Saturday, December 15, 2012

Personal Thoughts of the Connecticut Shootings

Not too sure where to put the following but feel the need to share.

First, the families that lost loved ones in Connecticut need our prayers and the comfort that comes only from God!!

With the news of the school shootings in Connecticut yesterday, Betty and I have been following the news as I am sure we all are doing.  Very sad and very upsetting!  The questions - Why? and  How could? such a thing happen!! are pressing hard upon our hearts.

There is, I am sure no easy answer to these questions however, to me, there seems to be a common denominator across most, if not all, these tragedies. 

The military uses a type of video game to help train soldiers for combat.  The desired affect of these "games" is to de-humanize the enemy so that the soldier is better prepared to carry out his or her mission.

We also know that similar "games" have saturated our culture today.  This is particularly true of the younger half of our population.  It is also known, I believe, that these games can be quite addicting.

Again the answers as to Why? and How? these shootings are taking place is complex!  However, I cannot help but suspect that the violent video games saturating our country are having the same affect on the youth of our country as they have in the valid training of our soldiers.

It seems to me that, in carrying out these shooting, the shooter is, in short, carrying out in his/her mind a "Mission" similar those they have carried out hundreds or maybe thousands of times playing these "games" over and over again.  The additive nature of the games themselves suggest that for some, maybe just a few, the need to move the violence of these games into the real world is a natural progression.

My thoughts aside, what the parents, grandparents and relatives of the children killed as well as the husbands, wives, children and loved ones of the adults killed yesterday need most is our prayers! 


Have a blessed Day. Betty Maloney
Longing For Home Bed and Breakfast
"A State of Mind, A Place of Grace, A Way of Life*"
* Taken from the book, How to be a Better Southerner by Carolyn Kent.

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