Forgiveness and the Colorado Theater Shooting

Reactions following the movie theater shooting during an opening night screening of Batman: The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, has triggered numerous reactions — sorrow and sympathy for the families of victims and survivors, calls for stricter gun control laws, and examination of the culture of violence in today’s society. We haven’t heard as much about forgiveness, which is what one young survivor is talking about. Share this article with young adults and get their feedback on the young man’s choice to forgive the shooter:

  • How do you feel about forgiving the shooter? Who did you identify with in this article?
  • In what situations have you struggled with forgiveness?
  • What examples of forgiveness from scripture or in your own life do you look to when you are struggling with forgiving someone?

You might also want to share some of the other articles from Busted Halo about the movie and the shooting: