Late this past week, for the seventh time, Mark David Chapman – the man who murdered Beatles co-founder John Lennon in early-December, 1980 – was denied parole, a decision that didn’t come as a big surprise. It’s also one that I strongly approve – partly because what Chapman did was and remains unforgivable, a feeling shared by not only all who loved and revered Lennon as both musician and icon, but also those loved him the most, including Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono (who’s a better judge of human nature that one might think, considering her opinion that Chapman should stay in prison for the rest of his natural life).
Considering what’s happened in the past thirty-plus years since Lennon’s murder (and to an equal extant, the violence that occurred long before that), it’s impossible to escape the mind-numbing images and suffering that results from such brutal shooting incidents like Columbine. (Add to that the shooting at New York City’s Empire State Building that occurred this past week.) Those who’ve never even faced the barrel of a firearm held by a criminal and/or psychopath throughout their lifetimes know all too well of the consequences of gun violence, a fact that certain people have failed to acknowledge – and still do. Of course, those who came up with the U.S. Constitution’s second amendment – the right to bear arms – couldn’t have foreseen the troubles that firearms would help cause over the next two-plus centuries, especially when they ended up in the hands of hardened criminals and self-delusional mental cases who probably didn’t pay attention to the seventh commandment, namely “Thou shalt not kill.” On the other hand, many of the aforementioned criminals and nutcases who’ve used firearms to commit such senseless violence over the past two-plus centuries probably had some sort of would-be “God complex,” which is more than enough to actually sicken the actual God.
The bloody and senseless violence caused by men like Chapman has and will always continue to affect the psyche of not only the murder victims’ families and friends, but also those who were shot yet survived and the eyewitnesses who know all too well that they might be the next to fall to the kind of violence that continues to defy explanation. But if almost everybody who’s ever been affected by said violence – including victims, survivors, and eyewitnesses – can never escape the graphic and traumatic images that would give even Jesus Christ nightmares, those responsible for committing said violence can never escape their actions, including the unrepentant who still believe that their actions were justified. In the end, however, the proven guilty – including those who’ll never regret their actions – will have to answer to an authority even higher than the world’s courts of law; only in death will the souls of the truly guilty realize that they had no right to play God – or that nothing good can ever come out of their violent actions.
John Lavernoich is the author of the novels Code Name: Chameleons and Chameleons To The Rescue, as well as various non-fiction 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://johnlavernoich.sharepoint.com), 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), Twitter (http://twitter.com/JLav65), and WordPress (https://johnlav.wordpress.com). Mr. Lavernoich also maintains his own video channel on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/JLav65?feature=mhsn) as well as his own Author Spotlight page on Lulu Books‘ website (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Highroad).
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