2017 Texas Church Shooting: Presence of Mind?

There are no words that can express the sorrow and despair I feel for those in that small town in Texas and this country as a whole.  Between Charlottesville riots (not a shooting, but still), Las Vegas, the New York terrorist truck ramming attack, and now this, you can’t help but look this country and see evil in it.

I watched one of the many new reports the day after, this one was GMA and the anchor was interviewing one of the guys that chased down the shooter and had plans to take him out if they could.  They grabbed their guns, their truck, and their hats and went after them.  Apparently, however, someone else – an NRA sharp-shooter, God bless him – had already shot him and all these guys did was watch as the shooter swerved off the road and die.  Regardless, their intent was heroic and I am proud to call them true Americans.  These two young men, probably no younger than the shooter himself, looked relatively normal aside from an over-abundance of tattoos.

The anchor then to proceeded to ask the most asinine question I have heard in relation to these shootings.  It went something like – “How did you have the presence of mind to do what you did?”  I responded with a very loud “oh my gosh, you have got to be kidding me!”  Presence of mind?  To fight evil?  I would like to think this presence of mind is in all of us to see evil and do something about it.  You can’t get much more American than that. It should be intrinsic in all of us to be able to see evil for what it is, pick up a weapons and fight it. This is why we have a Second Amendment.  These guys obviously knew it.

But of course, there are people that “Do not want to live in a world like that.  One where everyone has a gun.  We don’t want to return to the Old West”   The Old West was nothing compared today.  They just want to live a veiled life with the Starbucks, armed with an iPhone X, and getting around like sheep. Some one once said there was 3 types of people in this world – sheep, wolves and sheep dogs.  If we all could just tap a little bit of that sheep dog, things would be a lot different.

I should not be surprised.  This only points to another deeper problem within this country.  We don’t recognize evil for what it is and worse yet, we no longer have the resolve to fight it.  Bravery, resilience and righteousness have been forgotten in place of “tolerance”, diversity, and lethargy.  It seems, only Texas had the resolve to stop this guy from killing more children and families.  Being American is a lost skill.  I guess I should not be surprised about that either, with so many people being ashamed of being American these days!

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