There are moments so engraved on your mind that no matter how hard you try ............ you can never forget.
Where were you when you heard?
Where were you when you heard that President Kennedy was shot?
Where were you when you heard about Martin Luther King?
Northern Illinois University?
A mall in Omaha?
A grocery store parking lot in Tuscon?
A theater in Aurora?
A temple in Milwaukee?
A mall in Portland?
So many .... there are so many schools that I have forgotten the names ... I have forgotten the places. But not the shock. The horror. The acknowledgement that evil can be inflicted on so many innocent people.
And Friday ..... there was another.
Some were killed with handguns. Some with rifles. Others with fertilizer bombs and airplanes.
But .... assault weapons with large clips of ammunition have become too common.
And I know .... you will say.... guns don't kill people, people kill people. And you will be right.
We talk about screenings and gun permits. Lately, these weapons have been bought and registered legally.
We talk about the mentally ill ............ unfortunately, mental illness is often diagnosed after the fact.
Until then .... they are just odd. Peculiar. Different.
We used to know who they were. They were talking to themselves in the grocery store. Now that is half the population ... just using their blue tooth!!!!
But maybe the time has come to talk about assault weapons and mega-rounds of ammunition. Because I haven't quite figured out why you need a 30 round clip to kill deer.
It won't be the answer........... but it may be one of many.
Until then ...... we are saying too many prayers. Too many vigils. For too many innocent people.