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Aurora Shooting Victim Forgives 'Batman' Shooter: Appropriate?

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Pierce O’Farrill, a victim who survived the massacre the Aurora, Colorado movie massacre. O'Farrill got hit by each of the murder's three guns, but survived. O'Farrill said he forgives the attacker who murdered 12 other people in the theater.

O'Farrill recounted the attack to radio host Todd Schnitt. O'Farrill said, "the Lord kept me coherent so I could tell the story." After O'Farrill and his friend got shot, he told his friend to keep praying during the attack. The religious Christian said he forgives the attacker. O'Farrill said, “I would like to talk to him. I do forgive him for what he's done.”

Christians often refer to this bible passage as a reason to forgive those who sin:
"Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you." Colossians 3:13 NIV.

O'Farrill also surprised people with his continued support for the Second Amendment, which guarantees the right of citizens in America to keep and bear arms.

Visit the link below to hear O'Farrill's vivid detail of the attack.

SCHNITTSHOW.COM reports:
In the exclusive “Schnitt Show” interview, O’Farrill, who was shot three times, recalls the horror in vivid detail and says,“I would like to talk to him. I do forgive him.” As for the possibility of the death penalty in this case, O’Farrill says, “I don’t think he should have the death penalty – life in prison would be a more suitable sentence.”
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  • Tasine 2012/08/21 13:04:34
    Yes
    Tasine
    Yes, appropriate. He can forgive anyone for anything and it's no one's business but his own. One person's forgiveness of another has nothing to do with guilt, and doesn't change the physical circumstances. The shooter is still guilty of murder, mayhem and injury. Forgiveness doesn't effect that in any way.

