Saturday, July 21, 2012

#RantAlert: Random Thoughts on the Colorado Massacre

This is eerie, very - very eerie!

Jessica Redfield, one of the 14 people who lost their lives during the Colorado Massacre yesterday, only narrowly escaped a shooting at the Eaton Center a month ago (June 5, 2012).

She wrote a blogpost about it:

"My receipt shows my purchase was made at 6:20 pm. After that purchase I said I felt funny. It wasn’t the kind of funny you feel after spending money you know you shouldn’t have spent. It was almost a panicky feeling that left my chest feeling like something was missing. A feeling that was overwhelming enough to lead me to head outside in the rain to get fresh air instead of continuing back into the food court to go shopping at SportChek. The gunshots rung out at 6:23. Had I not gone outside, I would’ve been in the midst of gunfire.


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.

I feel like I am overreacting about what I experienced. But I can’t help but be thankful for whatever caused me to make the choices that I made that day. My mind keeps replaying what I saw over in my head. I hope the victims make a full recovery. I wish I could shake this odd feeling from my chest. The feeling that’s reminding me how blessed I am. The same feeling that made me leave the Eaton Center. The feeling that may have potentially saved my life."

You may read the full post here.

1. Why did God keep her from dying in that one, but allow her die in this one?
2. What kind of society is the United States? (Pardon my asking, but I have never been there). How can a 24 year old experience TWO public shootings in TWO months???
(I mean, I live in Nigeria - a supposedly third-world country, but have never even experienced an armed robbery).
What kind of society is the 'almighty' United States?

Answers, anyone?

There are other articles online exploring the twist of fate that led to her escaping the Eaton Center shooting, but dying in the Colorado Massacre. See them here and here.


  1. their 'civilization' is their undoing, unfortunately :(

  2. Thank you for linking to my website and the article I put up regarding Jessica's twist of fate.

    As to American society, it is not as good as we Americans think and claim it to be, but it is not as bad as the portrait you mention. It is a vast country with people of many cultures and levels of success [and failures].

    To put the shooting in perspective, the killings in Aurora, Colorado were perpetrated by one individual in 360,000,000 people. Compare that with the Anders Breivik shooting and bombing deaths in Sweden where he was one individual in 9,453,000 people [1/38th the population of the US].

    The first shooting Jessica survived actually occurred in Cananda where one individual in approximately 35,000,000 [less than 1/10th the US population] committed the crime.

    And contrary to your statement, at least one 2010 blog article reports that 74,064 murders and similar cases took place in Nigeria within two years only. And this is before the recent spate of terrorist bombings, the kidnapping and killing of foreign hostages or the execution of Christians and political killings that are prevalent in Nigeria these days.

    So, in sum, the United States has its share of societal problems, but I'd rather put up with those where we are still free to say what we want and work to peacefully change our government than to live in a land ruled by terror and anarchy.

  3. My blog to which your article refers is actually, my other blog,