I have watched my television many times over the past decade and have wept.
I have seen the instances where people have been shot and killed repeated over, and over and over again. There have been so many instances of this type of thing happening that without looking them up in order to list them, I could not begin to remember them all. That’s a pity isn’t it? You live in a country where horrendous instances of murder happen so often, that you can’t remember them all. You go from one of these instances to the other, knowing that there will always be a next time. You and your family weren’t involved this time, “thank God”, but you may be the next time. Eventually, you or someone in your family, or someone in your extended family will be involved. It’s just a matter of time. They may have already been, and if that’s the case, I’m very sorry.
Now, the way our country’s mindset is fixed, and because there doesn’t seem to be any willingness to even explore the reasons why these murders are happening, or do any meaningful research into any solutions, we are living in the new normal for our country. Mass murders due to shootings are going to continue, as far as I can see, forever.
It’s to the point where I feel like many of us, who would like for something to change, have been dropped in the middle of a river with a very strong current. You swim against the current with all your might, for so long….trying and trying to keep that rush of water from sweeping you away…but finally, it’s too much for you and you give up and let the current take you. I’ve let it take me, for this will be the last time I ever take up “pen and paper” and say anything about this particular situation. I can promise you that. It’s very, very rare anymore that I even write anything at all having to do with current events.
Some say all of these murders are done by evil people. It’s a good versus evil thing. A religious or existential crisis. I’m sorry, I just don’t believe that’s the case. Some say it’s mental illness, and that we need to do more to combat that situation. Well, that’s not going to happen either. My personal opinion is that we, our country, has been maneuvered by the greed and money which is being doled out by the NRA and other groups which are making a profit by selling so many guns and so much other stuff which goes with them….we have been maneuvered into a gun culture, in which guns have become a necessary and even desirable idol.
Evil people can get whatever they want, and mentally ill people can too. Even convicted felons can get whatever they want.
I know many, if not most will disagree, and that’s ok. I expect that. I accept that. You have your opinion, and I have mine, and this is my opinion.
I have nothing against guns. I grew up hunting and shooting guns. We had shotguns, some rifles. My Dad owned a couple of pistols later on in his life, after he was threatened by some people at the place where he worked. I understood that. I understand people wanting to own guns for personal protection.
I have absolutely no problems with that. I actually think that it is a person’s right, under our constitution to be able to own a gun if you want to own one. Own as many as you want. After all, this is America….or at least this is the America which we now have. I’m not sure why people would want to own weapons which were invented for the one and only purpose of killing people though. Maybe someone else knows the reason for that. I don’t.
My problem with the situation, is that our political system is so skewed, that we are unable to even have a conversation about changing something….something…..in order to keep half a church full of people from being murdered. An eighteen month old baby, being murdered, along with his entire family. Twenty six and seven year old children being murdered at Sandy Hook. Fifty seven people at a country music concert in Las Vegas. And on and on. I can’t list them all. Like I said, I can’t even remember them all.
We go along for a few weeks and move on from one of these events to the next just as soon as the next one happens. We file them away in the back of our minds and go on with our lives. I guess that’s really the only thing we can do.
But, it is always said: “It’s too soon to talk about it” When will the time be good to talk about it? Are we even willing to talk about it?
A lot of people out there in Facebook land hate and despise me for things I have written in the past. A lot of people will do that this time because I am touching on this very touchy and emotional subject. But, we need to talk about it. We need to talk about it in a calm and peaceful manner to see if there is anything which can be done. Are there any compromises?
Thoughts and prayers don’t seem to be working, and I’m so very tired of crying over the deaths of people when I see it on the news.