vmax Posted October 2, 2015 Share Posted October 2, 2015 In his impassioned address in the wake of Thursday's horrible shooting at an Oregon community college, Obama issued a challenge to the media. "Have news organizations tally up the number of Americans who've been killed through terrorist attacks in the last decade and the number of Americans who've been killed by gun violence, and post those side-by-side on your news reports," he asked. Over ten thousand Americans are killed every year by gun violence. By contrast, so few Americans have been killed by terrorist attacks since 9/11 that, when you chart the two together, the terrorism death count approximates zero for every year except 2001. This comparison, if anything, understates the gap: far more Americans die every year from (easily preventable) gun suicides than gun homicides. The point Obama is making is clear: we spend huge amounts of money every year fighting terrorism, yet are unwilling, at the national level, to take even minor steps (like requiring background checks on all gun sales nationally) to stop gun violence."We spent over a trillion dollars, and passed countless laws, and devote entire agencies to preventing terrorist attacks on our soil, and rightfully so" Obama said. "And yet we have a Congress that explicitly blocks us from even collecting data on how we could potentially reduce gun deaths. How can that be?" http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/deaths-from-gun-violence-vs-deaths-from-terrorism-in-one-chart/ar-AAf1eOa?li=AAa0dzB I know getting rid of guns won't stop the killing. People will just go back to clubbing each other to death.But....using the same amount of money to stop the mass murders in this country....even just to put a serious dent in that makes great sense.Have educational classes in the schools on healthy ways to resolve conflict and deal with emotions of anger, hate and rage. Create course on how to live by spiritual principles.Educate Hollywood and the TV media industry and the video gaming industryt that they are part of the problem with the huge glut of movies and shows where everybody has a gun and that solves the problem.Educate our population that we are the problem, because we view, demand and watch these kinds of shows.How many TV and movie murders has a child seen by age 13? Are they numb to it? Are they beginning to think this is how to behave?Identify and help the mentally ill.Make it not cool to own a gun.Create neighborhood and family programs to identify and get help for individuals with a propensity towards violence.Make it real damn hard to own a gun.Create education, jobs programs and opportunities for every child growing up in financial poverty and poverty in spirit. These kids in Baltimore are pissed off because they see no way out of the ghetto. They have no hope. Thier dreams of being self supporting and having their own home and family have been stamped down in the dirt. Mobilize. Make mental, emotional and spiritual war on this. One month ago, my son and 2 friends were walking into a gas station to get a soda. 4 older youths blocked the door and told them to empty their pockets. My son said "No way." 4 others came up from behind. This is right at the gas station door. They get attacked, start getting the better of the attackers....one pulls a knife and begins trying to kill them. All of this is caught on the gas station cameras. The 22 year old man with the knife keeps slashing for my sons throat. Then he swings down for a heart shot. My son can't move fast enough out of the way so he puts his arm up, the knife goes into his arm cutting 5 tendons and severing 3 of them. But not the heart. The attackers flee.Today I sit at this keyboard grateful that he is alive and will fully recover....but I know I could easily be typing this with him dead and gone and my heart broken....and if you knew him, he's an upbeat, positive, happy-go-lucky Tom Sawyer type of guy. Good. Clean.This can be your child.The attacker could be your child. I race to Shock Trauma from work and see my son and the doctors. He tells me what happened and then blew me away with this statement. He said, "Dad. I looked into his eyes. Something is wrong with that kid. He's not right. Maybe someday I could get a job helping kids like that. I think I could get through."No anger. No rage. No revenge or retaliation factor. No Hate. If only the rest of us could be like that. Somehow we have to find a way to raise the consciousness of this society. Raise the vibration.The old ways do not work and never have. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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