For the Thrill of it


November twenty ninth, a man on the southside of Indianapolis dies in an apartment complex, no clues or leads for police to follow on this investigation. January nineteenth a man is walking down the street on the northside of town and is shot in the mouth for no apparent reason. January sixteenth, an eighteen and sixteen year old pair allegedly shoot a Yellow cab driver ‘ for the thrill of it’. That same week of January in Elkhart, Indiana, twenty two year old Shawn Walker Bair enters a local grocery and fatally shoots two women before losing his own life in a gun battle with police.

It becomes increasingly hard to support the rights of individuals that want to own a gun when shit like this continues to happen. The compiled list of wanton gunplay keeps adding up and the number of new gun permits issued keeps increasing. I ask myself how can I condone ownership of weapons when more and more lunatics keep popping off innocent people. This is a situation where the few in society have screwed it up for the majority.

After mulling both sides of the gun debate my conclusions tell me that our society has yet to reach an acceptable solution. Those who wish all guns to be taken away or monitored are wishing on a star because that will never happen. We’ve already unleashed Pandora’s box and there’s no putting it back. Keep in mind the advent of 3d printers which in the not too distant future will allow anyone to create their own weapon and ammunition within the confines of their own homes so trying to take all guns away is an impossibility. Those who feel it is their god given right to own a firearm are ignoring the point that anti-gun advocates are trying to impress upon them; that fact being, we the people are shooting too many folks around the globe. Gun enthusiasts tend to get defensive whenever anyone suggests they put down the pistol but our true desire is for shootings to stop, not to infringe upon their rights.

I still believe there has to be a compromise to this dilemma, a meeting point that we all can live with but that will require each side bending a bit for the betterment of all. I was raised in a house full of weapons – an overabundance of weapons to be exact – and never saw the need arise to where I or my family needed one for protection, gathering food to eat or anything else. To be fair, I didn’t live in some crackhouse  neighborhood in Flint, Michigan either. There are horrible sides of town in any major city throughout the U.S. and hostile reactions continue to surface wherever there is poverty, strife and a huge amount of liquor stores. Taking away guns will not stop the insanity brought on by desperation. What will retard violence is working toward a world where people don’t feel guns are their only outlet to whatever troubles them. The common person will not just walk out and shoot someone, it takes a lot of mental anguish to drive them to that…keep in mind I said the common person, the norm, the average Joe (or Josephine) so yes, we will always have the nutcase who runs out there and destroys lives but taking away guns won’t stop that. Taking away guns will also not stop accidental deaths. Automobile accidents chock up an alarming amount of deaths each year and they are just that; accidents.

The American cities and burbs of the twenty first century are morphing into an odd mix of new values (or lack of) brought about by a speed of light communicado. Morals and ethics of days gone by are not passed down through families like they were, the credo of the moment is to ignore  reality and appease yourself with the hi-tech one created on your smart phone. The death of a fellow human becomes a meme on Yahoo news for a day or two and then gets replaced by something else; the death is forgotten. We need to keep life precious and love one another, respect one another and stop shooting one another. We have the resources to help one another so why not try that rather than blowing away innocent bystanders that just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time? I know this post will not answer all the problems but the one thing I am certain is what I stated earlier…..our society has yet to reach an acceptable solution……

Welcome to the Church……


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