I wasn’t sure what to do or think, but my heart broke and I continue to grieve for the families, the City and our Country. I am stuck looking into my children’s beautiful eyes, full of innocence and thinking about the moments prior to the death of these children and how fearful they must have been and how they must have just wanted their mommies and daddies.
It is a confusing time because we all want some assurance that this won’t happen again that there will be some sort of safe guards in place. But it seems like this is turning to a soapbox for many to wrestle with and to profess what is the more viable issue. Gun Control or Mental Health Care. Although I think these are really important issues and will address them at a later post, I think they are ancillary issues in a tragedy like this. So if its not Gun Control or Mental Health Care, Why did the little children die? Who is at fault here how can we possibly move past this feeling of helplessness and into believing as though the deaths of these victims will make a difference on how we go forward? Will the deaths of the 28 people change us as a people and as a country or will this just be a tragedy full of sorrow?
As I look at this massacre and think back to others such as The Columbine Shooting, or the Virginia Tech Massacre, I can’t help but ask the Million Dollar question…Why not go out and murder as many people as you can in a day. Now before you get mad slow down and realize that this is really the question that we need to answer as a society. understand If we just take away guns people will just find a different way.
So If the answer seems obvious to you, I would urge you to do a couple of things. First ask, Is the answer that is in your head a good one, and what I mean is, is it thought through? Second; How did you get to your answer? Was it spoon fed to or just assumed? Third; Ask yourself is the answer that you are holding on to, just your subjective opinion or is your idea based on an objective concrete truth.
So you may already be starting to see where I am going here. As these tragedies have occurred in our recent past I always find myself in a crowd of people mourning the incidents but when I present this real and important question. Why not go out and murder and destroy the lives of others? their answers come back to me come across as so overly simplistic and elementary that when pressed they can’t even convince themselves as they see there arguments falling apart right before their eyes.
Although I don’t want seem disrespectful the issue of the safety of our children, the care of the mentally ill and our 2nd Amendment are at stake.
When I have asked people “why not” the usually say things like “well it’s just wrong” or “Because its a tragedy”, or “think off all the people that you would hurt” and although I don’t disagree, I must then ask what makes it wrong? Here is where things get tricky. We are currently in the midst of an existential culture, and our idea of right and wrong are being formed by our experiences, emotions and our own desires… or they are being imposed upon us by a sort of mutually agreed upon cultural norm. The problem is that these ideas are continually shifting based upon our experience and emotions and even the most stringent cultural ideals loose their bite when you think you can dodge the consequence. Do we really believe that there is no consequence for those that take their own life? Lets be honest, we don’t want to touch this question because it cuts both ways. We must believe it to sleep at night but we must avoid it or it might just change how we live. But for these Murders they believe that they are side stepping the worst that can happen by taking there own lives; No prison, no ridicule, no punishment, just a flash then they fade away on their own terms.
Of course there are some that are making this a purely a gun issue and there are solid cases that can be made on both sides
As far as dealing with those with mental disturbances, Do we really think that the answer is to teach them that they get to make their own right and wrong… but that they should do what everyone else wants (culture) because it’s better that way, that is the nice thing to do (although you have been picked on while growing up).
We have to decide where we will stand on this tragedy. Was it tragic because we didn’t like it, because it made up uncomfortable, or was it ultimately and undeniably wrong!!! Have these murders in taking their own lives dodged the consequence of their actions, Or… have they placed themselves before the most righteous and mighty Judge.
So how will we live and where we point the next generation? Will our focus be only in taking away the instruments of danger? Or will it be in teaching coping skills for those that fill isolated and alone? Or will we take people back to an absolute truth and an absolute belief in the one that is the absolute Judge.
All the gun control in the world will save us from someone whose conscience is scorched and the have no fear of consequence.