As I write this, it’s only a few days until the next winter storm hits my area — and like past storms, I’m definitely not looking forward to it. But sometimes, the weather ends up becoming irreveleant, when you consider the other problems that plague the world.
The shooting rampage in Tucson this past weekend is a grim and potent reminder that the world is already a dangerous place to be in — even more so if one of the people who was murdered as a result of it was a young girl. It’s the kind of nightmare that we’re already familiar with — and sadly, it’s the kind that’ll never go away, in spite of the gun laws that are supposed to prevent criminals, psychopaths, and the mentally-troubled from buying them.
The true insanity of this and other shootings emerges when innocent bystanders end up shot alongside the killers’ intended targets — bystanders who are, in the shooters’ opinion, nothing more than cannon foder standing in their way. As for the killers themselves, they are self-delusional glory hounds seeking a perverted immortality and drawing attention to himself, while not caring what the rest of the world thinks of them — much like John Wilkes Booth when he murdered Abraham Lincoln following the end of the Civil War.
In our country’s new political era, it’s up to our politicians to live up to the ideals that created America and really work together to prevent the kinds of tragedy that’s sadly become commonplace — and a problem that can’t be solved quickly. Otherwise, the violence that affected Tucson, Columbine, and other U.S. towns and cities will grow at a more rapid pace — and someday, such violent acts might occur in our very hometown, when everybody least expects it.
For all of us, that might be an even greater tragedy than Tucson itself.
John Lavernoich is the author of the novels Code Name: Chameleons and Chameleons To The Rescue, as well as close to three dozen articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet — to learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (http://jlavernoich2008.web.officelive.com/default.aspx), as well as his pages on Windows Live Spaces (http://cid-ef88d131988ab38f.profile.live.com), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich), and Twitter (http://twitter.com/JLav65).
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