I have been silent about last Friday‘s mass murder in Newtown until now, it has taken some time to make my brain understand it. I realize now that there is no understanding. It is completely incomprehensible that anyone could kill one child, let alone 20 beautiful, precious lives. For the families that lost a child, it goes against nature that a parent should outlive their child and my heart is in pain for each and every one of you. You have my most sincere and deepest sympathies.
Now every person with a media platform has been expressing their opinions as to how we can prevent this type of thing from happening again and I am going to give you my take.
Sammy ‘The Bull’ Gravano said during his opening testimony against John Gotti, “Gun control? It’s the best thing you can do for crooks… I want you to have nothing! I’m a bad guy. I’m always going to have a gun.”
It’s a pretty self-explanatory statement. No matter which side of the gun control fence you live on I think this is something we can agree on, bad guys will always find a way to arm themselves.
In the past week I have heard all kinds of things that are to blame for incidents like this happening and I personally do not believe any one of them. They have targeted video games, mental illness, the mother, Facebook, the NRA, President Obama, Jon Stewart (weird), homosexuality, religion, lack of religion, the media, the school, and the list goes on, but the big ticket item is guns, and people are riding both sides of that fence. If the teachers had guns they could have minimized it, if no one had guns, it never would have happened. My answer to each and every one of these ideas is simple…BULLSHIT!
The human race is capable of many things and just as we are capable of great love, compassion, intellect and acts of heroism, we are also sincerely capable of reaching the polar opposite of all of those things and that includes what happened in Newtown. Murder is not some new phenomenon. We have killed each other from the beginning of time. Long before Call of Duty and AR-15‘s, we would simple pick up the nearest rock or use fists and feet to snuff out life. My suggestion is that we stop wasting our time looking for what or who is to blame and begin to bear the responsibility of acknowledging that there can be no good without evil. This is a battle that has existed since the dawn of man on earth. Good versus evil.
When you choose which side to fight on, remember you will always have an opponent.