05/28/2022 A VOICE FROM THE GALLERY

I propose we all take a step back before we make that headlong run into inevitable disaster.

I have book-larned, I have lightly touched on the U.S. Constitution, I have Bible-studied, I have I have experience-learned and I have learned at the feet of those mentors I had and continue to have along the course of my life. Those cumulative learnings have shaped my attitudes, behaviors and life choices.

In my writings, I have learned to never-ever state something as fact until I am comfortable it is in truth a provable fact.  At first this action on my part was to save me embarrassment but as I grew in my writing I understood my possible impact on others. I could not in good conscience influence someone wrongly. In school I learned about semantics and how they control the spoken and written word.

In my high school studies of American History and the U.S. Constitution I learned what most kids learn in a very brief synopsis of the document establishing the rules of our nation. Unfortunately what cannot be covered in one brief high school semester on U.S, Government is the motivation, forward looking and great care the framers took to craft a document which would adequately serve all peoples. It was later in my college studies I learned How the framers used language and intent to provide for all those who came after them and actually provided for the clarification of terms, intent and method in which to improve the rules and regulations set forth in the U.S. Constitution.

I have Bible studied, learning right from wrong, learning the Bible verses should never-ever be taken out of context less the Bible comes off sounding like some antiquated version of a snake-oil touting barker in a traveling road show trying to $ell a concept for his/her sole benefit.

I have experience-learned telling the truth is not enough, one has to fight, fight and continue to fight. Even when I have been deemed a liar when I told the truth. I have no problem turning the other cheek when I am called a liar, but when that cast aspersion causes another person to be found guilty and given a life sentence for something he did not do,

IN THIS CASE I WILL NOT TURN THE OTHER CHEEK NOR WILL I TOLERATE SUCH A MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE!

Recent and not so recent mass murders are a travesty to what we all hold dear. Do not fall for the snake-oil barker of the traveling road show, stating this is the result solely and completely at the feet of the perpetrator, family and so-on. We all share responsibility by, “…what we have done and by what we have left undone…” There is a saying, “…when you point a finger of blame, there are three fingers pointing back at you…”

SO TO OUR LAWMAKERS, GOVERNORS AND SO ON,

Folks you have long been shirking your duties and while you did not (I hope) cause these atrocities directly you have assuredly allowed these mass murders to continue.   It is long past time to act! Extend those three fingers pointing back at you along with that one finger pointing at another person or entity, raise that ENTIRE HAND over your heart and pledge your allegiance to our country not the NRA and that you will not sacrifice any more people to your greed, creed or mid-deeds.