In light of the shooting death of 20 children on Friday there is an out cry of outrage. A pouring out of sorrow, a moment in time when people come together bound by unspeakable grief... for now. In a few days or weeks or even months folk will go back to their lives doing the same things they were doing on Thursday prior to the shootings. But the families, the parents will have to find a way to pick up the pieces of their broken lives. They will need to find a way to move on without their child. They will need to find a way to fill the void left by the tragic act of someone else. I pray for them because a death is not something you just get over and no parent should have to mourn the loss of their child. My sincere condolences, prayers, and blessings to the families of Friday's tragic deaths.
So in the meantime, everyone is suddenly involved and invested in the gun control debate! People want stricter gun control laws, some want guns banned unless you are an officer of the law. Hmmm, I find this very interesting because since when did something being ILLEGAL stop someone from doing it? PEOPLE commit crimes EVERY SINGLE DAY! So why is this any different or any more a crime? Is it because children were killed? Guess what, CHILDREN DIE EVERY DAY! I am not trying to be insensitive but children die every day and there is no public outcry. Is it because 20 children died? Well, around the world I am sure more than 20 deaths occur in any one day. The death of a 5 year old is no more hurtful than the death of a 15 year old or the death of a 20 year old to that child's parent. A friend of mine lost her son last month. He was in his early 20s but his death was no less tragic, heart wrenching, and senseless than the deaths on Friday. His mother is still in mourning, and he left behind a son who no longer has a father. Are we as a society now deciding which deaths are more painful according to media coverage? The more coverage, the more tragic, and the more tragic, the more coverage!
This is NOT an issue of stricter gun control laws, it is an issue of us as a society, us as a people and how we treat one another. I saw an interview of a young lady in college who knew this young man (the shooter of the Connecticut school) since they were children. She remembered having play dates with him when they were younger, but by the same token she had not spoken a word to him since they were in middle school. The people interviewed are all saying what a small, close knit community this was where everyone knew each other but no one took the time to know this young man. Does this excuse his actions OF COURSE NOT! My point here is that we as a society have gotten away from knowing each other, loving thy neighbor, doing unto others as we want done to us. If you put humanity on a scale, I would not be surprised to see the scale tipped in favor of evil. We have gotten away from God and then we wonder what is wrong with our society, what is wrong with our young, what is wrong with our schools, what is wrong with US? It is time to get back to God because only HE can fix what is wrong with our world!
We DO NOT have a gun control issue, we HAVE a soul control issue!
1 Kings 18:37 Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again.”
Peace & Love All!
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