media is a way of satisfying that feeling. There's no way to get rid of it now, because too many people enjoy its comforts (and I'm not afraid to say that I am one of them).
surfadelic2 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
The media simply reflects the imbalance of the culture and the society at large. There's plenty of blame to go around, but Adam has asked that we avoid finger pointing for the moment.

There is no mystery here. What happened in Colorado, and in Norway a year ago, is like a rash on the skin of a sick organism. Similar outbursts of violence have been occurring almost regularly for quite a while now.

When the primary industry is weapons manufacturing, and a modern civilized nation's main export consists of shipping off its young people to deploy those weapons, what can those of us at home really expect?

What happens to the truth tellers, like Bradley Manning and Julian Assange? Locked up.

What goes around, comes around. Our wars will come home.

I feel sad. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their friends and families. For the rest of us, "there's nothing we can do" is NOT the answer. Get a grip. There is another way. Maybe its "Blowing in the Wind" ... or what John Prine sang in "Spanish Pipedream AKA Blow Up Your TV".

Or hug your kid.
MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't know, they way you put it it sounds a bit like intellectual slavery. Curiosity is a great thing but I don't nothing is more valuable that our right to think for ourselves.
I think it reduces itself to a cost-benefits debate, there is no comfort that amounts for that price.
carol137 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well said.
SmittyDraws Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I live about 45 minutes from where it happened and everybody here is heartbroken.

Maybe we should figure out a way to start a fundraiser here on DeviantArt, people could draw tribute pieces and sell them with the proceeds going toward victims recovery, or to supporting the law enforcement and emergency services? Just a thought.
mrfuzzynutz Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such a disturbing chain of events, just really hit home because it was a Batman Movie. Like this stuff isn't supposed to happen in "our world"
We dress and preteen for fun and entertainment, but when this kind of madness hits our front door the results are devastating
And to all those trying to condemn the parents for bringing the 3 month old to the movies, do not judge until your in their shoes and know the facts

I myself would not have brought the baby to the showing at that time...but that is my choice it doesn't make me a better parent. We make choices the best we can with our hearts and with the knowledge we have at that time. Become a parent first before you think of commenting on their actions

But don't lose sight of what happened and try to make sure things like this don't happen again
Marvsamune Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
but. . . Why?
stefano-krivtzoff Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
it´s trully sad, I live in Brasil and this kind of thing happens here also.
CoOkIexDoUgH Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
It`s really sad that there are persons, who are able to do something that horrible. My prayers to all the dead, their familys and the wounded
jesuitsmarching Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
I'm from colorado and two of my friends were shot yesterday in the theater. After listening to the garbled debates about the why and the how i would urge people to stop speculating on "the cause". If the shooter was a tea party member, if he was warped by popular culture such as the Batman franchise ect ect. Take all those things away and you'd still have a mentally weak selfish person who is capable of hurting others. The one thing i would attack is our country's loose gun laws. I doubt the british plan on invading and i'm equally positive Mexico's not up for the challenge. There's no reason for citizens to have access to assault rifles and hand guns. If you like to hunt that's your thing and should be able to keep a rifle. thanks for listening.
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
You can already take away the disgusting accusation that this nutcase was a tea party member, that lie was quickly retracted by ABC - as it should have been.
Tea Party people oppose government overreach, disregard for the constitution and over-taxation, not people watching Batman.

This was the act of one person who obviously was insane. Pop culture and political movements don't kill people, people kill people.

Just a few facts:
Colorado already has strict gun laws: [link]
If normal, law abiding citizens had been allowed to carry guns into the theatre, this guy would have been stopped.

Think about that.

Also you should read the second amendment. The second amendment was not created to protect us from other countries, it was created to allow us to protect ourselves from our own government should it fall into the hands of tyranny, which many of us think has already happened.

So you see to oppose the second amendment is to oppose your right to protect your or your family's lives and property.

Think about that, too.
Prodigious-Singleton Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"This was the act of one person who obviously was insane. Pop culture and political movements don't kill people, people kill people."

Well said.
trinity346 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
No truer words have been spoken.
Shenachie Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Thank you, Mr. Hughes.
Perfectly spoken.
AllPat Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
estamos rezando!
Nos26 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
well said i pray that all the people that are affected make it through this ordeal
LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional
I am so sorry to hear about that. My condolences to the families of those killed and my heartfelt sympathy for the wounded.

"Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality" ~Emily Dickinson
DarkPika-Sama Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I found out this morning when they were reporting it on GMA and I couldn't believe what I was hearing. When they reported that the youngest victim of the wounded was a three month old girl, I felt really sick. As of a few weeks ago, my niece Sophie was born and my thoughts turned towards her as well as my other two nieces, one of which I'm trying to fix ties with due to heartbreaking family matter. Today, we were planning to go to the movies to see TDKR along with a friend and I couldn't help but imagine if that situation had happened with us. I kept thinking to myself, "What if that happed here? What if we had lost our lives without ever having the chance to be a true family again?" Thankfully, it didn't and not only was that baby girl saved and sent back to her family but many people survived trying to be heroes themselves by helping each other escape or at least, die trying. They never gave up hope even when the situation looked bleak. Plus, that cad was caught soon after and he is NOT going to be free. Sadly, it was just me and my mom that went since everyone had all went and seen it and I was so nervous that my stomach bothered me for the majority of the movie. However, as I kept watching, I couldn't help but think of the victims who were determined to escape and helped each other and the end of the day, I thought of them as survivors and heroes. This may have been a tragic day but this was also a day of triumph. Not many people have lost their lives, the person responsible was caught and will be rightfully charged for his crimes and many lives were saved. Still, I prayed for them, knowing that not many of those people will be able to get though this. Also, it really hurt and sickened me that someone would have the gall to attack innocent people at the movies, especially on a night when they were watching their favorite hero in action and having a good time. Was he trying to prove a point? Was he trying to emulate a villain? Was he mentally insane? Or did he do this for no reason? Well, we'll all find out eventuall and I really hope he gets the death penalty for this. While I don't support it, I do admit that is exactly what he deserves, especially for shooting a three-month old child in cold blood. I mean, what kind of sick person do you have to be to shoot a child as young as that?
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