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It never fails that during the weekend I’ll have a pretty good idea of what I want to write about, but something else always pops its head to change my mind. This time I’ve changed topics three times, and, if I didn’t have to get this done on Monday this week, it would probably change again by the next morning!
This morning there was a horrific event at a private school in Nashville, Tennessee. A 28 year-old woman went into the school and killed (as I write) six people, with three being children and three being adults. She was also killed by the law enforcement who responded to the call.
The media coverage that I watch has been very careful about not putting out information that has not been confirmed so, by the time you read this, there will be much more known about what happened. Needless to say, this is another act by a mentally-ill person who has NO value for life – hers or others. I cannot imagine anyone in their right mind doing anything like this.
Bear with me because I am now going to comment on some of the responses that have been made today that seem to be made on all of these types of events. I have even turned over to other networks to see how their reporters are discussing what causes these individuals to commit these crimes. More of them are beginning to understand the mental health issues these shooters have, and I’m really glad to hear that.
Today I am not hearing much (so far) on it being racially motivated, yet. I’m not sure how a white shooter in a predominately white private school could be racist, but someone may try to blame it on white privilege or white guilt, which I would consider a form of racism. I so hope and pray I am wrong on that!
Now my conversation ties in with what would have been my main topic – the outrageous comments by elected officials and/or candidates running for election. Before I go into what was originally on my mind I have to mention how President Biden came into a meeting where it had been announced he would open his speech with comments on the tragic school shooting. Instead, he started out making a joke that he was Dr. Jill Biden’s husband and he had heard they had ice cream there! And then he “whispers” he has ice cream upstairs – laughing the entire time.
When he does start his remarks he does talk about the shooting, but immediately blames it on the guns and call for a ban on “assault” weapons. He doesn’t mention mental health or underlying issues the shooter had that caused her to do what she did.
Never have I heard him (or other Democrats) discuss that gun violence is also caused by the many violent criminals who are repeatedly arrested and then released from jail on no or low bonds. Never have I heard any of them say that a contributing factor is the defund police movement that has decimated many police forces around the country. They just call for more cuts and restraints on law enforcement while cutting the ability to keep the criminals in jail.
Law enforcement officers are also being killed by guns in the hands of people who have stolen the weapons and do not go through any type of background check. Criminal rights are more important than victims’ rights.
As a country we are in deep trouble when the leading candidates for president are unable to keep their comments on issues rather than personal attacks. Between the name calling, the dazed and confused behavior, the inappropriate “jokes” or comments, neither of them has the statesman’s personality that we should all want and expect from our president. While one of them at least stood up for policies to benefit Americans, the other pushes policies that hurt Americans – especially low- to middle-income people.
I am much more interested in a president who will stand up for what American values have always been about and look out for us rather than sell us out to our enemies and kill our jobs, economy and way of life. I’m tired of America being the laughing stock of the world based on the actions of our leaders. And now they are so anti-America First that they will cut off their noses to spite their faces.
We have real problems in our country that are affecting our daily lives. Those are the problems that our government should be addressing instead of spending their time and our tax dollars fixing things that are not broken. Protect our borders; protect our jobs; protect our economy. We have allowed the federal government to become the nanny state we were warned about, and now we are realizing the rights of the states and individuals that we gave up. I wonder if we will ever get those rights back.
Please pray for all the families who have been affected by violent crimes. Please pray that somehow we can return to rights of victims being more important than rights of criminals. Please pray we can start trying to correct the real problems instead of the created problems.