the elusive nightmare

the elusive nightmare
by jennifer kiley

white flowers

on july 20th, 2012, in aurora, colorado, there was a movie theatre filled with excited people watching “The Dark Knight Rises,” when a gunman entered the theatre through an exit door and opened fire at the crowd in the theatre. at first, some thought it was part of the film and didn’t immediately react. then the panic started when reality sank in. after the shooting spree was over, 12 people had been killed and the many more injured were taken to hospitals.

the violence in aurora brings back terrible memories that have never really left the minds of the citizens of colorado or this country or the world. is colorado a dangerous place? it is beginning to seem that way, when one looks at the odds of being caught in a mass shooting and find that it is minuscule. it appears that colorado is prone to a disproportionate number of mass shootings. is this a safe place to raise children?

there is a stone memorial honoring those killed at columbine high school 13 years ago. it honors the 12 students and one teacher slain that day on april 20th, 1999. across from the aurora theater, a shrine has been spontaneously created with the sign “7/20 Gone not forgotten.” flowers, teddy bears, candles, even popcorn containers are being left in remembrance. blood donations are being given to help and some people are thinking that it could have been them.

for the people who are living through this hell, i am hoping they will find peace of mind someday and this senseless kind of killing will stop happening everywhere. my heart goes out to those who lost loved ones and to those who are in hospitals who are injured, that they heal from the pain of this horrible experience and also heal from their injuries in as quick a way as possible. this nightmare cannot keep repeating itself.

so much violence, and so many people who create it. The whole world and the world governments need to set an example to all people that violence is not the answer, whether you are a mad man and select a crowd of people to try and slay or a government who randomly drop bombs on targets not knowing who may be killed. or terrorists, whose causes they feel are just, need to find another way to communicate what they want and to stop killing to get it.

find a peaceful solution. that includes everyone, every government that involve themselves in violence to gain an elusive dream that is actually creating more of a nightmare then reaching any goal that is set before them.

jennifer kiley ~the secret keeper~

white flower

Why is this happening?

On April 20, 1999, the day of the shootings at Columbine High School in suburban Denver happened, which horrified the world. But the feeling that this could not ever happen again was forced out of people’s minds when on Sept. 27, 2006, at West Platte High School, about 40 miles away in Bailey, it did, when student Emily Keyes was killed by a gunman who took six girls hostage. And again on Feb. 23, 2010, at Deer Creek Middle School, just a few miles from Columbine, where two students were shot by a gunman aiming at crowds of children. And now Aurora.


One more story needs to be remembered before this story can close:

The Dunblane Massacre
by Rachael Bell

On March 13, 1996, Thomas Hamilton, 43, left his home at 7 Kent Road in Dunblane, Scotland, with only one thing in mind — murder. At about 9:30 a.m., he drove to the Dunblane Primary School with a pair of pliers, four handguns and more than 700 rounds of ammunition. Once there, he cut the telephone wires on a nearby pole and then proceeded with weapons in hand to a side entrance of the school.

Hamilton burst into the assembly hall, where a class of 5- and 6-year-old children were having gym lessons and opened fire. He first shot at several of the teachers. Hamilton then turned his guns on the frightened children and shot at them as they tried to scramble to safety under chairs and inside closets. Screams echoed through the gymnasium as tiny bodies sunk to the floor in pools of blood.

Hamilton momentarily stepped outside the gym into a hallway where there were other classrooms and open fired again. Several more people were struck down before Hamilton returned to the gym and began shooting again. He then put the gun into his mouth and pulled the trigger. He died instantaneously, leaving behind a ghastly trail of death and devastation.

The brutal rampage left 17 people murdered, including one teacher and 16 children. Another 17 would survive the horrifying incident but be haunted with nightmares for the rest of their lives. The sleepy, rural town was forever changed by the horrors of that day. It was considered one of the deadliest massacres in recent history.

When will it all stop? Will it stop here?

what’s a friend to you?

i appreciate your words on true friendship. life without friends would be so empty. to not be friends because you are different is so limiting. you have a wonderful mind. i love your writing. the post above this one that you wrote regarding the shooting tragedy in colorado was thoughtful and beautiful. i’d like to reblog this one on friendship and i think i will post something regarding the people who had to endure such a tragedy. these posts are both so meaningful. thank you. jennifer kiley


One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Whatis a friend to you? When I was in 8th grade my English teacher asked the class us to write an essay on what the words ‘true friend’ meant to us. I was only 13 then and I remember reading and hearing my peer’s opinions on what a ‘true friend’ was to them and I remember realizing that my idea of a true friend was different from other kids in fact everybody had their own idea, many were similar but none were exactly the same.

I remember being pretty honest about my idea and I also remember the teacher’s remarks. I wrote that to me a friend was someone who liked you for you are and respected your opinions and that I liked how it was entirely up to us…

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