I was going to share my world with Embeecee this morning, but that was before I remembered that this was a day for remembering. September 11. An historic day. Will our children learn about this in school? Will our children learn about so many of our historic days, good and bad? I hope so, because we must learn from our history (although I doubt our government has).
So – I remember. I remember when JFK was shot. I had just entered the post office in my small town. The radio was on and there was a heavy sense of doom and gloom in the air. I rushed home, and spent the next several days in front of my TV. Disbelieving, not understanding. How can people do these things to people?
I remember when Martin Luther King was shot. I remember when Bobby Kennedy was shot. It seems that it is those who work hard to protect our freedoms, to try to teach tolerance and understanding, are those who are under attack. How can people do these things to people?
I remember Sandy Hook. I remember Newtown. I remember Parkland. I remember weapons of death falling into the wrong hands, because in our society we have a mania for protecting our right to have those guns – those weapons of death. We truly have no need for the kinds of weapons used in so many of these killings – we do not need high capacity, high velocity weapons of death and destruction. Hunting rifles, hand guns, certainly – provided strict regulations have been met. Mental health, stability, lack of violent history – not unreasonable things to require.
I remember (via my history books) that when the amendment protecting our right to bear arms was written, it was a time when we had no organized military. When any man might be expected to grab his gun and join others to protect our country, our people, our freedoms. That no longer applies, so why not re-evaluate, rewrite, use some common sense. Why do we have to be so blindly defensive about this right?
Of course, 9/11 did not involve guns. It involved extremism, lack of awareness or alertness on our part – and the actions and the men who committed this horror should be condemned. But that does not mean all people of their race should be condemned. All people of any race should never be condemned, or rejected, or villified. Each race has its rotten fruit, sadly.
On this day of remembering, of wondering how people can do these things to people, I wish that our society would relearn common sense, tolerance, compromise, kindness, honesty, integrity, honor – all things our government officials fail to demonstrate. Those who should be role models, model for the bad, not the good. Our government foments the anger and hatred and injustice these acts that we remember create.
How can people do these things to people?