November 6, 2017 | Posted in General

 I don’t even flinch anymore.

My lack of response is the result of learned behavior.

No longer a matter of “what if” but rather “when and where?”

And… how many?

“I didn’t think it would happen here…”
“Everyone knows each other, we are close knit community…”
” Thoughts and prayers…”
” Sunday’s massacre is the deadliest church shooting in modern U.S. history.” ” . . . This isn’t a guns situation,” Said President Trump. “It’s a mental health thing and fortunately someone else had a gun that was shooting in the opposite direction” or it “would have been much worse.
Well…there it is…Thanks be to God it wasn’t “much worse.”
You know…like 58 people slaughtered at a country music fest in Las Vegas on October 1st…just over a month ago.
That was much worse, see now we have a new gauge to work from. Under 58 is “less worse,” more than that…much, much worse.
Last week an ISIS whack job plowed into six people crushing them to death in New York. That wasn’t a “truck thing” it was a “terrorist thing.” …26 are gunned down by a former member of the United States Air Force and we should be thankful it wasn’t “much worse” and that it was a “mental health thing” and NOT a “terrorist thing.”
See the difference? Good.
The ages of the 26 dead range from 5 to 72 however, one family reported the death of a year-old child. Most were shot in the pews as they worshiped. 8 of the murdered came from one family including a pregnant mother and her unborn child.
I stopped flinching back on December 14th, 2012 when Sandy Hook became the worst mass murder on our soil in a school and 20 children ages 6 and 7 were systematically blown apart along with six adults who died trying to shield their students from the bullets.
A piece of my humanity left that day and never returned.
“We ask for God’s guidance and healing in this time” said the Governor of Texas.
Huh…now where have I heard that before?
Healing? Sure…but asking for God’s guidance after another mass shooting is like asking for a price check at the Dollar Store.
Makes no sense. We already know what the price is for this stuff.
“The reports out of Texas are devastating” Speaker Paul Ryan tweeted. “The people of Sutherland Springs need our prayers right now.”
Right now? Really? That’s what they need? If thoughts and prayers really prevented things like this, humans wouldn’t be mowed down in churches where they were kneeling in worship. Or at a movie theater, mall, concert venue, school room, college classroom, or fill in the blank list of potential places you need to have a SWAT Team in your back pocket.
If you are  among those out there praying for “Divine Intervention,” a giant hand perhaps that will come out of the clouds and with one sweep change all the warped minds and belief systems that have slipped through the cracks, melt down all the guns and make sure no other pregnant women in church, 2nd graders in class, ten-year-olds at a concert and retired railroad engineers on their knees in prayer get sawed apart by an assault rifle, I got some news for ya.
Its gonna get “much worse” before it ever gets “much better.”
Each mass murder confirms the lesson we are bent on repeating, no matter how high the body count, the age of the dead or the mental health of the killers or the “motive” that pulls a trigger.
We become what we allow…for betteror for worse… and that’s not up to God.
That’s up to us.

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