Pain – Orlando, Florida, June 12

There has been a mass shooting in my country. A fellow blogger asked how I feel. I feel…

Blankness…hollowness…sadness…uncertainty…futility…so many other words could be added, but I think you understand how I’ve reacted from the few emotions I listed.

After the actual tragedy what bothers me most is the aftermath. The way the facts become fodder for an almost macabre form of entertainment by the media. I especially dislike the way the situation becomes just another political stepping stone for those pushing an agenda to take away freedom in the name of safety. I listen to countless discussions of the people determined to say the politically correct thing, and feel angered that in the midst of so many talking points they say nothing truthful or helpful in any way. But who am I to judge since I am mostly silent, for I have no solution either, and perhaps that is why those who gloss over the real reason for the atrocities don’t name it for what it really is. I wish I had the answer, but can only point to the words of Jesus in John.

β€œI have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33


My father once asked my great-grandmother (who lived to be 100 years old) if things were better in the world when she was young, and her answer to him was, “No, things were just as bad, you just didn’t hear about them as much.”

7 thoughts on “Pain – Orlando, Florida, June 12

  1. I think I feel great sadness for all of us here in America who accept these mass shootings and do nothing to stop them. My prayers go out to each and every victim, survivor, and their families. My hopes go to someone somewhere who will vote to take these assault weapons off the market. Will that solve everything? No. But, it certainly would be a small step in the right direction.

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    1. I don’t feel we need assault weapons, but I do believe in the second amendment. I don’t know what the answer is. If just one person had a legal permit to carry a gun in that club, there would still have been loss of life, but most likely not as many. I wonder if the time has come when for a season we need armed security guards, or people like air rangers, in every public venue.

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      1. I wonder whether any of our forefathers had any idea that there would be assault weapons that would fall under the second amendment? Will we return to the Dodge City era and everyone be armed and ready to fight it out? You may be right that we have reached a tragic point where we will have metal detectors and armed guards at all public venues. It is such a sad state of affairs that we have come to this point in our country. I pray for peace for all of us.

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