Violence

Thoughts and prayers are not enough. We need action.


Heavenly Father, I come before you with a sad heart today. Once again, our country is reeling from another mass shooting. This time it was at a Municipal building in Virginia Beach. Twelve lives have been cut short by the hands of a lone gunman. And as usual, our political and religious leaders are sendingthoughts and prayers’ to the bereaved and the survivors. But thoughts and prayers are not enough. We need action.

Lord, gun violence in these United States are as common as oxygen and water. Still yet the men and women in our Congress are not convinced that they need to pass meaningful gun legislation, to put the brakes on gun violence.

My good Father, I pray that you will pull back mask from over the eyes of those individuals in the United States Congress who cannot see that gun violence is a significant social problem. Soften their hearts, Lord. And bring them to tears every time gun violence wreaks havoc on our citizenry.

Heavenly Father, I place the bereaved and the survivors in the hollow part of your hands. Comfort them, Lord. And I hope they can find solace in your Holy Word.

Amen.

Clues Suggest Boston Suspects Took A Do-It-Yourself Approach : NPR


Clues Suggest Boston Suspects Took A Do-It-Yourself Approach : NPR.

BBC News – Boston bombs: Tsarnaev brothers ‘planned more attacks’


BBC News – Boston bombs: Tsarnaev brothers ‘planned more attacks’.

One Boston Marathon suspect dead, another still on run, officials say – U.S. News


One Boston Marathon suspect dead, another still on run, officials say – U.S. News.

One billion women rising to break the CHAIN


Recent horrifying statistics show that one in three women globally will be raped, beaten or severely violated in their lifetime. That’s 1 billion women. And that’s how this new campaign got its name, its impetus and its focus. On February 14, 2013, V-Day’s fifteenth anniversary, activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities and women and men across the world will come together to express their outrage, strike, dance and rise in defiance of the injustices females suffer daily, demanding an enduring end to violence against women…The Nation

Let’s have a candid debate on gun violence


Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Shootings like the one in Newtown, Connecticut have become common place in the American society. Still, every time a maniac goes on an ego trip and massacred innocent people it is increasingly difficult to come up with a motive. The question is always why. Why would anyone in their right frame of mind committed such despicable and horrendous acts?

The Newtown massacre hits close to home. I happen to live in Connecticut, and while I do not live in Newtown, I feel divinely connected to the victims, especially the defenceless kids. That is the reason I get mad when I ask myself this question: “What on God‘s earth did twenty innocent kids, ages 6-7 years did that deserve to have their lives cut short senselessly?” At the same time, I am fully aware that we will never know the answer–the alleged shooter is dead. However, as is customary in mass murders, so-called experts believe mental health is a factor as well as the lack of stricter gun control.

It is déjà vu all over again. Another mass shooting has occurred, and the question of stricter gun control comes up. We have seen this movie before. Have we not? One can bet his last dollar that, as soon as the news media turned its TV cameras and microphones off and the anti-gun passion has died down the issue will be gentle swept under the carpet. Gun rights activists and lobbyists have done a marvelous job of neutralizing the argument for stricter gun control. Their strategy of ‘no comment until we look at the facts’ is unadorned but hugely effective. Nevertheless, no one with a heart and a soul can truthfully deny that we have a gun problem that needs discussing.

The problem of guns and gun violence is not a new phenomenon in America. Even though, if one listens to and reads some of the comments about the Newtown massacre one would think otherwise. The only new trend in gun violence over the past five years or so as it relates to mass shooting is the drastic change in the locations and the faces of victims. Where as in former years the victims of mass shootings were mostly minority, gang bangers and drug dealers who lived and operated in urban communities, today the victims also include white Americans who lived in suburban communities.

All in all, it is time to have a serious national discussion on guns and gun violence. The scourge of gun violence is no longer an urban problem. It is everybody’s problem. Therefore, politicians can no longer look the other because of fear of loosing their seats. They must stand firm and do the right thing. I do not know how, or what but for the sake of those twenty kids who died in Newtown and every other victim of gun violence–do something!!!

May the souls of the dead rest in peace!!