Have you ever experienced the desperation of being injured, trapped in a motor vehicle after being in an accident?
The dread that wraps itself around you and impregnates your mind with terror in war – complicated only by your disagreement with it. Have you stood by the man next to you and watched the mutilation of his body by an AK47?
I cannot confess to it. No, I can’t.
Have you faced the loss of a child in the excruciating pain of birth? The emptiness that lives in the labyrinth of your stomach and is destined to do so for the remainder of your days.
As a man, I cannot.
What of the aftermath of an operation? Have you experienced the throbbing? The awful impact of unwanted pain?
Yes, I can.
What do you know of the loss of love both given and accepted? Its past and its future?
You measure life’s value by what you make of your own.
Love and life are taken from us often in the most unpredictable ways. The pain of two massacres suffocates us with an unconscionable reality that 50 people have been injured but the dead are many.
The shootings experienced by the people of Ohio and El Paso, Texas are the 21st and 22nd mass slaughters of human beings by deranged or sick individuals in the United States this year.
The total for the year thus far is now 125, not including the perpetrators.
Add to the 50 injured there are also 29 dead, and the hearts of many more will carry the memory of it for the length of their lives.
Mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, cousins, in-laws and friends will suffer a kind of agony that only comes with pointless loss. Loss that always wants an answer even when one is out of reach.
“Live with it,” is their only comfort.
But the “why” of it remains to torture angry folk who feel distraught by their inability to do anything.
The “why” of it tells me that a long time ago the right to bear arms was given because at the time, lawlessness ran rampart.
It may well have been justified in the early 1800s, however, to justify the need today is to also suggest that law enforcement in the greatest country in the world has made no progress.
The word greatest doesn’t belong here. Nor does vengeance beside it.
My thought for the day
The streets should be full of peaceful protesting people but they are afraid of the powerful evil minds that rule them.
PS: I forgot, such are my tears, for the pain of shattered communities.
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