OUT OF YOUR COLD, LIVING HANDS

The thing is I have daydreamed about killing people; those individuals who have coldly made decisions that have ruined and wasted my life. In my daydream I am told that I only have a short time to live and so I spend that time reeking bloody revenge. What stops me from turning this dream into a reality? Reason, fear and difficulty.

A sane person would not put such a plan into action. But I have not always been sane. Fortunately (and it is only because of the roll of life's dice) I did not suffer from an illness that compelled me towards any violent action. However, it was an illness that distorted reality and employed my reason into coming to some very bizarre conclusions. Having been through that experience I can put myself into the mind of James Holmes and understand.

The insane do kill strangers in England but massacres like the Colorado shootings are extremely rare and have been rendered even more unlikely by our imposition upon ourselves of extremely stringent firearms regulations. We do have drive by shootings and guns are used in other criminal situations. But for a normally law-abiding citizen to get hold of a gun is extremely difficult. Most of us wouldn't know where to start. So "difficulty" is a major obstacle in the way of a deranged person committing a deranged act of murderous violence. It does not make such acts impossible, just very difficult and for most people, especially those who are in mental distress, that is enough.

I cry with you people of America. But what happened yesterday was very foreseeable, has happened many times before and could have been avoided if only you had the courage and selflessness to use your freedom to choose to give up those things that can so readily create human tragedies of obscene proportions. Most of you will blame the mad man. But in truth the blood of the victims is on the hands of those who put the gun into the mad man's hands. That is all of you.

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OUT OF YOUR COLD, LIVING HANDS — 12 Comments

  1. Does anyone remember Matthew Murray who shot five people and wounded others in killings in Colorado? I was one of the few who spotted his online postings before each killing spree and believed that he was genuine and tried to stop him. It was too late of course. I feel guilty that I couldn’t do more, guilty that I feel Matthew was as much a victim as the fine young Christians who died. Yes, he was insane but that wasn’t the whole story. Who notices what the misfits have to offer? Woe to those who put people into boxes and classify them neatly away instead of seeing beyond their awkwardness and accepting that God does not judge by the same criteria that we use.

  2. Bless you, Pidge. This situation now must be a painful trigger for you. I pray that you are able to feel sustained and comforted.

    MadPriest, I would be hard pressed to disagree with anything you say here.

  3. The problem in the US is that there is the Second Amendment, which is there and must be dealt with. My approach would be to consider having people register to be part of the “well-regulated militia”, in effect a shooter’s permit system, which would declare that the holder was a citizen in good standing and had the training to use firearms safely. The problem with that is that to ensure that no one with known mental problems could buy guns legally, you’d have to have the records of every psychiatrist, psychologist and counseler in the US to certify that these people were not prohibited from buying any sort of weapon. Good luck with that. The other BIG obstacle is that there are so many guns out there (and no, NO ONE knows just how many), so you will never get all of them. I am not generally a fan of mandatory prison sentences, but I will make an exception for those who use guns in crime, the Florida sentencing protocol: 10-20-Life. If you bring a gun to commit a crime, it’s an extra 10 years added to the sentence. If you shoot the gun, it’s 20 years, and if you hit someone, it’s 25 years to life without parole, depending on whether or not the victim lives. It’s a crude system, but it will get the violent criminals off the streets, and that has worked before. On the other hand, personal assaults have gone down in states with concealed carry laws…..

  4. Things in the US have become so bad that yesterday I read that someone wrote that it was a shame that there was no one in that audience carrying a gun so they could have shot the shooter…..that would have been a real life Western shoot out!!
    As an elderly person I have a check list to use before going out. Let’s see, do I have my keys, cell phone, eyeglasses/sunglasses etc. At the rate we r going, I’ll have to add my gun to the list! God help us because we r not helping ourselves!
    nij

  5. Things in the US have become so bad that yesterday I read that someone wrote that it was a shame that there was no one in that audience carrying a gun so they could have shot the shooter…..that would have been a real life Western shoot out!!
    As an elderly person I have a check list to use before going out. Let’s see, do I have my keys, cell phone, eyeglasses/sunglasses etc. At the rate we r going, I’ll have to add my gun to the list! God help us because we r not helping ourselves!
    nij

  6. “We are all guilty”? If everyone is guilty, nobody is.
    This man should be used as evidence that grad school warps the mind.

  7. This is one time the “if someone on the scene was armed they would have shot him” meme won’t work. Mr. Holmes was wearing a helmet and body armor (armour to you MP). So anyone at the scene not only needed a gun but also armor/armour piercing bullets.

  8. I cry with you people of America. … But in truth the blood of the victims is on the hands of those who put the gun into the mad man’s hands. That is all of you.

    Do you believe the USA should be ruled by the Glorious Dictatorship of JCF? [Don’t I wish! The incomes of W Buffet, M Zuckerberg, Adelman&the Koch Bros would be *down-payments* on Your Glorious Leader’s annual income!] If so, then yes, I suppose it’s my fault.

    Short of that, then it’s then it’s the fault of those who 1) Don’t vote, and 2) Vote for Guns-Uber-Alles.

    Yours Truly is in neither group.

    I pray for the dead, and vote like hell for the living.

  9. The quote should be “We may not all be guilty, but we are all responsible.”

    As to the stupid man who recommended that if other were in the theater with guns they could have stopped the shooter, he is an elected representative from a district in Texas (where else?). This should explain to you why there is never any legislation against this sort of this sort of thing. Many of our Senators and Representatives are in the pocket of the National Rifle Association.

    As it was the shooter could not have been stopped by an armed theater goer because of his body armor. A second shooter would only have added to the confusion and the death toll.

    In the aftermath of 9/11, we have been willing to give up our fourth amandment rights (unreasonable searches and siezures), but the second amandment is sacrosanct.

    God help us.