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This Country Ain't Big Enough For You and Me: A Moment With Bill Reflection

Updated on August 20, 2013

By the Numbers

Imagine, if you will, that within the next four years every man, woman and child in Baltimore, Maryland, dies. Rich and poor, black and white, toddler and retiree, all dead.

Silly you say! 620,000 people do not just die, not in the United States of America. That stuff happens in far-off foreign countries, in third world nations, in places not governed by The Constitution.

Well it does happen and it did happen, between 1861-1865, in the United States Civil War….Americans killing Americans….brothers killing brothers….imagine if you will.

Imagine, if you will, that within the next 50 years every man, woman and child in Dallas, Texas, dies. Rich and poor, black and white, toddler and retiree, all dead.

Silly you say! 1,200,000 people do not just die, not in the United States of America. That stuff happens in far-off foreign countries, in third world nations, in places not governed by The Constitution.

Well it does happen and it did happen as Native American tribes were systematically eliminated by the United States government….Americans killing Americans….imagine if you will.

Imagine, if you will, that within the next fifty years ever man, woman and child in San Diego, California, dies. Rich and poor, black and white, toddler and retiree, all dead.

Silly you say! 1,000,000 people do not just die, not in the United States of America. That stuff happens in far-off foreign countries, in their world nation, in places not governed by The Constitution.

Well it does happen and it did happen, in the last fifty years, as over one million people have been murdered in the United States in random acts of violence….Americans killing Americans…imagine if you will.

It appears that this country just ain’t big enough for all of us to live in harmony.

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Something to think about

It’s Odd, Isn’t It?

The current population of the United States is 316 million, give or take a few odd blokes. I say give or take because one person is born every seven seconds, one person dies every thirteen seconds, and one person migrates here every thirty-one seconds. In other words, our population increases by a net one person every eleven seconds.

But back to the point…..

Approximately 316 million people live in this country, and our population density is 33 people per square kilometer…that’s about six-tenths of a mile for those not familiar with klicks. So 33 people live in a little over a half-mile square…that doesn’t seem like too many now does it?

But wait! About 258 million live in cities with only 58 million living in rural areas, which certainly explains the wide open spaces west of the Mississippi.

To add to the scene I am painting, the population density of a major urban state….let’s say New Jersey…is 1,205 per square kilometer, while the population density of a major rural state, say Wyoming, is 5 per square kilometer.

Now, what really brings the odd into this picture is the murder rate in those states. In New Jersey, a very urban, crowded state, the murder rate is 4.3 murders per 100,000 people, while in Wyoming, a very rural state, the murder rate is 3.2 murders per 100,000 people. Not much difference; certainly not as much of a difference as one might think it would be.

Even here in Wyoming murder occurs
Even here in Wyoming murder occurs

So Where Am I Going with This?

A random thought crossed my mind the other day, and that thought is that it doesn’t seem to matter where one lives or with how many people we live with….we always seem to find a reason to kill one another in this country.

We do seem to be a very violent people, and I say we because this is a problem we all share. Whether we are victims, perpetrators, witnesses or idle bystanders, violence of this magnitude affects us all and thus, it is a problem we all share.

One thing that concerns me about these statistics is that most people pay them no mind; they are, after all, just statistics. If 4.3 people are murdered in New Jersey out of 100,000, that means that 99,995.7 people are alive, so those aren’t bad odds, right? Even if we do concentrate on the 4.3, it is just a number on the screen. That number does not show us the blood as it slowly pools under the victim. It does not show the gaping wounds caused by a .357, the effects of physics as the bullet’s force pushes bone, muscle and connecting tissues out of the body in a hellacious spray of death. It does not show the knife as it penetrates a human and randomly cuts arteries and disconnects life-giving organs.

Statistics do not show us the grief as families try to carry on the business of life after losing a loved one. Statistics do not show the living dead as they try to make some sense of it all. They do not show the children who grow up without a mommy or a daddy. They do not show the wife suddenly widowed or the husband suddenly cast loose from his life’s support system.

