Well its a new year, and I would like to wish all of you a very happy and prosperous new year.
I am always up for a good political or philosophical debate, because I feel debate is a good thing. However that is not what I do here on this blog, but I do not think we can or should ignore the combined tragic events of 2012.
February 22, 2012-Five people killed in Norcross, Georgia.
February 26, 2012-Jackson Tennessee,one person killed and 20 others injured.
February 27, 2012-Three students killed by one other student in Ohio.
March 8, 2012-Two people were killed and seven wounded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
March 31, 2012- Two people killed 12 injured in Miami Florida.
April 2, 2012- Oakland, California,7 people killed “execution-style.” Three people were wounded.
April 6, 2012- Tulsa, Oklahoma,three men died and two were wounded.
May 29, 2012- Seattle, Washington, five people killed.
July 9, 2012- Wilmington, Delaware, three people were killed.
July 20, 2012-The Dark Knight Rises opening twelve people are killed and fifty-eight are wounded.
August 5, 2012- six people killed inside a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
August 14, 2012-Three people were killed at Texas A&M University.
September 27, 2012-Minneapolis, Minnesota, five people killed and three others wounded.
October 21, 2012-Brookfield, Wisconsin three women killed, four others injured.
December 11, 2012- Portland, Oregon, two people killed.
December 14, 2012-Newtown, Connecticut twenty-six people killed, including twenty children.
To those whose lives were taken above, I hope you are at rest in the kingdom of God.
There is a lot of talk of “gun control” these days, and some feel no one but the police and military should be allowed to possess guns, and my honest feelings on that is, that would just be the easy way out, it will not solve the problem.
Why wouldn’t it you ask?
Because how many illegal guns are available now? Lots, and they are not hard to get a hold of. Even if guns were outlawed in this country gun violence would not go away, because legal law-abiding citizens that are not out committing these horrible acts of violence would be the only ones affected.
I do not want to focus on gun control or turn this post into a debate over it.
What I do want to set the dialogue to is, what should we do?
Well for starters lets stop sensationalizing in the media the people who commit these crimes, these people are becoming household names, who doesn’t know the name of at least one of the sick cowards who perpetrated the killings listed above? If you noticed I did not mention one of them at all above, their names do not deserve to be read on this blog, or any other blog or newspaper, magazine etc. The media opens the door for someone who would quietly have just killed themselves in their home unknown to the world, to, in their minds, living in infamy.
Maybe another thing we should be focusing on is mental health that is just ignored in this country. There are countless people incarcerated in prisons with serious mental health problems in this country because we do not have the facilities to help them.
As always your comments are encouraged and welcomed but please lets not turn this into a gun control debate but rather one to find an answer to,
What Should We Do?