When is it going to end? More untreated mental illness, societal ills and anger. Some attacks are by terrorists, disgruntled people, racists, deranged, etc. Our government does nothing. They talk about declaring war on ISIS, asking for prayers, moments of silence, vigils, constant news coverage with opinions. hashtags # blue livematter, #all lives matter, #blacklives matter. Politicians chiming in on what they would do if they were in power. The NRA declares better and more guns would solve the problem. If police lives matter, you wouldn’t give guns to civilians that have repeating rounds. If black lives matter, you wouldn’t call to hang president obama or call black people thugs. If all lives matter, you wouldn’t dimish the deaths with an I’ll pray for you. No one ever said only black lives matter. We are acutely aware that black gangs kill each other. The difference is- if Tyrone kills Damone in the street, Tyrone is apprehended and prosecuted. No one mentions anything disparaging about Damones past or if he smoked a joint in 2014. If Damone is shot by a white or a cop, they dig into his past to justify it. They run his name through the mud. They find every excuse, mental illness, feared for their life,etc for the shooter who may or may not go to trial. Thats what it is about accountability. If I shoot someone, even in self defense, they should at least look into it. Anyone can say I am afraid and I thought he had a gun. Who can challenge it? Dead men tell no tales. When they don’t find a gun, oh they reached in their pocket. I thought they were going for a gun. There hands were up, well they reached for something and then put them up. Cops have tasers, clubs, cars, and many weapons at their disposal. Why is the gun the first choice to solve any problem? I don’t think all lives matter, or we wouldn’t be so quick to choose a gun to solve a problem. I want my own hashtag. #Anne for peace.
I had a great Thanksgiving. We met with family and friends and celebrated a new life coming Feb. 5 2016. Caroline Nancy Ball.
Nothing can ruin this. We avoided black Friday chaos. Kept the TV off. Watched Christmas movies and drank wine.
Then, I get the story of the Planned parenthood shooting. Another crazy white dude with a gun. The spin begins. They lay blame on everything; planned parenthood for existing, lack of guns at planned parenthood, gods wrath, some even call him a protestor. People call for gun control. People call for more guns. Wait a minute. It is Thanksgiving, where we celebrate what we are thankful for and the Indians saving the pilgrims with food.
One thing I want to make clear. The shooter, who I won’t glorify by naming, is not a protestor. A protest is the march on Selma, holding a sign, writing a politician, a letter to the editor, signing a petition. Proper protest is non violence. Proper protest is feeding the homeless in Fort Lauderdale and getting arrested. Proper protest is picketing planned parenthood. Proper protest is praying in public where you are told not to. Proper protest is not using a gun, taking hostages and using the media to enflame people. The politicians that are praising this act are part of the problem. How can you be prolife and advocate the killing of anyone? You have a right to be against or for abortion and to scream your view at the top of your lungs. You don’t have a right to kill people who disagree with you.
At least the holiday ended with the Patriots losing.
It was 15 years ago today. Children born on 9/11 are 15 year old. They didn’t see the towers fall or the planes hit. Yet, their whole childhood has been about war., terror and fear. The flags are at half mast today in remembrance. Bells toll. People have a moment of silence, a prayer. There are spouses who were widowed that day. There were orphaned children. Whole companies lost every employee. Survivor guilt is rampant. What can we do now 15 years later? How can we make the world a better place for these children born on this eventful day? Do we want to live in fear, paranoia, mistrustful of everyone who is not like us?
How do we combat evil?
Listen to that song Where were you when the world stopped turning b
Alan Jackson and say a prayer for peace.