Maybe it's just that he was closer to me...but, admittedly, had he been one of the Aurora victims, I'm not sure I'd have thought much of it (or him, rather).
I guess I'm saying that with suicide, the emphasis is on you, and in other tragedies the emphasis is on the tragedy. Killing yourself, you are the tragedy...and it's sad that people think of themselves like that...indicative of a bigger problem than whatever caused the Aurora situation.
It's like at least the Aurora guy went out fighting...he didn't give up hope, he became impatient with hope...and decided he'd go out and do something...something stupid, yes...but something.
Suicide, it's like the guy didn't have hope...not even enough to have hope that he would have hope...and then, nothingness.
If he couldn't find hope, why should I be able to?
And if I can't, do I follow his path or the path of the Aurora guy?
Tempered, of course, to my situation...which doesn't involve life or death...not until I'm old and grey.
I can't decide who I'd choose to emulate more/less...who was more/less noble/cowardly...who should be considered more/less...because, I think at the end of the day the mentalities are simililar, just the execution different.