School Shootings

19 Apr

All the buzz is about the mass killings at VA Tech now. What a tragedy. I have many different opinions as to how this could have been prevented. We can label this guy a sociopath, psychotic, or even in the words of Geraldo Rivera “a beast… a freak of nature”. But it is not my place to judge. No, this kid went to get “help”. What did they do? They drugged him and sent him out into the world. On top of that, the powers that be deprived his fellow students of the ability to protect themselves. That’s right, I’m talking about the right to bear arms. Yes, this was a tragedy; but let’s not make this an excuse to deprive ourselves of our rights.

What really happened to this guy who went nuts on those around him? Here’s a post from “Mystery Cookie” that says something truer than anything I’ve heard on the news.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The bad man.

The legal system is focused on the bad man. And by that I mean they create laws in order to keep the bad man in check. They always ask this question, “What would the bad man do?”

The problem with this way of thinking is that it assumes there isn’t a higher law. And so we raise generations of people focused on the letter of the law and not the spirit of the law. As a result, our judicial system enforces laws and ignores morality and ethics.

So what happens when such a dark force decides he’s going to kill himself?

Since that person is only concerned about punishment and not “right” or “wrong” they have nothing left to lose. Fortunately, most people who reach the end of their rope are not the bad man – they’re just lost and alone.

This was not the case in Blacksburg, Virginia.

The tragedy is that in our efforts to socialize the bad man we forget that the only cure is a sense of morality: the knowledge that there will be justice even if it’s not always found here. If he’d known that his issues with fairness and justice were misguided and that he was actually on a one way express train into the hall of ultimate justice where nothing escapes he might have thought twice about killing innocent people.

Every bad man should think twice and look before he leaps.

The atheists, the godless, and the self worshippers cannot offer the bad man redemption or the hope of an alternate life path. Their ethos only fuels his rage and reinforces a false sense of invulnerability by telling him there is no purpose and by extension there is no God and therefore nothing matters. And they would be wrong.

So how do we stop the bad man?

Some of us already know the answer because we used to be the bad man. These lost souls cross our paths every day. They’re not hard to pick out of the crowd. We’ve all met them, ignored them, and shunned them. But none of them started out as the bad man because that requires personal choices that lead down the path of darkness.

He may blame society and his family, but there is no one to blame but himself.

He felt alone, but he wasn’t. He thought there was no justice, but he’s facing it. And the very least we can do is tell others who might be considering a similar path that they’re not alone and that there is hope even if they can’t see it.

God’s love.

-Mystery Cookie

“We need others. We need others to love and we need to be loved by them. There is no doubt that without it, we too, like the infant left alone, would cease to grow, cease to develop, choose madness and even death.” – Leo F. Buscaglia

** You have my permission to repost this in your blogs, bulletins, etc.

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