It was a beautiful day. The sun was warm and the sky was clear. It was calm. In just a matter of moments however, thunder was heard in the distance. Then black clouds appeared on the horizon. The wind picked up. You could see lightning flash. People scattered looking for cover. Some sought protection under trees. You, of course, know the rest of the story. A flash of light, a tree is hit, and people under the tree are struck and they die. Innocent, unsuspecting, men, women, and children die.
This sadly is not an unusual story. It happens all over the world. So what is the point of this discussion?
us consider the events at the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. We are
being told the “alleged” perpetrator was a somewhat normal, albeit
brilliant, individual who was calm and quiet. A loner some said. So what
does the massacre in Colorado have to do with lightning? I will try to
offer some perspective.
the case of the lightning storm, signs were everywhere. Dark clouds and
thunder announced the arrival of the storm. Most people sought cover in
safe ways. Some, however, even though they know one should never get
under a tree in such a case, did it anyway. The sad and unfortunate
result is they died.
twenty-four year old suspect in the theater assault did not go crazy
three weeks before he acted. He has been crazy for a long time. There
were signs and they were ominous. There were dark clouds and there was
thunder. I believe his parents knew. I believe many people knew. When he
finally blew up, there was no place to hide. His actions were
premeditated and vicious and his killings were as random as a lightning
was struck by the uncanny resemblance between this perp and the shooter
in the Tucson shopping center. Look at their mug shots. Frightening. I
believe in both of these cases many, many people knew these people were
nut cases. They as much as announced they were going to, like lightning,
strike. It was never a matter of if, it was only a matter of when.
around the world we see these types of events. In Norway, where guns
are totally controlled, dozens of innocents were killed by a nut case.
It has happened in Germany. It happens where guns have been outlawed and
it happens in more free societies where guns are readily available.
These types of mass killings are very similar to lightning strikes. You
can only protect yourself so much. One thing is clear. If an armed
citizen with a conceal carry permit had been in the audience at the
theater and shot the perpetrator, far fewer might have died. Sadly, we
will never know. If history has taught us anything though, it is that
the only way to stop a gun is with a gun.
the usual suspects are railing against the second amendment. People
who, in my view, are at least as dangerous as many of the nut jobs among
us, want to eliminate guns from our society. I have my guns to protect
myself and my family from the crazies and the government. Both are
equally dangerous to our freedom and well being.
life random events occur. Most are good. Some are tragic. The people
who went to see the Batman movie never imagined they would die that day.
The people who sought protection under a tree in the storm never
imagined they would not see tomorrow. Such is life.
Embrace your loved ones. Life has no guarantee. Lightning strikes.
Ron Scarbro July 25, 2012
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