Statistics are merely numbers and do not show the countless nightmares as the violence replays over and over and over again, an endless stream of shattering images that defy sleep and make the horror seem all too real years after the last drop of blood was shed.

Statistics do not show the loss of productivity when another victim is added to the tally; they do not show the loss of hope and laughter and compassion as another human is erased from the board of life.

No, statistics show none of that, for an inanimate object like a number can never represent accurately the pain and misery associated when another promising miracle is no longer with us.

and here in Olympia murder occurs
and here in Olympia murder occurs

The only answer

Go West Young Man, Go West

It really makes no difference now does it? We could expand this country tenfold and we still cannot escape us. No matter how much room we have to roam and no matter how much area we have between our neighbors, we will find a way to kill each other…..because….that’s what humans do.

We are living, breathing anomalies, walking representatives of a Higher Power, capable of giving life, spreading happiness and lifting up the fallen, and yet at the same time capable of taking away the most precious of gifts when we are cut off in traffic or insulted in a restaurant.

And so we hire security guards and lock up the shutters and doors behind our gated communities. We pull the blinds at night and tuck the covers up under our chin, and say our prayers silently, please dear God, please keep us safe and protected, for thine is the kingdom and the glory and….

We shake our heads at the numbers and we wonder out loud how this can happen, how this insanity has been allowed to continue, what in the name of God is wrong with them all, and what the hell are the authorities doing to protect us from the madness and the pain and the unfathomable grief and suffering, and what we need is more prisons and what we need is more crime prevention and what we need is more quality parenting and good old-fashioned values and bring religion back into the classrooms and don’t spare the rod by God and the right to bear arms is the only way to prevent violence and yet the real question that needs to be asked...the only question that has any bearing on this topic is… who is going to protect us from…..

ourselves?

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill, I am youngest of 6. I have or am raising 4 children of my own. And I have been blessed to help raise another hand full. Now my siblings, 5 have only 2 children between them. My momma passed on. In deciding who deserved what all of my siblings won out because instead of spending money on my Mom I was busy raising her grandchildren. These are good people. But their values are in things. Good parenting is not valued in our culture. So sad.

      So we must accept bad parents as equals with good parents and non-parents are just as worthy also. It just is a goofy mixed up world.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Man, Bill, if there's one thing I can count on with every article I read that you've written, it's this:

      You provoke my pondering. You adeptly paint the picture and compel me to take a good look at it.

      And I never fail to see my reflection somewhere in it. The nagging reminder that I bear a responsibility for what I'm looking at.

      Powerful writing, Bill! An artist ascending to his zenith!

      Once again, I feel like I just got a 7-year battery under my hood, and I'm like a young Johnny Travolta getting electrified at the sight of Olive Newton-John all over again!

      Aloha and grins, my friend, on this fine PNW Tuesday!

      ~Joe

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, I was literally laughing out loud at the Travolta reference....Newton-John was just in the news and she looks damn good for a woman my age.

      Thank you Sir! Every once in awhile I write something that meets my lofty standards. This was one of them.

      Aloha my good friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, it is indeed our responsibility to do so. This land accepts all and we have to learn how to co-exist in love or not exist at all. Thank you Sir!

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Very good thoughts you raised here and seriously you always leave me reflecting a bit more after I read your articles. Thanks so much for the insight and definitely left pondering for sure now! Hoping you are having a good day now and I am off to do more work. Haven't stopped yet this morning!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Great hub here to bring awareness as to just how much violence is running rampant in the streets of America! Yes, more are killed everyday than in some wars, right here in the streets of America, take a look at Chicago.

      The two largest cities in the state in which I live, people are just shooting people for no reason than just to shoot someone, and they are so brazen nowadays, where it is now done in broad daylight!!!

      The hearts of men are full of pure evil, is what is going on, and God tells of this happening in His word in the last days that it will only get worse and worse.

      God can change the hearts of men, if they will ask Him and repent of such evil and make an about face.

