No one I knew was in the theater about 20 miles from here Friday night when a madman shot more than 70 people and killed 12 of them. That doesn't make it less heart-wrenching. My prayers go out to the family and friends of those who were killed and injured. I have hugged my children that much tighter the past couple of days, especially my 5-year-old daughter, who is only a few months younger than the shooter's youngest victim: an adorable little girl named Veronica.
Every time a tragedy like this happens, it shatters a perception of safety. Movie theaters are a place to have fun, be entertained and spend time with friends. No longer. But you can't live in fear. Pick out a movie and go, and send a message.