Fear is following us every day. I do not know for certain why so many acts of violence are taking over our country but I do know that I have friends who are changing their activities because of fear. One friend no longer will go to movies. Another will not sit with her back to a door.
There is an increasing reluctance to attend large events where many people are gathered. Mind sets are changing so rapidly. “If you see something, say something” has us all watching suspiciously the actions of our fellows. Wednesday night last week I was leaving church and two young men with short spikey hair, tattoos and earrings came roaring into the church parking lot. I approached the truck and asked if I could help them. They asked if we were having church and I said we were done and they looked at each other and spun out of the drive. I was very unsettled by it and even contemplated calling the police but decided against it. It made me realize though that “there is something rotten in Denmark.”
I watch powerless as one mass murder after another occurs. According to Wikapedia, as of July 31, 2019, there had been 248 mass shootings in the year with 979 people injured and 246 dead. And that is before El Paso, Dayton and Odessa. A rational person would think that legislative action would be in order to address this chaos but, although the (U.S.) House of Representatives has passed several pieces of legislation regulating gun types and purchases, one man, Mitch McConnell, prevents the Senate from even discussing this legislation.
How is this possible in a democracy where public opinion wants action of some type? While we do not all agree how to address the problem, I do not think anyone wants the status quo to continue. We need to talk and act and that cannot and should not occur at the behest one old man. We need to make our voices heard.
Linda M. Gunn