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      The statistics are startling, to say the least. Budget cuts, poor economy, illegal immigrants, starvation and poverty are all factors in the rising violent crimes and lack of resources to remove and rehabilitate those who commit them. Holy Mackerel, what has this world come to? I'd better put my rose-colored glasses back on!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine! I'm taking care of customers and then I'll turn my attention to me after lunch. Have a great day and be productive my friend, as you always are.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith! I greatly appreciate your thoughts on this national problem...hopefully we will live long enough to see man live in peace. :)

      blessings and love

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, man has been killing man since the beginning of time, before budget cuts. :) It is in our nature but few people want to believe that, or face it. Sad but true my friend. Yes, it is time for those rose-colored glasses for sure.

      love,

      bill

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      I can never understand killing..Stealing for food or other acts..can be justified..But ending a life. And you may notice all the suicides today ..of people who have blessed lifes (or so it looks like). People are also desperate today...worrying about food, health, jobs and futures.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Will there ever be an end ?

      In some cities violence is a way of life. Innocent bystanders are killed in drive-bys and so it goes.

      We read about it and then go back to whatever we were doing. The rhetorical question you end with should make us stop and consider. Is there really a way to end all it?

      Has it gotten so out of control that there is no end in sight?

      I hope not and I suppose I am part of the problem because I do not know the solution.

      Angels are on the way to you Bill and to each of us as we try to make sense of the craziness and maybe find a way to stem the tide.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Will there ever be an end ?

      In some cities violence is a way of life. Innocent bystanders are killed in drive-bys and so it goes.

      We read about it and then go back to whatever we were doing. The rhetorical question you end with should make us stop and consider. Is there really a way to end all it?

      Has it gotten so out of control that there is no end in sight?

      I hope not and I suppose I am part of the problem because I do not know the solution.

      Angels are on the way to you Bill and to each of us as we try to make sense of the craziness and maybe find a way to stem the tide.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Oh yes powerful indeed and as Joe says

      "You provoke my pondering. You adeptly paint the picture and compel me to take a good look at it."

      "And I never fail to see my reflection somewhere in it."

      As I said yesterday you were born to teach and while you are not facing your classroom as you were before your present day class is world wide.

      Sadly a word at times full of greed and hatred but we must never lose our voices; we must endeavour to shout louder to make sure we are heard.

      Carry on Billy you are needed here on HubPages.

      Have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Frightening statistics! Even more frightening? "We shake our heads at the numbers and we wonder out loud..."

      Who is going to save us from ourselves? Tha nk you Bill for a thought-provoking article that will hopefully do more than just get us thinking! Up+ and sharing!

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, those statistics are certainly a slap in the face! I have often wondered to myself how we, as a civilization, can be so violent. How can we be so insensitive and disrespectful of our neighbors? When will we ever get the idea that living in peace is a real goal that we should all be working toward? Why is it that Hollywood keeps cranking out grossly violent and bloody flicks? I guess I'll just have to keep wondering ;) Pearl

      Voted Up+++

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I have heard all of the justifications but in the end they are just excuses. Taking a life for any reason other than to save your own in defense if unacceptable. I'll argue this with anyone anytime. :) Good to know there are others who agree.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, I would love to put on my rose-colored glasses regarding this subject, but they won't fit. :) This has been going on since the cave man days, so why would I think it is going to end now? Interestingly, some countries seem to have the solution and have hardly any violence....I wonder why that is????

      blessings and a big old thank you heading your way

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, just read my first comment again; I think it works for this as well. LOL

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      Stephanie Hicks 3 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Another excellent, thought-provoking hub! Why do we do this to ourselves? Probably because we have all become less connected to each other, even in densely populated areas. That means it is so much easier to be a mere statistic, rather than an actual, living breathing person with value no matter the background or current circumstances.

      We need to care more. Truly care more about our fellow human beings. We need to look at people with fresh eyes and an openness that seems to have been lost many years ago.

