What is it that makes us so sensitive that we can’t take a situation and just shake it off? I think it goes to a deep-rooted problem that many people carry. I call it the “Don’t make me smack you” attitude. I had a kid the other day complaining to me at school that a boy was looking at her! Really? I just asked her, “Could it be possible that he thinks you are pretty?” She did not know what to say.
Why do we suppose that we know why people do what they do or say what they say? Why do we jump to negative conclusions? I think it is a negative self-image that allows other people to trigger our anger. Think about it. If we know who are, we are not defined by what others think or say…and yet we DO care what others think or say. I myself have been guilty of trying to please everyone and end up pleasing no one.
I heard a sad statistic today. You know what is the common thread in all the school shootings (with the exception of one)? Every shooter came from a fatherless home. The one that did have a father was in a dysfunctional home so it might as well have been fatherless. These young men were not given proper parenting, and perhaps even as sad, the warning signs were ignored by authorities that they were at risk of hurting themselves and others.
I pray every day for our kids, our schools, and our country. I know many people use these tragedies to get on the bandwagon of gun control. I do think we need more background checks and training certified for anyone buying a gun…just as we require for a driver’s license. That alone would solve a lot of problems. Here is the dilemma with gun control: crazy people don’t follow the law. They will find the weapons and a way to use them whether or not we have the laws in place. We have to identify who these people are and stop them before they get their hands on a gun. If we fix broken families, we will virtually eliminate the problem. That is our smoking gun. Just my two cents.