Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It's Not Okay

This is going to be short and quick because I really don't want to delve into politics a whole lot on my blog. But I'm irritated. Oh, so irritated.

Last week, a tragic shooting commenced in Arizona - the target was Representative Gabrielle Giffords, a moderate Democrat. However, there where over 20 people injured and six killed. Rep. Giffords was shot in the head and is still in critical condition.

The assailant was a young man named Jared Loughner and the press is reporting that he is mentally unstable and committed this senseless act alone. He was apprehended and charged for the crimes. 

I'm sure I've mentioned it before, but I am conservative. However, I love everyone and was raised to treat everyone with respect, even if I don't agree with their choices. I have many friends that are of all types of political mind and I really couldn't care any less. I may not understand some of their views but I do understand their right to see the world as they choose. 

So, now that I  have been reading a ton of different articles citing that Republican Sarah Palin was to blame for this because of a blurb she said in her Arizona themed reality show or because she posted a map on her Facebook page about who voted for the healthcare bill that happened to have a cross hair marking the individuals. 

It is positively absurd that people are trying to blame the actions taken by this individual on anyone else. It is not another person or a weapon that made this man make the decision that he did. He is mentally unstable! It doesn't matter if he is a Republican, or a Democrat, or who he shot. The fact that he took human lives is the problem. 

Dave Ramsey is a Christian financial educator and Bryan and I took his classes. The most important thing that we took away was that money is an inanimate object. It does not breathe. It does not make decisions. The only power our money has is what we give it. Letting something like money own us instead of us owning the money is downright ridiculous. Its the same thing as a cup, a cup has no power until we fill it and drink from it. 

The same rings true with a gun. A gun is just a gun. It is neither good nor bad. What we DO with the gun is what gives it power. Sarah Palin or anyone else for that matter, did not pull the trigger. Lets hold the man that did this accountable and stop playing the blame game. 

If you think of it, say a prayer for the people that lost their lives, are fighting for it and the family members affected by this tragedy. 


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