I wonder if a person can get obese in one afternoon.
My fraternal twin sister sent me a giant Reese’s for Christmas, the cups the size of two small pies. It’s so good, I have to pray for strength to stop eating it. Normally, I take a bite and put the thing away. Not feeling the discipline on this particular afternoon.
Something is not right today. Things haven’t been right since this Connecticut massacre, slaying, murder of all those young children and 6 adults.
I haven’t been able to sleep. All shootings are horrific, but this one was particularly evil. It was too evil. There was such a touch of evil “creativity” on it that I know the idea was given to the gunman by satan. I know it, and I know it without question.
I am touched by the passion of both the pro and anti-gun people. I understand you both very clearly. The anti-gun people are sick of violence, and the pro-gun people are sick of criminals who commit this kind of violence.
The NRA means well, but they go a bit overboard at times. Arm teachers? Isn’t that a bit irresponsible? I thought the same thing when they wanted to arm pilots. Let teachers be teachers, let pilots be pilots, and let the police be the police.
Folks, there is a reason police officers have to go through so much specialized training to carry a firearm. The NRA acts as if anyone who carries a gun will automatically know what to do should they encounter an active shooter. Are you kidding? I find that incredibly naive, but also very disrespectful to the law enforcement profession of which I was a part of for over 15 years.
I know private citizens who want to carry a concealed weapon have nothing but good intentions. Let me please make that clear. But to assume that the extensive training cops receive will automatically “download” into the brain of a an untrained civilian at the touch of their gun is ridiculous and foolish, and that belief could get a good person who means well, killed.
I don’t want anyone associating me with the NRA. No offense, but I don’t. I can’t tell you how many times men from gun rights organizations have contacted me, asking me to join their public speaking circuit or asking me to be their spokesperson to represent the cause for the “private citizen to bear arms”. When I told these men that I was not a civilian, but a well-trained police officer, they all insisted it would be better if I not say that I was a police officer so they could use me to further their cause. Sorry, but I don’t compromise the truth for anyone or anything. I was a very well-trained police officer from an excellent and very aggressive police department. And the reason I successfully (successfully, meaning I didn’t get killed nor did anyone else) shot and killed the gunman at New Life Church is because of that very reason. No, I never once had active shooter training, but my other training taught me that neither did I need to wait for SWAT. God bless SWAT, but don’t wait for them because more people could die if you do.
And I don’t believe private citizens need assault rifles. Think about it. Do you really need an assault rifle? For what reason? For dove hunting? Deer hunting? No. You don’t need one. Let them be used only by the police and military.
The emotion and anger from some of the gun rights guys at the thought of them not being able to buy assault rifles anymore kind of reminds me of someone taking a baby rattle out of a baby’s hand. The baby doesn’t need it. It doesn’t really serve a purpose other than for the idea of ownership, but since it was taken, the baby throws a fit. I’m not trying to be disrespectful. I’m just saying what comes to mind when I see the emotional reactions of some regarding the very thought of having this particular kind of weapon taken off the shelves. These are obviously the weapons of choice for the cowardly, psychotic mass shooters. Keep them off the streets and take them off the shelves of gun stores.
I’m not trying to tick anyone off and no, I’m not selling anyone out. I’m trying to make a case for common sense.
For people who hate guns and firmly believe guns need to be done away with altogether, forgive me, but you are also being naive. In the mind of criminals who are people without a conscience, where there’s a will, there’s a way. These men will get their hands on guns. You must get that through your heads. I wish to God I didn’t have to say we need trained, armed personnel in schools, churches, sports arenas, concert venues, etc., but the truth is that we absolutely do need them.
My views are right in the middle of this very passionate debate, but it is what it is. Again, I appreciate the passion from both sides because both sides, although they differ in opinions of what should be done, are upset, angered and saddened by the increasing amount of violence in our society. In other words, we ALL care about preservation of human life.
But let this very important issue not divide us. Instead, let it bring us together. And together I am confident we can come up with a very sensible, logical and wise solution.
Care and compassion breed resolution, not division and confusion.