      Keep up the great work, Bill. Thank you! Stephanie

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, it is always a pleasure and thank you. It's nice to preach to the choir and find out that others are just as concerned as I am.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      As are you, Eddy! As long as I have a computer I'll continue to write and hopefully be heard....society needs our voices my friend. Writers have always been good for that reason....we are the vocal conscience of society.

      blessings and love coming your way

      billy

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, I'll keep right on wondering along with you because I have no answers. Oh, I could list all the popular answers that we so often here, but I don't think those get down and dirty in explaining why man is natural violent....maybe we don't want to know the real answers. :)

      Thank you as always my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Steph, it's nice to see you my friend. I hope your baseball season is finally over with after that great tournament victory.

      As for this article, thank you. I don't have any answers other than love, and right now we don't seem to have enough of it.

      Imagine if we did. :)

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      Stephanie Hicks 3 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Yes, can you imagine if we did have enough love and compassion in the world?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Steph, we probably couldn't handle the shock. :)

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      It's pretty easy to see how we got here--the industrial revolution took away our natural state, which is to live together and support one another in tribes and villages. Now, you have to pull yourself up by your bootstraps or you're a worthless pig. On top of that, we are constantly bombarded by poisons in our air and food and medicines and toxins like fluoride that the powers that be say are good for us. It doesn't matter if you're the greatest bible-loving Christian of all time or the most godless atheist who has ever existed: your brain is a fragile organ and any one of us is capable of doing the unthinkable if this organ malfunctions. But then, like you say, violence has existed for many, many years--we think that these are the most violent times, but if we look back in history we can see that they certainly aren't. The way you ended this was perfect: who will protect us from ourselves? We tend to look at things that happen to others and judge actions from the outside, when we should be looking inward, paying close attention to the fact that we are products of the violence and hatred and greed of our ancestors. Ok, I'm going to go to my happy place now.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheez, Lizzy, now I'm depressed. LOL When you find that happy place send me the address. :)

      Of course everything you said is true....I never have to worry about you not being aware....if possible you are too aware. :) Thanks Lizzy; you are always welcome in my neighborhood.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      This hit home! It made me really think. It brought me back to 9-11 when I was drafting an estate plan and a client told me that a plane crashed through the World Trade Center where a friend of mine was working.

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      Mark G Weller 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      the only question that has any bearing on this topic is… who is going to protect us from…..ourselves?

      Hitting the nail on the head as you are so good at Bill. I think you and I both know the answer....

      Mark

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      Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      For comparison, in the Wikipedia "List of Countries by Intentional Homicide Rate" per 100,000 occupants, the United States = 4.8, Canada = 1.6, Japan = .4, Sweden = 1, China = 1, India = 3.5, and the United Kingdom = 1.2.

      On the other hand, Uganda = 36.3, Zambia = 38, Congo = 30.8, Ivory Coast = 56.9, Jamaica = 40.9, El Salvador = 69.2, Honduras = 91.6, Mexico =23.7, Venezuela = 45.1, Russia = 10.2, and Greenland = 19.2.

      In the US, it could be better and it could be worse.

      I wonder what explains the huge differences in the homicide rate among countries. My guess is that in the more violent countries, power and plunder are more up for grabs than in the less violent countries, for historical reasons. In other words, I expect to find gang wars, civil war, or acute class conflict in the most violent countries.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Crafty...I doubt any of us will forget what we were doing on 9/11

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, we do indeed my friend. I wish I could say I'm overflowing with hope for mankind. :) Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, I expect you are right in your summation. The only one that truly surprises me is Greenland....obviously I don't know enough about that country because that stat amazes me.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      It is insane how much murder goes on. I read a lot of true crime books and I suppose it interests me because I don't know how someone could commit not just murder, but the torture that sometimes goes on beforehand. I can comprehend anger, but I can't understand taking another life in cold blood. I just finished reading "A Stranger Beside Me" by Ann Rule about Ted Bundy ...and the acts committed were incomprehensible.

