Monday, July 20, 2015

Our Senslessly Sensless Society


I've been at a writers conference for the past few days, and have been off-line for most of the time I was attending.

Last week, before heading out to do a quick workout before commuting to the conference, I caught the initial headline about the shooting in Chattanooga, TN, similar to this one, on Yahoo News.

I was hoping this weekend would consist of slow news days, so as not to "interfere" with my pre-loaded posts.

As of yesterday, even the banners on Fox News asked something like:  What was the motive of the Chattanooga shooter?

Seriously?

I try not to stereotype people, but when it comes to terrorism, any variation to the name Mohammed says it all:

The motivation is jihad.

I had a difficult time focusing, not to mention enjoying, portions of the writers conference.  During the panel discussion on writing historical novels, a couple of the panelists got choked-up over discussing the tragedies that overcame people who're now long gone, while nothing was said whatsoever of our recent fallen heroes.

I agree with Mark Steyn's Senslessness and Sensibility commentary: 

A Chinese-made teddy bear from Wal-Mart is not an appropriate reaction. Righteous anger is.

Which reminds me of the quote I've memorized from Beowulf:

It is better to avenge the deaths of near and dear ones, than to indulge in mourning.

And speaking if indulgences, The Diplomad rolls-in and gives leftists credit for the Chattanooga murders.

2 comments:

  1. Unfortunately, most Americans have not woken up to the fact that the war has been brought here, to our hometowns. Incidents involving the murder of innocent people have become all too common, sometimes on a grand scale such as the Boston Marathon, other times isolated incidents. Concealed Carry permit holders know what’s happening and don’t plan to stand idly by. Their numbers continue to grow and we are beginning to see armed citizens making a difference at some of these nightmarish scenarios.

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    1. Thanks for commenting Greg! Yes, one of the many under-reported stories is the increase in gun sales and concealed weapons permits.

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