By Jussonjah Duby
A movie theater in Tysons Corner Center in McLean, VA, re-opened Sunday after small bombs in the form of soda bottles exploded. The “chemical devices” are still being investigated by local police as to where they came from and whether the attack was a terrorist plot or a prank. Regardless, the event has many people shaken up in the area of Tysons Corner and all over the world.
In 2012, a shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, CO, left 12 dead. The tragedy shook the globe. During a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises at Century Movie Theater, a gunman opened fire, killing 12 and injuring more than 50 people. The alleged gunman, James Eagan Holmes, a neuroscience graduate student, expects to plead “diminished capacity” to prevent trial, according to Cable News Network. In February 2014, a 71-year-old ex-police officer allegedly shot and killed a man inside a Florida movie theater. His alleged motive: self defense after the victim “threw popcorn in his face,” according to CNN.
The question that comes to everyone’s mind after learning about these tragedies is simply, “Why?” Mahlon Peterson, choir and music teacher at Naugatuck High school, offers his explanation: “It’s stupid. Any violence like that is stupid; it’s the control feel. It has to do with controlling the situation and lives.”
Unfortunately, tragedies like these put fear into the hearts of the public and creates a sense of unease at being in public venues, like the cinema. Kayla Kusy, a student at Naugatuck High School, voices her concerns about movie theater shootings: “Movie theater shootings make me very afraid to go to the movies, even with friends or family.”
Movie theater shootings turn innocent outings with friends and family into tragedies. A night of family fun can quickly turn into horror because of these acts of violence.