      Wonderfully written and thought-provoking hub, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, I do understand anger and I can rationalize how taking someone's life in anger can happen....just killing for the sake of killing....can't rationalize that at all.....by the way, Bundy was our paperboy when I was growing up. I wrote a hub about the experience. :)

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      That is crazy, your paperboy? Ok- onward to looking for that hub. I saw his last interview on youtube and it was chilling. Such a believable person. Scary! Ok- looking for your hub now.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 3 years ago from USA

      I don't know what the problem is, but crime just seems to be rising. A couple here were just arrested for raping a 1 year old. They even made a video of each other doing it. People are just getting sicker and sicker doing things that are unimaginable. Somehow we need to get down to the root cause and cure it.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I tell you what has been on my mind a lot lately and that is these old ladies in their 80s being broke in on and raped and murdered and I think man if I could I would have an old ladies class and teach these women to use a gun and when Mr Macho walks in that door granny blows his A$$ off. If this happened a few times these Mr Machos are gonna think twice, you know? Guess I don't take no blame for the world going crazy, you just take care of you and yours and don't live around trash, which is getting harder to do. America is going downhill fast. Love thy neighbor but watch thy back!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      This is a sad reflection on us as human beings!... The statistics are pretty scary, I don't know what it will take for people to come to their senses, life seems cheap when you look at the statistics. However, for those who have lost loved ones, whether through wars or crime the pain and loss is more real than any statistics.

      You've done it again, another thought provoking hub.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz yes, our paperboy. I remember him but vaguely....just some kid tossing papers.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, that kind of sickness is so far beyond my frame of thinking.....I can't imagine what kind of sickness that is, or what causes it. God help us all.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I think your last line says it perfectly. I would love to say I'm trusting and accepting of everyone, but that's not the truth. There are very few people I truly trust. I don't know how anyone can trust those but a chosen few.

      Anyway, thank you my friend and watch your back.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, good to see you. I hope you are doing well. Life seems cheap.....true words those.....how else do you explain the wanton murders that occur with no thought given to the victims or their families?

      Well my friend, I will keep hoping for the best and prepare for the worst. :) Thank you Jo!

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      T. Clifton 3 years ago from Buffalo, Missouri

      As a Cherokee, I appreciate your truth. As an American, I appreciate your passion. As Christian, I stand with you. As a person, I want our government to stop playing politics and get back to common sense. I do want our laws to protect our citizens and to deter crime. But as a parent, with arms, I want to protect my child from any tyranny on it's way. We need no repeat of massacres from the past, yet we know history repeats itself and it's inevitable. Only earnest prayer can help us now but not many are willing. Very sad.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      BuffaloGal, thank you so much for your heartfelt comment. The only change I see in this country regarding violence is more of it. It is madness and there is no way that it will end well.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Bill you never fail to make me think!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Audrey, I'm going to assume that's a good thing. :) Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      It is always a good thing-I hate vacuous writing and your never is

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      "yours"

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Isn't it strange that when i first started reading this, all i could think of was how good you are in math, then reading further, i realized you were not conserned with mathematical facts, you were concerned about life and the lack of it. We made the evening news in my little town of 800 people, seems a body was found in our wooded area today, a 50 year old woman who had been murdered in In. and her body dumped here. We have the man in our jail. He is a young man, 24 years old who wanted this woman's car. Sometimes you just want to build an electric fence and hibernate, but theres always that risk that the electricity will fail, then what? Man oh man your writing made an impression on me....

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi billy, I can remember when I was a lot younger, there was about one or two killings a year over here on the news, these days there are about 2 a day! not going to blame certain people, but the more coming over, the more trouble seems to be happening, not good these days, you always get me thinking, great hub bill, nell

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      That is sad. The statistics itself are staggering, but to think of each one as being real, and affecting so many others... We are not numbers, we are people. This is very thought-provoking, Bill. Thanks for sharing it with us.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Wow! Yet again the arrow hits the mark. Your reflections are mirrors of the soul. "There is a time to every purpose under heaven." Cain slew Able in the Garden of Eden and man has continued to the present.

