Why do these dreams of ours continue to be haunted by our nightmares? Will there ever be a week when we can turn on our TVs or pick up a newspaper without a banner headline announcing yet another senseless mass murder or killing?
Must we sacrifice our sense of security or forfeit our way of life, to these apparently predatory and certainly unstable individuals? Like a rattlesnake, they attack and kill without reason or rhyme. Their poisonous venom spreads to other spineless cowards who surface time-and-time again from their sulfurous dungeons to carry out their horrific acts.
Those who survive the onslaughts become hostages to fear – fear of sending a child to school, attending church, going to a movie theater or a concert, taking a stroll in the park, or spending an evening with friends at a nightclub.
In the last century, there were real and deliberate killers …Al Capone…Lucky Luciano…John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde (aka Blanche and Bill Barrow), Baby Face Nelson, Machine Gun Kelly….they were killers! Even they didn’t go into high schools to kill; elementary schools to kill; churches to kill; or movie theatres to kill. They killed specific people for power and notoriety, as well as greed. At least we understood why.
You would think that after all of the violence over the years, all of the anguish, we would be a more peaceful nation…not a more violent one.
Yes, our politicians will gather this week and again these honest and honorable people, after all they are ALL honorable, will first offer their sympathies to the families of the victims and then they will vow that these “senseless killings” must be stopped. Some will advocate more stringent control laws, while others will counter with that “we should all bear arms”, that the government and Obama want to take our weapons away from us…and the dead will be dead and the living will go on living.
It was Ronald Reagan who said, “We have a long way to go, but thanks to the courage, patience, and strength of our people, America is on the mend.”
Tom Mooradian was one of 151 Americans who traveled to Soviet Armenia to repatriate during the 1940’s. Thought to be a spy by the KGB, Tom miraculously survived 13 years behind the Iron Curtain winning the hearts of the Soviets through his basketball prowess. Filled with political drama, romance, and intrigue, Tom’s autobiography, The Repatriate reads like a novel, and will have you guessing how Tom managed to return to America alive.
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