SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE

December 24, 2012  By Jack Jodell

Merry Christmas, everyone. We learned recently of some innocent young angels being brutally gunned down while attending school in normally peaceful Newtown, Connecticut, USA. As the gunman ended up taking his own life, we will never know the reason he did such a cruel and insane act for which there can be no justification whatsoever.

These children were unnecessary victims. So were the adults that were also killed there. Each went to school that fateful morning no doubt full of wonderment, excitement, and hope in anticipation of the upcoming Christmas season. Instead, they met pain and a grisly death at the hands of a deranged misfit lunatic. Now their parents, relatives, friends, and the general public as well must spend part of what is normally the most joyful time of the year in utter grief,  shock, and horror. We are all left with a sense of unjustified, needless, empty unfulfillment  for these lives whose hopes and dreams and ultimate potential will now never be realized, All because military style semi-automatic assault weapons were too readily available for one very troubled, hateful young man, who chose to use them for purposes of mass murder instead of legitimate self defense. It is a real shame.

This young man supposedly shot his mother dead, then took her car over to the school and committed the other terrible murders. Each of his victims were shot at least twice; some as many as 7 times! The guns he used were supposedly registered in his mother’s name. She is reported to have been a very kind and loving lady who was an enthusiastic supporter of everybody’s right to bear arms. What, pray tell, made her feel it was necessary for her, a private citizen, to own military style semi-automatic weapons? Why does ANYBODY outside of the police or the military need such weapons in their personal collection? This is clearly not a justified case of a person’s right to bear arms. Were it so with these types of weapons, then the personal ownership of nuclear missiles for self defense should also be allowed, and NOBODY is crazy enough to suggest that

Ours is undeniably a culture of violence. We are a gun-crazed, gun-happy people. Our media glorifies guns, violence, and bloodshed. It portrays the killing of others almost as if it was just a simple thrill ,rather than the actual horror it can be, and was in this case.

“GUNS DON’T KILL PEOPLE; PEOPLE DO” IS A PHRASE I OFTEN HEAR FROM OVERLY-ENTHUSIASTIC AND SOMETIMES PARANOID  GUN OWNERS, ESPECIALLY SOME WHO ARE AVID NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION (NRA) MEMBERS. BUT THEIR CLAIM IS ONLY PARTLY TRUE. SEMI-AUTOMATIC GUNS USED BY A PERSON WHO HAD ABSOLUTELY NO BUSINESS HAVING ONE IN HIS HANDS IS WHAT KILLED THOSE INNOCENT CHILDREN AND ADULTS; THE MURDERER DIDN’T SIMPLY GAS, KNIFE, OR STRANGLE THEM TO DEATH! 

As you enjoy this holiday season, please remember these poor young victims of cruel insanity. Also pray for the grieving survivors who knew them. Then be sure to hug and tell your own children how much you love them and how much they mean to you. For,  just as the unfortunate parents of the Newtown victims found, they could unjustly be taken from you, without even a moment’s notice, by the actions of a cruel madman! Then please pray that our President, Congress, and yes, even overly-paranoid NRA members, will ALL come to their senses to mold legislation which will keep guns out of the wrong hands, and will ban the private ownership of military style semi-automatic assault weapons.  Better yet, call or write your individual Representatives and Senators and DEMAND that you want this done IMMEDIATELY. It could very well prevent tragedies like this from ever happening again! Thank you.

Merry Christmas, everyone. To the innocent Newtown, Connecticut shooting victims: may you sleep in heavenly peace. PEACE. 