      You are so right, only we can protect us from ourselves with love, peace and understanding...Helping each other is the first small step. God help us and lead us out of the way we are headed.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      With 9/11 coming up we better all watch our backs because our government could care less and we all know that. Seems we might be all taking your hub in mixed directions but you have indeed as always got us to thinking, just maybe not what you wanted us to! lol

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for saying that, Audrey. I hate it too and I'm on a mission to wipe it out. LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sadly, Ruby, we have that happen quite often in our area....not as often as in some cities, but enough that you would notice in a city of 50,000....and of course, once is too often.

      Thank you my friend. I always try to leave an impression. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, I honestly don't know if I could pinpoint five solid reasons for the increase. I have my suspicions. All I know is it is much worse than it once was.

      Thank you as always my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, it is my pleasure. I love to hear that my pieces are thought-provoking. I really appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, will it ever end? I doubt it. Will it get worse? I seriously believe it will. Will I ever stop shouting from the rooftops? Not a chance! :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Honestly, Jackie, I'm just trying to shake things up a bit and get people thinking and maybe out of their comfort zone a bit.....and I'm trying to stun my readers, the one thing I have always tried to do with pieces like this....of course, it helps that I feel so strongly about it.

      Thank you my devoted and loyal friend.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Violence is something that has been part of life here too, MJ living with it daily growing up through the troubles in Belfast. Just a few weeks ago where we live in the countryside now, there was a murder, which made the national TV news. You think you are safer and then this happens to serve as a reminder. Great job bringing us out of our comfort zone as you say, a great wake up call!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Suzie, I'll bet MJ has some serious stories of mayhem growing up in Belfast. My goodness I'd love to sit down with him and have a chat.

      Thanks for adding that perspective my friend. Stay safe and keep doing what you are doing.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Well Bill now I won't have to watch that horror film not after reading this. WOW There are just no words. Passing this on.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, it is a horror show out there....sorry if I ruined your dinner. :) Thank you!

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Very interesting hub about the population issue.

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      Donaisabella 3 years ago from Fort Myers

      Hello there, long time! Beautiful and touching article. Indeed, who is going to protect us from ourselves? Who is going to answer that question? Ourselves? May be the most critical disease we suffer from as human beings are our diverse opinions. Our opinions, informed by our selfish desires, willfulness, pride, arrogance or ignorance. We exist in a vicious circle of trying to do good and failing lamentably; traveling, but never arriving. What we truly lack is leadership, the kind of leadership that only one who is overall and all influential is capable of providing. Until then, we will continue to look away from OURSELVES to someone else. Thanks for sharing such a profoundly deep and touching message.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      This hub got me thinking even more now than ever about USA, and also the other incident of an Australian who was killed by three teens who got bored most disgusting image and sometimes I wonder what is so great about the American Dream, I don't think much of that so-called dream when innocent people are getting killed. Great points raised here.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks vkwok!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donna, long time indeed, and thank you for taking the time to leave such a fine comment....leadership for sure, because we don't seem capable of doing it on our own.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, I'm not sure the American Dream even exists any longer. It has been kidnapped by some warped view of life and it saddens me. Thank you for leaving your thoughts.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      The American Dream seemed simple enough at one time. You worked hard to achieve a better life and then you enjoyed it. When did it all go so wrong? Or am I being naive and it was never right to begin with?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, you may not be naive, but you may not be wrong either. :) I suspect the Dream was just that....a Dream...and a bit too unattainable when all was said and done.

      I hope you are doing well my friend. Are you still writing full-time or have you gone back to a job?

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Absolutely correct, Billy. Until we learn to live together and in harmony. It will keep happening.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, we can always hope, right? Thanks for reaffirming my thoughts.

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      L.M. Hosler 3 years ago

      Another thought provoking great article. Great discussions also.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      L.M. Hosler, thank you very much. The comments were excellent on this one for sure.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      I don't believe it was completely unattainable; some people did manage to achieve it. Maybe we need to stop working towards an ideal and work towards our own personal dream of the good life.

