The picture you see over there to the left is a diversion, pure and simple. It offends me, but not how you might think. Let me tell you why; I don’t do many of these off topic posts, but I woke up still thinking about this and it needs to be said.
I understand the message this is attempting to convey. Pure and simply put, it asserts that the horrific tragedy that took place on Friday was a direct result of the disallowing of prayer in schools. I’m not going to bother addressing the long battle between constitutional law and establishment of religious primacy because it’s a distraction to the real issue here. If you take a moment to think, it seems fairly ludicrous that an omnipotent deity would go pawing through mountains of legal documentation to determine if it is allowable to intervene. I would think and hope any inclination toward miracles are not hampered by local statute, or worse, that withholding help from these poor children is some pissy way of protesting. If you believe that is how the almighty operates, the whole concept remains incomprehensible to me.
Let’s talk about why we are really seeing so many of these on Facebook and other places. They are a diversion to have you pondering the debate on prayer in schools instead of focusing on why there is any reason this lunatic had ready access to firepower required to brutally murder 20 babies and 6 of their caregivers. God in schools is an esoteric debate is one of legal philosophy with extremely difficult to prove consequences either way. The debate over gun control has very real world and tremendously evil results as we have just seen. As we all know, this was hardly the first time, even this year alone.
My stand on this is very clear. The philosophic right to bear arms is not worth the life of a single child. There is absolutely no sound reasoning as to why what amounts to a person’s hobby or illusion of self protection is conceivably of greater value to our society than the right of our children to learn and grow without the looming specter of the psychotic rage of one well armed man. Your love of guns is not worth the endangerment to one child. Frankly, your sense of self protection is not worth the endangerment of one child. If you are old enough to be reading this, your life is not worth as much either. You had your childhood; you made your choices and chose your path. Any child trumps your fear of crime or love of the hunt.
To those who would argue that a better armed population could have prevented such a thing, you are delusional. Against every ‘Dirty Harry’ fantasy you play out exists the stark reality that an individual so soulless as to consider killing will always fire first. You don’t think so, but it’s true. If you can fire a weapon and take a life in the split second it takes to make that decision first, you have no business being armed under any circumstance. I dare you to claim, much less prove, that civilians bearing arms have saved more children’s lives than taken.
Today parents return to empty homes just so recently filled with light and laughter. They face stockings hung by the chimney with care bearing names they will never again call to dinner. Their closets are filled with gifts that will never be opened; each one representing an unimaginable crushing loneliness and despair that will never, ever heal. The light in their lives is gone; their very hearts walking around in tiny bodies drinking in the world with the delight of every discovery, obliterated into blood and destruction. How this happening, even once, ever justify any freedom?
Since 9/11 we have chanted as a nation that “freedom ain’t free”. It’s not. The cost of this one is simply unendurable.