Tragedy In Aurora, Colorado: How Do YOU React? (VIDEO)

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Like many of you, I woke to the tragic news out of Aurora, Colorado yesterday morning.  I felt as though I had been hit in the stomach with a sledgehammer.

And then I begin to read.  And watch.  It could be the former reporter in me, but I feel a compulsion to consume all of the information available on any given situation like this.  I seek out the who, the where, the what and of course, the WHY?  As though that can possibly be answered.  I watch the survivor accounts, the stories of heroes lost.  I literally feel heavy.  I worry for the families. I fume as the blame-game starts to trickle into my vision.

This is how I always respond after hearing about something like this.  It is how I felt on my first day of work as a reporter when TWA Flight 800 crashed.  It is how I felt during the Oklahoma City bombing, during Columbine, and of course on September 11th.

I asked my friends on Facebook and Twitter yesterday how they were responding….some said they were turning the TV off and ignoring the news online, but many, like me, seemed to be experiencing the same inability to focus – the same level of disbelief.

I expand on my thoughts in the video.  I would love to hear your thoughts.

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