Such a tragedy. There was no reason for this to happen. This was not a karmic event.
So much pain, suffering, anguish, loss and heartache for all concerned, especially for the parents, families and friends of the precious souls who lost their lives during this event. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to everyone affected by this terrible happening.
However, when I first heard of this “event”, I must admit I was somewhat numbed to the news, not because I did not understand the gravity of what took place, but rather, and I know I am not alone in this, once again seeing a similar story repeating itself made me wonder if anything had been learned.
I happened to view David Letterman speaking about the shootings, and he reeled off a number of interesting (or perhaps I should say disturbing) facts about the gun statistics in the USA. I can’t remember the exact numbers, but since 1993 I think David said there has been around 80+ shootings in US schools.
Here I would like to recount some figures…
Number of guns per capita by country (2007)
Rank #1; USA; 88.8 guns per 100 residents
Rank #2; Serbia; 58.2 guns per 100 residents
Rank #3; Yemen; 54.8 guns per 100 residents
List of countries by firearm-related death rate
Rank #1 (out of 85); El Salvador; 50.36 deaths per 100,000 people caused by firearms
Rank #2 (out of 85); Jamaica; 47.44 deaths per 100,000 people caused by firearms
Rank #10 (out of 85); USA; 10.2 deaths per 100,000 people caused by firearms; (#2 out of 85 countries in gun related suicide)
All I am trying to show by the above figures is that the United States gun problem is backed up statistically, however I am sure many people don’t even need to see what is listed above to know this for themselves.
Although I have been in America a few times (briefly, or just traveling through), things need to change.
The United States has made their own bed (so to speak). However it is not too late to do something about it. An amnesty is required, but this would only have some effect if this was backed up by a global change in awareness, essentially a spiritual change, where people say “Hey, I don’t need this in my life, I feel in my heart God’s Grace and Protection is with me, and I feel safe within myself”. When this takes place, and a person knows within themselves that this is true, needs for so-called security and self-protection will slip into the past, and paranoia will become a distant memory.
In truth, if guns were as easy to come by in New Zealand, I probably wouldn’t be here.
Feel free to comment on this post if you wish, I hope this provokes interest and discussion.
Addendum (21st December 2017): In a sobering article from The Guardian entitled “1,516 mass shootings in 1,735 days – America’s gun crisis“, the situation is shown graphically.