This last night I woke up several times thinking of the events of the last two days. Many events came to mind: those of my family and those of my larger family - my country.
Thursday morning I turned on CNN as I do about every morning and saw that a senator had been killed. I did not yet know what this was about. I decided to wait on that first cup of coffee and see what was going on as I felt in my heart this was worse than I could imagine. Then, I saw it: the unbelievable. Nine people were gunned down in a church while praying. How could that happen? We are a country who thinks groups like Isis are awful.
Nine lives are gone: Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, the Rev. Depayne Middleton-Doctor, the Rev. (State Senator) Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, the Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., the Rev. Sharonda Singleton, and Myra Thompson.These nine people were doing something hundreds of thousands of people do weekly: attend their church to pray. Since I believe in Heaven, I know these good people are in Heaven today.
As I sat in front of the television, I learned more. It was believed these people were killed by a young man. They even had his image while entering the church. He left three witnesses: one a five-year-old child, the child's grandmother who pretended to be dead while protecting her grandchild, and a lady who was told that he was saving her so that she could tell what happened.
I won't go into what happened; that may be found elsewhere. Since investigations are fluid, some of what I am writing now may be found to be incorrect later.
What I do know is that this alleged killer was a hater. He hated black people. Why in the world someone hates a whole group of people because of their race, religion or sexual orientation is beyond me. The other thing that I know is that he shot these people with a gun. He apparently had run-ins with the law on two occasions in 2015. Why did he even have a gun? It is said he bought the gun about April 2015. Why was he able to purchase a gun when he had two charges against him? He was unemployed. How in the earth did he have the money to buy the gun?
Some say this is not the time to talk about gun control. I say if this is not the time, what is? Nine people are dead and all of those nine probably would not be if this alleged killer had gone in with a stick, rocks, or even a knife. It is probable that some may have been able to get out and call the authorities if the alleged hater had one of those type of weapons. A gun allows many people to be killed in a short time with little effort. He did have to reload. I read he reloaded perhaps three or four times. Of course, I don't know that to be true. It was said all the victims were shot multiple times.
Who in their right mind is against background checks for all gun sales? No one. If you are in your right mind, you know that an investigation should be done before someone buys a gun. A gun is to kill...that is its purpose. Of course, criminals will still get them. They will steal them or now they can even make them from a 3D printer. The thing is simple: if everybody out there did not have these guns they couldn't be stolen! Yes, they could make them from a 3D printer, but those are not always reliable. No one needs a clip that holds multiple rounds of ammunition. (This alleged killer did not have a large clip; just several rounds of ammunition.) No one should be able to go into a gun show and just buy a gun. Do you all realize that the two men who have escaped from the prison in New York could alter their looks and go into a gun show and buy weapons in many states? That is crazy and should be illegal, but it is not!
Another troubling thing about these senseless murders is the hatred. This hatred that has gotten worse because we, once again, are led to believe that it is okay to hate a race of people. As a believer in God, I believe all of us were made by him. We are all the same. No one is better than another. The confederate (notice I did not capitalize) flag still flags on the state capitol grounds in South Carolina. The South Carolina and the American flag are at half mast. It is time the flag came down. I am a southerner and know that some say it is a sign of our heritage. It may be a symbol of my heritage, but it is a part of my heritage that I find shameful. The southerners were traitors: pure and simple. Not all that fought on the southern side were; many were drafted. (Not going to get into the Civil War either. I suggest you read about it.)
Pray for the people who lost their lives this week; pray for their families and friends; pray that we can find a way to live together in harmony; pray that something good can come out of this and that common sense will prevail.