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Sadly, there are evil people in our world. Whether they use a gun, bomb, airplane or violence, it comes down to gaining two things. Attention or control. Everyone wants it and no one wants to lose it.
In our lives, we live this every day. It comes from an abusive bully, spouse, parent, boss or from ourselves. Some folks don’t know the difference between good or bad attention. They feel out of control. To them, any attention is good attention.
How would we know when something is good if we didn’t know something bad? As children, we are supposed to learn right and wrong. Some never do.
We blame guns, drugs, abuse….we are so good at making excuses and avoiding real issues. The right things to do are never the easiest. We enable problems to persist because it’s uncomfortable to get involved.
Why not shoot up a school? Schools try to teach control and give attention. This is a place advertised as a “GUN FREE ZONE” where a selfish, sick person can feel invited to do as they choose at no risk.
Violent video games, media and sports condition participants to not care. For some, life becomes a game or a fantasy. Acting on this allows them to feel control and get their 15 minutes of fame or attention.
The Newtown massacre is an example of a sick cowards’ way to deal with their selfish needs. For a moment, they’re in control and the news media awards them with their 15 minutes of attention.
Somebody always knows something and fails to speak up. Perhaps this is where we need to place blame. What makes me nervous is how the media and political attention is encouraging us to disarm and is motivating the next offender.