It’s a societal and moral issue…

Some may not agree with everything I am about to share in the wake of the recent mass shootings… That’s the thing about facts and the truth, as well as our freedom of expression (and speech) in our country; you certainly do not have to agree with them, however that still does not make them not true and factual.

We do not have a gun problem. Inanimate devices do not murder people, people murder people. It can be with anything, and guns will continue to be accessible to criminals. If you take them out of law abiding & stable citizens, you disarm them. Entire nations have been taken over by disarming. Besides, there are over 22% less guns owned by adults than there were 20 years ago.

When I was a child growing up, almost all my male friends carried knives, and we never heard of anyone being stabbed. Many of us teenagers and the adults had shotguns on the rack inside their pick up trucks, and no one was ever heard of being shot.

When are people and our nation going to realize it is a societal and moral issue?

Our children are constantly entertained to the point of being baby-sit by devices. I have seen games in children’s hands that would give me nightmares as a child, even now as an adult for that matter. I was never permitted to watch much of anything now categorized as “PG-13” Movies and just about any content is available by a key stroke from extreme violence, gore, to pornography.

It seems we are living in the age of “entitlement” and people are offended if you do not agree with them, their political agenda, or their lifestyle and resort to not just social media bullying but physical violence. Yet, great offense is not taken when a baby’s life is ended in the womb over “freedom of choice” What about that human life’s choice. There was a freedom of choice, it was before that child was conceived.

Prayer and reference to God has been constantly removed from schools, even some removing the pledge of allegiance because of the mention of God.

Fatherless can be statistically verified as the contributor to most of whom are in prison, struggle with drug addictions and alcoholism, mental illness, teen pregnancy, youth suicide, and more… If Fatherless was deemed a national disease, it would be the category of a national epidemic.

Families rarely eat together, seem to seldom pray together. When was the last time you, your wife, and children sat at the dinner table and engage attentively in a conversation about the day. About each other’s highlights of the day, the challenges of the day? When was the last time you and your family was at church or mass? When was the last time you and your family volunteered to serve others, at a food bank, soup kitchen, homeless shelter? When was the last time as a family you all read a devotional, bible study, and discussed it all as a family together?

How are we teaching and leading our children? What is that we are teaching them that is right, moral, and what is wrong and corrupt? How are we disciplining and showing them the results of improper and unacceptable behavior? What are we showing and demonstrating to them within and by our own lives and actions? Trust me when I say our children are observing and listening. When did we get to a point when we may have stopped teaching our children to be kind, and respectful? To say “thank you”, “please”, “your welcome”, “yes sir/mam”, “no sir/mam.” At what point and how did children come to believe that adults, men and women of age, lack wisdom? That they forgot to realize the rationality that most of their elders lives of making mistakes, and learning from them, that they as children, young adults, are not able to learn a great deal from them?

Folks, it’s not a gun issue. It’s a societal, and moral issue. The violence, crime, and hatred will not stop until we get to the root of the problem. It begins with each and every one of us to take responsibility for our own actions, our own lives and stop pointing the finger at this and that, or this person or that person. Each of us must be the change we want to see in our nation, and in the world. We are all responsible for what we think, say and do. We as parents are responsible for our children and how we raise, teach and lead them. Not the schools, not the neighbors, not the government, and not some device.

Are you sick and tired of the atrocities we see and read about at the speed of the Internet? Look within, and look up to God.

2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

So before anyone get’s “offended” and goes on a keyboard tirade, whether they believe in God or not. Just take a deep breath, do some actual research of facts, real and proven facts. Not social media slur, rumors or the slant of the media. I have lived a few decades, I do my research, and my parents have lived more decades, and will agree. So before you rant, look within, look to yourself. Take responsibility for your thoughts, actions and deeds. What are you currently doing, or could be doing to make a positive impact for the good, verses arguing or complaining. Be the change you want to see in the world. It starts with each of us, and in each of our homes.

Written 8/5/2019

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