Gun Crime in America – One Man’s Analysis

The modern press want us to believe that it is a free, adaptive and resilient press core that report on issues that fall into the category of public interest. They want us to accept that they work diligently on behalf of their public readers, and keep us informed of stuff that is of key interest to the people, gives light to subject matter that would prompt debate, and inform others of key motions, opinion and the stuff going on around us that is going to help to change public opinion or create new perceptions or ideas to flow. This is the ideal world that the press wants us to believe they provide us right?

So why then did I have to find out about a key public address made in a special session of the US Congress, to key leaders of the US Administration that are currently looking for ways to change guns laws, through a post on FaceBook?

I found this article really interesting, and very informative, more so because I struck me that coverage of this speech failed to make public coverage in any of the press that I could find, yet the ideas presented resonated with me, and I am sure thousands of others.

The reality here? If what your saying does not fit with what the Leaders of our Nation are saying, if it does not suit the agenda of the Press Core, if it is the truth, and nothing but the pure unadulterated truth, then the people that apparently matter are not interested. Shame on them!

Here is the content of the speech I speak of.

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Guess our national leaders didn’t expect this. On Thursday, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee. What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful.

They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert! These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness. The following is a portion of the transcript:

“Since the dawn of creation there has been both good &evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.

“The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used.. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain’s heart.

“In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA – because I don’t believe that they are responsible for my daughter’s death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel’s murder I would be their strongest opponent

I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy — it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best.

Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You’ve stripped away our heritage,
You’ve outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question “Why?”
You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need!

“Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation’s history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact.

What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine’s tragedy occurs — politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws.

Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts.

“As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America , and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him.

To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA — I give to you a sincere challenge.. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone!

My daughter’s death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!”
– Darrell Scott

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” – John 8.32

Please do what the media and the US Government have failed to do. Pass this on. Tell your friends and family to check it out, it is well worth consideration and our time to ponder it.

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Is Health & Safety really Health & Safety?

If you live in the UK today, you’ll be only too familiar with the term “Health & Safety!” So what is health and safety? These are my thoughts on the whole quagmire of keeping Britain safe.

The idea of Health & Safety is a noble one if you consider it. It is mankind’s attempt at ensuring that the greater public are truly put first before profit and advancement. However when is protecting our people from harm taken too far? In today’s minefield of Health and Safety legislation is it really mankind that we are protecting, or are we in the long run just deskilling ourselves? In today’s modern office, gone are the people that you could call on to fix anything. We need a sparky to change the light bulb, a chef to boil the kettle, a gardener to trim the grass, and a hygiene technician to clean the floors.

Yes admittedly there is nothing wrong with making sure we work smart and work safe. Stopping to ensure that appropriate training systems are in place, and we use the correct equipment which has been properly checked is a wise thing. Keeping staff on their toes in dangerous environments is sound business practice I will admit. However, yes there has to be a however when we pause to think.

Yesterday’s generation were multi skilled on a level we can only ogle at. When I was a youngster and the car broke down, my father was there to fix it. When the roof needed repair, it was dad that was up mending the leak. The fridge stopped working? Fear not, our knowledgeable father was right there to give the necessary advice to get it working again. Maybe it was the simple fact that in those days we learnt to make do with a little, and really make it stretch far beyond the date it was due to die.

As a result, growing up I got into everything. Frequently I was dragged into assisting my father be it with enthusiasm or kicking and screaming, fundamentally I learnt just like him to have an enquiring mind. Skills from all manner of trades we passed down. Building a wall, wiring in a boiler, hooking up the sewerage, painting the walls, hanging a door, whatever we were doing, I had an idea of what it was, and how it was done. Of course I didn’t know everything, and still don’t, but if I didn’t know, I was going to find out.

My first experience with Health & Safety was a written letter of warning for changing a light bulb in the office I was working. I arrived at work early one morning to find the fluorescent tube dull and flickering, which in my mind indicated it was an unsuitable environment to be working in. The flicker was distracting and an indication the tube was on its way out. The simple solution? Change the tube of course. So off to the basement I trundled, and requested for a new tube. The store keeper obliged and I ventured to my desk, climbed up and proceeded to change the tube. It was about this point that my boss came in and all hell broke out. I was given the sternest verbal dressing down about the dangers I’d placed myself and my colleagues in. There were only two people on a floor that held thirty of us. I was berated about how I could have seriously injured myself and it was not my job to change a light bulb. Stunned is an adequate definition of my response. I looked at my boss as if she were stupid. TO be fair I still think that she was, however she was following Health & Safety to the letter of the law, and so it was that an electrical expert was called in to change the tube.

In today’s society, children are not allowed to enjoy a jungle gym, swing on a swing, or play on a seesaw. It is necessary to put up a warning sign above a kettle informing people that the contents may be hot. People cannot be in the office while deep cleaning is taking place in case of a hazardous substance spill. There are numerous examples of Health & Safety gone wrong. It’s ridiculous to imagine that we can protect everyone from injury. Things go wrong. Accidents happen. People get hurt, this is a fact of life, a reality of being human. We are fragile, we bleed, we experience pain, and through it we learn. We gain knowledge which we can impart to others. We understand risk and appreciate danger. Is Health & Safety destroying this? Are we loosing our humanity as a result of stringent laws dictating what is safe and what is not?

Companies are being squeezed more and more as margins are cut further and further. As a nation we need a strong, vibrant economy in a day and age of difficult times. It is essential to stimulate new business, to ensure that yes there is a policy in place protecting staff and the public, but to make it one that is affordable and easy enough to follow. The airplane wasn’t invented in an environment of perfect safety, and its designers and test pilots put themselves at great risk testing it out. Look where it got us. We didn’t learn that buildings can be built against the destructive forces of nature without one or two of them falling down. Society grows through taking risks.

How did the Egyptians build the pyramids? Could we ask human kind complete the same feat today? Or is it true that down the ages of time, we’ve interfered in the process of skilling ourselves so much that we’ve lost much of the skills, experience and knowledge that mankind has learnt over generation after generation?

The current government is doing a lot to put Britain back on track, and getting us back to productive, profitable and prosperous life. In my opinion, it’s about time that they looked carefully at the whole idea of Health & Safety and took a reality check. In addition, I honestly think that WE as society need to take a look at ourselves. Yes, reality check number two is for us. We have become a nation of idle, lazy people that don’t question anything, do little to skill ourselves, and find it all to easy to leave it to someone else to sort, fix or make right. It is our responsibility to take the bull by the horns and make it work. We need to think less about suing the pants off each other for any little thing, kick the “Injury” lawyers into touch, and learn to cope with life again. Be inquisitive, be passionate and be skilled.