      I'm still writing. In fact, I'm researching magazines I want to send my stuff out to. This week has been disjointed however because of medical issues with my oldest daughter. My head's all over the place right now but I'm still moving forward; even if it's only a step at a time. Have a good weekend, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Phoenix! Good luck with those medical issues and I hope your weekend brings you some relief.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      ... and we call ourselves intelligent, sentient human beings, Bill. Something is very, very wrong with the inhabitants of this planet. Thanks for this strong, powerful piece of writing that should wake everyone up.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, we can only hope that it wakes a few people up, but I have the feeling I'm preaching to those who don't need to hear the sermon. :) Thanks as always.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I was shaken by the recent school shooting threat. Once again, someone managed to get by security, with little problem. I don't think gun control, metal detectors, more security, etc. is going to solve our problems. It is the individual being that needs to change, one by one. If we caught on, then perhaps we could infect and spread this benefical virus. I also believe turning back to our roots such as respect for fellow man, living the simple life, building faith in God, and working hard (to name a few) would help tremendously. Your thoughts are worthy and I hope people listen.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I totally agree my friend. Added security is a joke and ineffective. This starts in the families of this county, and then spreads through communities....the answer is at home and always has been.

      Thank you for your thoughts and have a great week.

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Hello billybuc.

      Oh, Bill , learning so much of historical disturbing facts , reading all well written comments, not much left to add , to this unanswered question " who is going protect us from ourselves "? Who got us to this point?! Not the people themselves choosing to be lead into or by accepting helping hand of carefully planned " educational " programs leading away from traditional ' morality ' , like " its available, you can do it." Divorcing "loved one", murdering unborn, steeling from the family, using illegal substance, many things were legislated and preached as new way of being free, while in the same time it has become dependency on account of loosing liberty and freedom given by the Master of the Universe .

      It's shocking to know how quickly and easy is re-educating

      anyone without solid foundation of personally acquired wisdom and truth. It's even more shocking that out of three -hundred- sixteen million, less than half want to know this of you Hub, while most of them accept delusion of fleshy wrapped promised " free " care (health and otherwise), a good pay for doing nothing except, leaving " change " to working class " "hoping " that utopia of " Das Kapital" is going to last forever. And we are not there yet, since the unwillingness to learn how to read, has been fun to delude mostly everybody ( sorry not much has been done otherwise ), so the new sweet health care bill allows the establishment of " Dhimmitude " in the USA, and that's why YOUR question dear friend William has to be taken very seriously.. .

      Voting up, awesome , and interesting.

      ( thank you for tolerance )

      Peace be with you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael, what a wonderful comment. Powerful, disturbing and wonderful. I would find it very hard to argue with anything that you wrote. We have become a lazy society that wants quick solutions to deep problems...we do not want to pay our dues; we just want.

      I remain hopeful but it is harder to convince myself that society will wake up and see the proverbial writing on the wall.

      Thank you my friend.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      It's hard to read the writing on the wall when you're always being distracted by pretty, shiny objects.

      I don't understand education anymore. It used to be so simple. You studied hard, did your homework to the best of your ability and you got the grade you deserved. The big lesson here, as far as I'm concerned, was not to give up. Even if you did poorly on one test, you could still pull a good grade by the end of the year but working harder. A pretty important life lesson.

      Not so these days.

      Now it seems like students are presented with the grades they are expected to get based on past performance. If they are expected to get no better than a C in a given subject, then that's all they will get regardless if the work they do if worthy of an A. Where's the motivation to do better? Why bother to work hard if you're no better off for it? How can we possibly hope to instill any kind of work ethic? How can we teach our children the value of hard work if it's all for naught? This is the biggest **** you I've ever heard of. This is why the rebel in me can find no peace.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, just one reason why I'm no longer a teacher. The system is slanted and getting worse each year. There is no incentive for the student or the teacher, since creativity is outlawed in the classroom now. Sad state of affairs if you ask me.

      Thanks my friend.

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