AUSTIN (KXAN) - The shootings at the Aurora, Colo., movie theater has parents on edge, since many kids spend a lot of their time at the movies.
Theaters around Austin were packed, as usual, on a Friday. But the news of the shooting was fresh on people's minds.
Those heading in and out of theaters said they will continue going to the movies, just as they always have for as long as they can remember.
"We went to movies all the time," Sherri Rose said. "That's what we did."
It's an American pastime—often, a family affair. But parents out at the theaters Friday with their children say they've got more on their minds this time than a typical trip to catch a movie.
"Anywhere there's a crowd, anything can happen," Rose said.
That thought is what has parents on alert and concerned for their family's safety. But they also say—you can't keep from living.
"There are lunatics all over the place. We can't predict when that's going to happen," said Kyle Pfeiffer, who was at the movies with his granddaughter.
Pfieffer says while he won't live in fear of tragedies like what happened overnight in Colorado, the incident makes him think twice and puts more responsibility on him as a parent—and protector.
"Certainly, I would want to do something to be there and not really expose them to that possibility of things happening," Pfeiffer said, "Still, you can't predict it, but as a parent, I would want to do everything that I could to protect them. If that meant, ‘Well, you just don't get to go to the movie theater,' that's the way it goes."
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"It's going to be interesting to see what happens in the future," Elissa Castles said.
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