My name is Mike. I live in Lancsater County. I used to live in Hawaii. i like Burritos, Guitars and Stuff.
I’ve been wanting to write some words about what happened last Friday for a while. It’s not that easy.
You would have to have ice water in your veins to not be affected by the shootings, and if I were to say “What happened was really bad”. I would be saying what everybody else is saying. Not that there is alternate viewpoint that would make more sense. There is not.
What I have seen, is a deluge of commentary as to what happened. Before I delve into some of what I’ve heard, you need to know some things about me, so that you might understand where I’m coming from.
1) I am of the Christian faith. I believe in God and Jesus.
2) My politics lean to the left.
3) I hate guns.
So, we are all trying to figure out how all of this happened. We need to wrap our heads around it and have closure. Not that something like this gets closed, but maybe it gets understood. Some of the things I have heard, point to tighter restrictions on firearms. As I mentioned, I hate guns. I won’t have one in my home. I feel uncomfortable around them. However, melting them down, won’t make the problem go away. There are a lot of people that I know, who own guns themselves, who say it is too easy to get a gun. The talk radio shows, continue to bristle over gun retailers having to invoke a waiting period until you get your gun. My school of thought was, if you are a responsible gun owner, and weren’t planning on going out and hurting someone out of anger or impulse, this shouldn’t be a problem. You’re rational enough to own the thing, you should be rational enough to say “Ok.. I’m going to wait a few days while they check me out and make sure that I’m not a threat”. If you stop one person from getting gunned down, the program works. There are a lot of people with a clear head who carry. Having them out there ready to defend themselves or others against the evils of that lurk near the schools, shopping malls and movie theatres in America might not e a bad thing. Getting rid of guns will not prevent this kind of thing from happening. It happened in China last week with a knife. Timothy McVeigh brought down an entire building with fertilizer and racing fuel.
I’ve heard people say that “God” needs to be in the schools. After seeing the civil polarity surrounding an election or even a sporting event, I can’t even begin to imagine the firestorm when we try to decide “which God” we bring into the schools. As much as I keep my Christian faith, there are many different faiths that make up the crowd. My faith is mine, I believe it to be right, but if yours is not mine, I don’t believe you are wrong either. The problem was not that “God” was not in the building, the problem is that a killer *was*.
I’ve heard people ask how God could have let this happen. I ask God how many horrors and atrocities he prevented that I was blissfully unaware of? The person who did this, wanted nothing other than infamy.
So what do we do? As hippie like as this sounds. We got to get together. And help those who are hurting. Both emotionally over what happened, and mentally for those who could drift into this kind of behavior. Society through it’s social media outlets, has become a more tight knit community, but also more isolated in real time. People are lonely, and loneliness makes people crazy if it goes unchecked.
God will go with your children to school, if you the parent teach them. Make God a part of their life, or if you do not believe in God, teach them morals which are conducive to being a decent human being. The Government is not going to help. It’s not in the business of making these types of things better. It starts with us.
Some people are just broken.
We have to get through this. We have to figure this out, and soldier on.
I should mention that my words do not reflect the opinions of The radio station, Clear Channel, it’s advertisers or anyone else involved with them. These words are mine. If you don’t agree, that’s fine. I hope you have a better idea. Maybe it’ll make sense, maybe things will get better.. Hug your kids, for that matter, hug everyone.
We *can* live in peace. It’s not as easy as the way we have been living, but it’s more rewarding,