Happy Monday y'all! First off, I would like to give my condolences to the families of the horrendous church shooting in Texas, killing 26 and wounding over 20 more. These senseless acts are becoming far too reoccurring and to say that it is shameful is an underestimate! Like many Americans, I grew up in church, and the fear of someone coming through the doors and opening fire on an innocent, unsuspecting crowd of church-goers was never a thought that crossed my mind. I'm sure these people were the same and it is beyond words that it was the reality of the situation.
I can't even really begin to wrap my head around what causes someone to want to open fire on a crowd of people. Nothing mattered at all to this guy, male, female, pregnant, children, he only wanted to kill, and I just cannot find the point to where you even start to try to understand why or any kind of reasoning. The fact that he didn't turn the gun on himself and he actually made an attempt to escape leads me to believe that he probably had intent to do more harm than he accomplished and those guys that went in hot pursuit are heralded, and rightfully so, as heroes. Their pursuit may have saved many more lives and they deserve the highest of rewards for their actions.
In my opinion, this is domestic terrorism. Any act such as this is domestic terrorism. Terrorism is not just about a religion. It is tied to that often times, but not always. Many people lost their lives in this act, as the Las Vegas shooting also, and because of this now many Americans have fear of doing something they love or going somewhere because they are afraid of an incident such as this and that is what terrorism is and does.
One thing that is certain is that we have too much hate going on and far too much neglect for people who tend to lose their ability to process their emotions. It seems as if this guy is someone who lost his head a while back, but where do you draw the line with violent tendencies? I'm not sure on this, but I know we have to start somewhere. It can be a number of things. We have to start making a change in culture at some point, and it takes time to do that, but we can either change it for the better or change it for the worse because it will inevitably change. It's up to us to try to steer which direction it goes.
As we all mourn another tragedy across the country, let's all strive to help us step forward as a society. We may not have the ability to prevent an act that happened a thousand miles away, but we can strive to make our own respective communities a little bit better and piece by piece, little by little, that will help make the difference. Love one another, don't hate someone because you don't see eye to eye on something, don't judge someone by their skin color, sex, religion, political affiliation, or anything else that may have been an issue in the past. We don't even have to like everyone, that's normal, but if you want to, you can get along at least, or not wish harm on them. Take care of each other, folks, and I will see y'all soon, if not, sooner!