Guest Post by Catherine Marshall-Smith

I believe everyone has a right to their opinions and that when we discuss them in an open manner it can result in conversation that enlightens and brightens our way of thinking even when there is disagreement. The following is a commentary about the opening night of Dark Knight Rising. I hope it gives us all a moment to pause and reflect on the tragedy that occurred in Colorado. Personally, I’d like to say that my thoughts and prayers for peace and healing are with all who suffer in any way because of those events.

Thank you as always for stopping by,

juliet 🙂

So without any further adieu…

A guest post by Catherine Marshall-Smith~

I can’t explain why I felt compelled to go to Dark Knight Rising on Saturday (date night) of its opening weekend despite the tragedy in Colorado. Maybe I wanted a return to normalcy.  Maybe I longed for the festival atmosphere that comes with a blockbuster as well as the satisfaction of being one of the first to see a damn good movie. But in the huge Century Theater where I have stood in slinky like lines for Jurassic Park, there was no need to rush for tickets.  There weren’t any lines.   There were only ten people in the theater.

We were an odd bunch, avoiding eye contact and keeping our voices lowered as though in church.  We seemed self-conscious as though guilty of some unspoken sin.  No one had huge sodas and I did not hear popcorn being munched.  No one had to tell us to keep our cell phones off. People were less reverent in LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST.  We were there as a political gesture, driven by a stubborn thought, “I will not bow to terrorism,” a line which is said in the movie. In an ironic example of art imitating life, it felt good to see The Batman rise against evil doers. We want moral decency and courage back in power if only in our minds and entertainment.

When Mr. Holmes opened fire on a crowded theater of eager movie-goers, he took more than their lives from us.  He reminded us that we are not safe and there is no Batman.  Mental illness and even evil behavior happen.  We can not control that.  But we can minimize the damage.

When the majority of the people supported a ban on assault weapons, Tom Delay refused to support it, and when asked why, he said simply, “Because I don’t.”

Senator Diane Feinstein of California said on Fox News, “The nation needs to have a “sane” discussion on gun control and ban military-style assault weapons and that the “people haven’t rallied” in years because of the power and reach of the gun lobby, but with the election looming, “it’s a bad time to embrace a new subject.”

Who’s not rallying, the people, or the leadership?

And so we bury our innocent, lick our wounds and carry on because it was an election year.   I was hoping for a better ending.

Thank you,


Catherine Marshall-Smith
Has a written a novel, RICHARD AND MICHAEL: AN AMERICAN FAMILY, which is so far unpublished.  It is the story of two gay men, Richard and Michael, who met and fell in love in a Twelve Step program and their attempts to gain custody of Richard’s daughter from his fundamentalist Christian in-laws.  She was a nominee for the James Kirkwood Award for Fiction in 2011 and has recently received her Creative Writing Certificate from UCLA’s on-line writing program.  She is a middle school English teacher and lives in northern California with her family.

**I want to thank Catherine for her passion and honesty.**

Please take a moment to say hello to Catherine and/or to leave any comments or thoughts below.

Again, my thoughts are will all who were affected by this tragedy.

One thought on “Guest Post by Catherine Marshall-Smith

  1. Our leaders have no guts. Wouldn’t you think someone would have noticed all those packages being delivered to him at his university? And his shrink, just because he leaves school, her role is over. She was worried about him and should have alerted a community agency to check on him. It would be easy to keep track of people who order so much ammunition etc. Great post, Catherine.


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