About jackjodell53

I am an American Dissident trapped in a country where poor and middle class people are constantly being exploited and lied to by a very rigid and conservative plutocratic elite. I believe in government OF, FOR, and BY the people, not one controlled as it now is by corporations and special interests.
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8 Responses to SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE

  1. Jackie says:

    Well said Jack.!    ” Merry Christmas . “

  2. darlene87 says:

    Merry Christmas, Jack. I assume yours will be a white one. It was so nice talking to you , Thank you for the call.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      darlene87,
      Thank you so very much. At the moment, it is cold and white here in Minneapolis. As for the call, the pleasure was all mine – it was a delight to speak with you, and I look very forward to the launching of your new blog in a few months! Merry Christmas to you and yours, Darlene! 🙂

  3. swa44 says:

    “. . . we will never know the reason he did such a cruel and insane act . . .”

    When you’ve said “insane” about Adam Lanza, you’ve said it all.

    A friend whose husband was in the Air Force and stationed in Japan told us about the three years they were stationed there, living most of that time off base. There was a school bus stop across the street from their house. Every weekday about a dozen children, five to 12 years old, would gather at the bus stop. The children, scrubbed clean and dressed nicely, would line up, with the eldest boy first, closest to the corner where the bus stopped. The line went down like stairsteps from the eldest/talles to the youngest/smallest, There would sometimes be some silliness and giggling, but there was never any rowdiness or fighting. Nor was there ever any litter left behind. On rainy days they all wore slickers and rain hats, mostly yellow, but some pink and black. Most of the children had umbrellas, but if one didn’t another one would always share.

    One day this friend saw an old man carrying a bag of groceries walk past the children, The eldest turned and bowed. The old man nodded and smiled. As he walked by them, each child turned and bowed, and the old man nodded to each, with an abbreviated bow that was probably all his old back could manage.

    When the bus came, the eldest boy would step back and wait as each child got on the bus, then he would board. If the smallest child had trouble getting on, he would lift the child onto the first step. There was similar orderliness when the bus dropped the children off in the afternoon.

    The following is from an excellent piece by Fareed Zakaria:

    “The Japanese are at the cutting edge of the world of video games. Yet their gun homicide rate is close to zero. Why? Britain has tough gun laws. Japan has perhaps the tightest regulation of guns in the industrialized world.

    “The data in social science are rarely this clear. They strongly suggest that we have so much more gun violence than other countries because we have far more permissive laws than others regarding the sale and possession of guns. With 5 percent of the world’s population, the United States has 50 percent of the guns.”

    Very well, but why do the Japanese have such strict gun laws — laws far more strict than could ever be passed in America? I thinks it’s because of the way they are raised from childhood. They are raised to be orderly and respectful, to get along with others and to watch out for others. Japan’s young learn that acceptance and respect by peers and elders is earned by being well-behaved and responsible, Theirs is not a society that glorifies Lone Rangers and mavericks. While Japan is not a Christian nation, it’s one whose people benefit from mostly living by the golden rule — more so than those in many Christian nations.

    We do need tougher gun laws, by all means. But to even make those tougher laws possible we need to make changes in our values, our attitudes toward and relationship with our neighborhoods, communities and society as a whole. And beyond that, we need to get better at learning who’s mentally ill and taking care of them.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      S.W.,
      Thank you for sharing that touching and very revealing story about the Japanese. They and many Europeans as well have a much stronger sense of community than do many Americans, and we in the U.S. could and should learn a great deal from their excellent example. Americans have come to confuse individual rights with individual RESPONSIBILITY, and have failed to see the very definite distinction between assertive and aggressive behavior. We therefore MUST learn these differences and adapt our behavior to what we have learned. If you have been, or are ever, overseas, you know that we Americans are rather easy to spot: we tend to be louder, more demanding, and much more spoiled-acting and ignorant than those around us. Many of us love to refer to ourselves as being natives of “the best country in the world”, but often our behavior makes us seem uncivilized and immature instead. After all, while we have accomplished many great things over our relatively short history, we are NOT the be-all and end-all of the human race! We simply must learn from other peoples across the globe; we certainly don’t have all the answers!

  4. TomCat says:

    Thank you, Jack, for a very timely and appropriate message. I’ve been swamped between writing and volunteer work. Merry Christmas to you and all here.

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