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.