THE BLAME GAME

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Already there is talk about stricter gun control needed in this country since yesterday’s tragedy.  Would making guns harder to get have stopped this disturbed young man from harming others?  No, I don’t think so.  He had hoped to kill more by booby trapping his apartment so do we call for stricter bans on chemicals and explosives?  When are we going to stop blaming the tools used in these horrific killings and start blaming the people who perform these heinous acts?   At the risk of sounding trite, we have to remember, “People kill people”, and they will use whatever is available to accomplish that task.  Guns are just one option.   Personally, I would rather see a ban on violent video games.  We have a nation of young people who have grown up “killing” in cyberspace and it has got to desensitize some to the horror of taking a life.   And what about all the violence in movies and on TV?  Can we watch years and years of it and not be affected by it?   There is something about men and violence.  Does being violent equal being macho?  If you watch the movies, it does.

So, what’s the answer?  Wish I knew.  But something has to change in this country and for that matter, the whole world.   I have my opinions as to how it could start but what if we just started being nicer to  one another.  One baby step in a journey to a different world.   If one person can make a difference, just think how 10, 20, 50, 100…people could affect the world.  It just takes one spark to make a wildfire, one snowflake to make an avalanche, one drop of water to make a tsunami.  Just one.  You.  Me.

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About thelumberjackandthegypsy

The lumberjack is my husband and he owns Arrowhead Wood Products; Arrowhead Toboggan and Snowshoe; and Lake Superior Furniture Co. and is the exclusive manufacturer of wood shutters for Summit Hill Shutter Co. The gypsy is me, and I have a passion for teaching people to tap into their creative side, even when they think they don't have one! I did not grow up creative or artsy and I was in my thirties before I started sewing and creating things. I am a rug hooker; artisan teddy bear maker; painter (from pictures to large pieces of furniture!); knitter; doll maker; needle-felter, repurposer; sewer; decorator; blogger; glamper; reader; vintage jewelry maker; junker; and now a shop owner. But the lumberjack and I feel our greatest gifts in this world are our four grandkids and our daughter and her husband and our relationship with Jesus Christ. We have been married for more than 33 years and most of that time we have lived out in the country on a hobby farm where we have raised chickens, turkeys, ducks, goats, pigs and beef cattle. We also homeschooled our only child for her entire school years. We lived out our dream of being like the The Little House on the Prairie and they were great times. I also have a personal blog: rantingsofamadqueen.wordpress.com where I tell stories of what life on the farm has been like and other things that pop up in my very weird mind. I prefer "quirky or eccentric" instead of weird (sounds more fascinating and less creepy)!

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