The last couple of weeks has been hard for Americans. Shootings and killings abound, yet we still always seem to ask the one question we all have…
We are a nation of diverse people. It’s what makes us strong. It’s what makes us come together when evil strikes. There are always a few who try to incite hatred when some criminal does something that harms or kills another. And it is even easier when they blame color, race, creed, or religion. But, it’s not about color, race, creed, or even religious reasons. It is about a criminal. And, we lose sight of this. When these things happen, invariably, man seems that he has to try to find an answer as to why this happened; why did the perpetrator do this; what could have we done differently; were there signs pointing to the act?
Mankind has to have an answer – even if there is none. Sometimes, a person is just bad. Sometimes, there is a misunderstanding. Sometimes, there just is nothing that could have been done. And, frankly…sometimes there isn’t an answer at all other than the person is just bad!
We suffer from an unerring condition that has to find an answer no matter what. Sometimes, the answer is in the perpetrator who leaves a message whether on a social media, note, or tells someone else. So, why do we not believe the criminal when these appear? It’s because we have an inherited believe that no one is bad. And, even worse? Today, there has to be a reason for a criminal act, and sometimes? There just isn’t one!
The answer is? There may not be an answer. We go looking for an excuse to exonerate a criminal in order to make explain it. Then, we ask…what we could have done to stop it it? Again, the answer is “we don’t know”. It is NOT in the real of an average person to notice something is wrong in another person’s behavior. The belief that a loved one, or friend, or Co-worker saw the signs and said nothing is idiotic. We don’t see the “signs”, because we are too close to the subject, or no one actually does notice any change. So, the fact is that blaming someone for not noticing anything is superfluous. And wastes time. The signs might be there. But, perhaps they weren’t. By blaming others for not noticing something was wrong ahead of an act of violence, causes guilt. This is wrong.
Weapons can be obtainediillegally. But, think about this. Did the weapon kill, or wound? Someone could just pick up anything around them, and use it as a weapon. No. It did not. Weapons are everywhere. But, removing them from everyone is also not the answer, because most who own them are not evil. They are simply people exercising their rights as Americans.
Our right to bear arms (regardless of what kind), was put into place for one specific reason – The Conquering of the United States of America by a specific group(s). The arms afforded to American citizens were done so that they could form a militia just in case we were ever attacked by either an external or internal force. As long as the people can arm themselves, no one group or country can take us by force easily. It was to defend property and life whether one’s own, or this country.
It matters not if a criminal obtains weapons. What matters is HOW they obtain them. A criminal will NEVER obtain a weapon legally. While that may not always be the case, it is in the majority. And, that is what is TRUE. There are plenty of other criminals willing to sell illegal weapons to illegal criminals! They need nothing else! Taking away weapons from law-abiding citizens is not the answer, because the criminals will STILL get the weapons!
It is important that we all remain vigilant. That’s what Abraham Lincoln warned us about in the first place! He told us that we should always remain vigilant, but no one said we would catch every single bad guy before, or even after, the fact! The pain we have all seen recently is truly sad. It’s not what we want to see. If there was some magical way of telling the criminal before they ever commit a crime, don’t you think we would have found it by now? There is not key to this.
But, we continue to try to make reason from the unreasonable, and it just cannot be done! Bad things do happen. That’s something that we can never get away from no matter how much we want it. It’s been that way since the beginning of time, and it isn’t going to change. All we can do is handle it from the aftermath. We can’t turn the clock back, and this will continue throughout the time of man. Should we curl up and hide? Of course not. If we we did, the criminals win.. No. We go on. There is no other choice.