    I differ with O'Farrill re the shooter's punishment. I think he has earned the death sentence.
  • BJFuller☥ 2012/08/21 12:58:32
    No
    BJFuller☥
    omg! NO! guy had no reason... he took lives away.... never forgive him. i know you are suppost to forgive people but for the love of god COME ON!
  • stevmackey 2012/08/21 12:52:13
    Yes
    stevmackey
    It is up to him. We were not shot. We should not judge.
  • Dzeeng 2012/07/29 07:22:54
    Yes
    Dzeeng
    yes
  • Himalayacool 2012/07/26 09:53:41
    Yes
    Himalayacool
    Who else can say what is really appropriate for someone else to begin with. If you have the courage and insight to forgive someone you are setting yourself free from the poison of the violence and anger. Kudos to them!
  • flyingseaturtle BN 2012/07/25 20:00:20
    Yes
    flyingseaturtle BN
    Good for him ;-)
  • zachary.c.moye 2012/07/25 00:56:35
    Yes
    zachary.c.moye
    Live and let live I suppose
  • Bonnie zachary... 2012/07/26 15:41:45
  • 4dc 2012/07/24 22:27:29
    Yes
    4dc
    apparently for him it is...i hate to say I probably could not have been so benevolent
  • Robert Strobel 2012/07/24 20:20:59
    Yes
    Robert Strobel
    To be forgiven you must forgive everyone of everything, that includes tourself.Do you think that he will be sble to do that?
  • john brenni 2012/07/24 17:02:28
  • Singerar 2012/07/24 16:29:38
    Yes
    Singerar
    +1
    It's part of the healing process.
  • Philo® ~PWCM~JLA ✩ 2012/07/24 15:10:30
    Yes
    Philo® ~PWCM~JLA ✩
    Of course it's "appropriate!" It's up to the victim whose been wronged to forgive, or not. Only a complete ass would say someone forgiving their attacker is "inappropriate!"
  • jst987 2012/07/24 13:52:59
    Yes
    jst987
    Perhaps "healing" might be closer to the heart than "appropriate". Still, some years ago a bereaved father publicly forgave the person who shot/killed his 15 year old son. The experience of that was written up by one of his classmates. The story is here if anyone is interested. http://prepschoolsecretstold....
  • ScoutLdr 2012/07/24 11:35:38
    Yes
    ScoutLdr
    +1
    That's Mr. Pierce O' Farrill choice. May the lord bless him.
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/07/24 08:05:03
    Yes
    MOMMA THOMAS
    +2
    THIS IS FOR HIMSELF, NOT FOR ALL THE OTHERS.....THEY HAVE TO DO THAT FOR THEMSELVES. (HE IS A MINISTER.)
  • AL 2012/07/24 08:05:03
    Yes
    AL
    +2
    The mind, body and soul all work together in the healing proses! People some times use their own forgivness for others to deal and cope in their own recovery as well! Hate only prolongs their personal pain and recovery is all! Forgivness for their attacker can some times end up being better for them then their attacker
  • ღ♥ღ ℒea ღ♥ღ 2012/07/24 08:03:48
    Yes
    ღ♥ღ ℒea ღ♥ღ
    +1
    this man got shot up, if he wants to forgive the shooter ... more power to him. Forgiveness is not wrong... and it also does not come very easily at times.
  • Andrew 2012/07/24 07:35:28
    Yes
    Andrew
    +1
    It is always appropriate for an individual to forgive his or her attacker. It is never appropriate for society as a whole to forgive and forget. The attacker must stand trial and pay the price or others will be emboldened!
  • Wolfman 2012/07/24 07:33:11
    No
    Wolfman
    +1
    I will forgive him after he is dead.
  • AL Wolfman 2012/07/24 08:08:26
    AL
    If you forgive others, you will be forgiven as well!
  • Wolfman AL 2012/07/24 08:26:59
    Wolfman
    +1
    I'll forgive him but he still gets the death penalty.
  • AL Wolfman 2012/07/24 08:49:23
    AL
    +1
    I wouldn't ask for anything less myself! Just think how many innocent jews could have been saved-if Hitler would have taken one between the eyes alot sooner
  • Bonnie Wolfman 2012/07/26 15:46:17
    Bonnie
    +1
    I had a sister that was murdered and I will NEVER forgive the animal that did it.
    I guess forgiveness is not in everyone
  • Wolfman Bonnie 2012/07/26 15:53:03 (edited)
    Wolfman
    I not't blame you. Did they catch the sob and execute him?
  • Charu ∞ijm♥∞ 2012/07/24 06:45:03
  • mich52 2012/07/24 05:22:21
  • thefatguy 2012/07/24 05:21:24
    Yes
    thefatguy
    +1
    He can forgive the shooter for attacking him but he can't issue a blanket apology on behalf of all the other victims. I would forgive him too just as soon as he brings the murdered back to life. Oh wait, he can't? Aww, too bad. Well then, firing squad sounds like a good alternative to forgiveness.
  • Death On Two Legs 2012/07/24 04:55:44
    Yes
    Death On Two Legs
    +1
    If that's how he copes, then it's fine
  • S.H 2012/07/24 04:46:46
    Yes
    S.H
    +1
    Life is too short to hold grudges and wish hate upon other people. I did have to read "I would like to talk to him" twice though.
  • Michelle 2012/07/24 04:37:49
    Yes
    Michelle
    +2
    He did not forgive the attacker for anyone else's suffering but his own.
  • Tom 2012/07/24 04:21:49
    Yes
    Tom
  • mikeeonly 2012/07/24 03:32:46
  • AL mikeeonly 2012/07/24 08:09:54
    AL
    Are you pervert? Those that forgive,will also be forgiven as well!
  • Just me ♥ 2012/07/24 03:28:40
    Yes
    Just me ♥
    +2
    I've read numerous comments on this post and have seen a few people saying that PO'F shouldn't forgive Holmes on behalf of the other victims. I don't see anywhere in this post where it says he did/said that. He said that he forgives the attacker and the author points out that his attacker also happened to murder 12 other people. It's not of anyone else's business if this guy chooses to forgive based on his faith. The world would be a much better place if people would choose to forgive and forget instead of holding on to hate & grudges.
  • Tennyson James 2012/07/24 02:45:47
    Yes
    Tennyson James
    +1
    I think it is inappropriate to judge another based on their willingness to forgive. The victims and their families should do whatever will bring them peace and closure.
  • aherbert 2012/07/24 02:34:27
    Yes
    aherbert
    +9
    forgive and be forgiven


    He can only speak for himself.
  • AL aherbert 2012/07/24 08:11:02
    AL
    Amen to that!
  • Anglohebraicus 2012/07/24 02:30:09
    Yes
    Anglohebraicus
    +1
    For himself, sure. Not sure whether it's appropriate to forgive him on behalf of the other victims.
  • Melizmatic Anglohe... 2012/07/24 04:55:20
    Melizmatic
    +1
    I dont think he was trying to; he didnt say 'we,' he said "I".

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