I sent this out this morning to people on my email contacts list. It is relevant here, too.
The shooting in Connecticut yesterday was a horrific and tragic event and I am sure no one on this list would say otherwise. Several days ago on another website, actually close to a week ago, someone made the comment that the number of incidences such as this were the same in past years as we have been seeing in current ones. Well that is just not true. There are far more of them now than what we saw, say, 40 to 60 years ago. In those times, a mass shooting was uncommon and just not something that occurred much... in fact they were rare. So what has changed? How have we gotten to the point in our history that we are seeing these events more and more?
Firstly, I should get something out of the way up front with this. It's not the easy availability of firearms. Frankly they were more readily available back in those times then they are now. You could buy them in hardware stores, gas stations, mom and pop what-not stores, and a host of other places. There was no instant check, no federal 4473 forms to fill out with their state equivalents, and no waiting periods. Even Montgomery Wards sold them. And you could buy them through mail order from a host of sources. So what has happened? What factors have been introduced in the interim that have resulted in what we are seeing today?
It is the general breakdown of our society. Starting quietly but in earnest in the early 50's and proceeding with acceleration into and through the 60's, we began to see moves to alter our nation into something else, something other than its orginal design. Our traditions, our culture, our heritage, our institutions, and our history came under heavy fire. Radical elements worked diligently to undermine these historic glues of our society to unravel them and put other controls in their place. As each generation was born, we moved further away from the previous generation's attempts to pass on that which was passed on to it. For some things, this was good... for others, not so good.
Natural controls are always better than artificial ones and when you remove natural controls, the wolf is at the door since artificial controls are rarely supported by the people. We have seen a degradation of our national character, our national soul if you will, to a point where we are in real danger of destroying ourselves. This is not an indictment of a specific political party since both are guilty of sleeping at their post. And I will not get into a discussion of liberal versus conservative positions here. But I have seen this all take place in my lifetime and have been witness to its concerted beginnings and what we have now.
Friends, we are in a mess in this country. And it's not going to get any better any time soon. Some are calling for more and stricter firearms control but that's not going to do a damned thing. It's nothing more than a knee jerk reaction to a serious problem and these problems will continue regardless of how much control we may place on firearms. The very folks who are screaming the loudest for these controls are the same sort of people who brought us to this point in the first place. And now they're asking, they're demanding we give up more of our rights to correct the problems and the mess they have created.
I'm afraid we have gone too far and unfortunately, at this point we can't turn back because that wolf in no longer at the door; he's in our house. It is going to get worse and I hate to say that. Perhaps by getting worse, things will flesh out and the people will wake up and see what has been lost. But I doubt it.
So please pray for the parents and families who lost loved ones in yesterday's tragedy. Pray that we can turn this ship around and seek the light before darkness envelops us completely. And pray for our nation as you never prayed before.
I love my friends on this list and wish nothing but the best for all of you. May you all have a Merry Christmas and give thought to what Christmas is really about. Hold your children a little longer, if you have them. Call a friend or stop by and just talk to them. Embrace your family.
God bless you all.