I am to blame for the Newton Connecticut massacre
Prayer Bear and I pray for the children, that will never again hug us.
Our first step in a solution is accepting personal responsibility for it.
Some are ignorant, some lazy, I am neither. Yet I have lived my life without getting active to help prevent such tragedies. I am qualified to help in some way. I am experienced in not only life but the extremes of human depravity. And I am also trained in love and the giving of it.
Yet after Columbine did I volunteer for anything to help prevent these horrific events? Did I go to schools and teach countermeasures? Did I go to clinics and volunteer to help in some way to raise my distressed brothers up? Did I visit community groups and help them to see and understand what to look for in saddened people? Did I even lend an ear to a mother who was so worried about her son’s behavior? Did I volunteer for a elementary school watch program? Did I address a group of at risk young people? Am I a child advocate? Do I attend a hotline to just be there?
If I do not take it seriously and personally, I am an empty gong.
I am to blame. No one but me can shoulder my guilt and blame. I pastor my safe and good youth. I take care of my young relatives that have issues. I am there for my children and family. I am a shoulder to my wife. But I have hidden in comfort behind warm walls without sacrifice. How could I have done that to the children in Connecticut?
Each man and each woman must accept responsibility for allowing such despair to occur. It would be so easy to blame the gun, or police or a mother or father. But when we point that finger there are three more pointing back at us. We must not shake our head or throw up our hands at a violent world. The world is me. I am the problem and I am the solution.
Let us bend our knee and remove our hat and breathe in and breathe out and recognize our personal guilt. Let not one child there die in less than our respect and commitment to get off our butts and love our neighbor.
At least take the extra time to celebrate and raise up a child today.
Let me start at home, but do not let me stop there.
Been awhile since I wrote this, time for an update.
Guns ain't going nowhere. But activism I believe has made a dent. I think we are seeing gun guys and gals, take a look at which of their neighbors should maybe not have a gun. Some idiots still scream that we take them from folks with opposing views. That is kind of true, if we view the world with conspiracy theories and monsters under our bed and in grade schools, I hope that is a different and opposing view.
But I think NRA types and ex-military types are starting to get the idea that securing a good man's right to have weaponry requires securing our right to give them to wing nuts and sociopaths.
I am still guilty and so are you. We are letting the issues die on the vine. We are excusing ourselves in our community because we cuss politicians for not getting it done. I would beg you to write someone, engage a person in conversation and listen. Guns and death need our attention and loving citizenry.