This post as promised still coming, later.
I interrupt my scheduled blog post for this very important message knowing many of us are still reeling from the tragic massacre in Parkland, Florida.
"I have heard what the talkers were talking.
the talk of the beginning and the end.
But I do not talk of the beginning or the end."
TALK, is not enough.
Action is required.
Otherwise, this brutal shooting, like the ones before this
resulting in the loss of vital lives
all abruptly cut short
will again fall across the chapters
of unsolved answers and more senseless acts will occur.
Unless we resolve to make important decisions
to change our past bitter course.
Today let's talk about life,
and escape from a world stuck in a globe of denial.
Where again today, like after every brutal shooting and loss of lives
our officials say, now's not the time.
NOW is the time.
Don't follow the herd.
This is such an uncanny realization I'm sure someone has already mentioned this before, I just haven't been able to google the result of it yet.
My idea begins through an example many of us can relate to.
Here in Minnesota those who drink and drive and those accomplices
are held accountable.
The bars or other public or private establishments,
as well as those persons, servers, bartenders or other employees are also held responsible for vehicular crimes.
Why then aren't gun dealers, as well as establishments, gun shows or private persons responsible for the shooter carrying out their brutal crime be prosecuted as well?
Like those selling and serving alcoholic beverages are faced with rules and regulations, and punishments so should any person or business selling guns and ammunition be held to strict rules, regulations and punishments.
It's all fun and games until, it's not.
...and most of us are. But we weren't always. There was a day that it wasn't unusual for folks to drive while consuming alcohol beverages, until they passed laws to end it.
Imagine a group of friends and family enjoying a five course meal and a glorious evening of entertainment while solving a murder mystery over dinner, and it goes without saying alcoholic beverages. Why not?
Well, if your evening includes a sleepover at a Bed and Breakfast and no worries about driving home, alcohol shouldn't result in bad choices or fatal results. But if the murder mystery was solved at an establishment serving the public this changes things immensely.
In Minnesota if a person becomes intoxicated or consumes alcohol beverages putting them over the legal limit and especially if they are involved in a fatal death or deaths resulting from their driving, the consequences are extremely worse, and includes all those involved besides the driver.
Even the bartender.
Then what occurs after a brutal shooting, even if that shooter doesn't survive, shouldn't it be equally important that those responsible also being prosecuted?
In short what you can say to your own public officials is this
We need laws that apply not just to the criminal, but also the establishment, weapons show, etc. employee or persons selling said weapon or weapons
and hold them just as accountable, curbing more deaths from occurring.
Banning guns isn't the complete answer, if a person
desires any weapon of choice they will locate it.
Spirit of Justice
Majesty of Justice
"Human progress is neither automatic or inevitable
Every step toward the goal of justice
requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle;
the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals."
Martin Luther King Jr.
Let's remain focused on outcomes not obstacles
that keep us from successful outcomes.
Imagine how simple it would be
to stop more deaths
by prosecuting those individuals
that send weapon buyers intent on killing into the world.
Being subject to prison time
and/or substantially high fines
has to promote more thought
before they conclude a weapons sale.