“……for such is the Kingdom of Heaven”

Published: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 10:42 AM.

I have no clue what “life imitating art” means. But I think it has something to do with we see it or hear about it on some media form and we go home and try it. Leon saw Tarzan jump off that bridge at the Park Theatre and so he went down to Paris Landing the very next day and jumped off that high bridge over the Tennessee River. He liked to have drowned. I have told that story before trying to be funny. I’m thinking it is not so funny today. If we are producing movies, videos, games or instant replays that depict, or ye gads, GLORIFY mass shootings, bombings, pillaging and looting……we ought to take a second look at those things.

I’ve leaned more about assault rifles in the past weeks than I ever cared to. I own a gun or two. I haven’t seen either one of them in years. I think the rifle that belonged to my grandfather is in the closet and the Remington 22 is under the bed maybe. I haven’t fired a gun in twenty years. I am not anti gun; I just don’t have any interest in them. We can do away with every gun (except granddaddy’s) and that would be alright with me. But somehow, in my heart, I don’t believe these nightmare attacks are the gun’s fault. It goes way deeper than that.

I do find it a bit ironic that some of the most out spoken proponents for gun control are also just as out spoken for abortion rights.  

I don’t believe our society is sick. I believe we have some sick people in our society. And listen closely here, we must all except some of the blame for the way things are in America today. Maybe we should have spoken up more, or at least questioned, some of the violent movies, videos and television shows. We should demand that media of all shapes, forms, fashion and kinds spend their air time glorifying family life, presenting decent rules for living and simple civilities among human beings.

I stand as guilty as anyone. I’ve wasted a lot of time and ink writing about Billy Bob and Charlene when I could have used this space to enlighten, or at least, made an attempt to wake us up a little to the evils that have befallen us slowly over the years. 

We could certainly explore the mental health issues a little more. But let’s not use “unstable” as an excuse to commit horrendous acts of violence. Is there a cause and effect that is apparent here? If we think as a nation happy, good thoughts will we get the desired results? If we shoot, pillage, loot and steal…….

I have a seven year old grandson. He is a first grader. If I thought it would help, I’d pull that Remington out from under the bed and follow him every where he goes. But that is not feasible….or even sensible. I’m trusting lots of folks to help me raise little Luke safely and soundly.



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