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Reflections about The Aurora Tragedy

I was totally gutted to hear yesterday’s tragic news about the shootings in Colorado. There’s not much I can say that hasn’t already been said better anywhere else. Here is writing surrounding this incident that I found to be insightful and/or provocative (in a good way):

Alyssa Rosenberg reflects on how the gunman turned “shared enthusiasm into a weapon.”

Dave Weigel and Max Read write about politicizing the tragedy.

Chris Cillizza explains why this won’t change the gun control debate.

Matt Singer weighs in from a movie lover’s point of view.

James Poniewozik discusses the value of Twitter during terrible times.

And Jessica Ghawi, one of the shooting victims, wrote some thoughts on her blog just a couple of months ago about narrowly escaping another shooting at the Eaton Center. The post has since gone viral:

I was shown how fragile life was on Saturday. I saw the terror on bystanders’ faces. I saw the victims of a senseless crime. I saw lives change. I was reminded that we don’t know when or where our time on Earth will end. When or where we will breathe our last breath. For one man, it was in the middle of a busy food court on a Saturday evening. I say all the time that every moment we have to live our life is a blessing. So often I have found myself taking it for granted. Every hug from a family member. Every laugh we share with friends. Even the times of solitude are all blessings. Every second of every day is a gift. After Saturday evening, I know I truly understand how blessed I am for each second I am given.