December 9, 2007

Stop the Insanity!

Von Maur
Omaha, Nebraska
December 5, 2007
8 lives lost (1 from Lincoln; 1 the cousin of a good friend)
I've shopped at this mall many, many times, as have several of my good friends.
I work in a mall with a Von Maur across the way.
There are simply no words to express my anger and sadness.

Two more shootings

Youth With a Mission
Avarada, Colorado
2 lives lost, 2 injured
December 9, 2007

New Life Church
Colorado Springs, Colorado
4 shot
December 9, 2007

What is wrong with this country???


  1. Oh, Les...

    It is such a fallen world I can hardly stand it sometimes.

  2. It's all pretty crazy. I was at work when the mall shootings happened and I remember sort of seeing something on the news, but it was hours afterwards before I heard what happened. Many people want it to just be their country, or even just the US, but it is everywhere. This comes on the day when Pickerton was charged with six charges of second degree murder. He is Canada's more recent serial killer, and when I heard the news all I could think was 'why only second degree...' It's a crazy world.

  3. Anonymous5:45 AM

    Unfortunately, that question will probably never get answered. It is just so sad.

  4. Anonymous10:34 AM

    I have been stressed by all the killings lately. The young man at the Mall was just so deeply troubled. I pray your community can recover.


  5. One word, Les, Gun control. I can't help but think with gun control these killings (and many others) may have been prevented. Our country has truly gone out of control when people think a gun can solve problems. Why are we allowing assault rifles to be sold in this country? I am truly stunned by these murders.

  6. It's hard to think about, isn't it? No easy solutions. Taking forever to get back to normal around here (if things can ever be normal again).

  7. This will be a long comment, and I know I've sent you this before, Les, but I don't think there are better words.

    If It Were Up to Me
    Words and Lyrics by:
    Cheryl Wheeler

    Maybe it's the movies, maybe it's the books
    Maybe it's the bullets, maybe it's the real crooks
    Maybe it's the drugs, maybe it's the parents
    Maybe it's the colors everybody's wearin
    Maybe it's the President, maybe it's the last one
    Maybe it's the one before that, what he done
    Maybe it's the high schools, maybe it's the teachers
    Maybe it's the tattooed children in the bleachers
    Maybe it's the Bible, maybe it's the lack
    Maybe it's the music, maybe it's the crack
    Maybe it's the hairdos, maybe it's the TV
    Maybe it's the cigarettes, maybe it's the family
    Maybe it's the fast food, maybe it's the news
    Maybe it's divorce, maybe it's abuse
    Maybe it's the lawyers, maybe it's the prisons
    Maybe it's the Senators, maybe it's the system
    Maybe it's the fathers, maybe it's the sons
    Maybe it's the sisters, maybe it's the moms
    Maybe it's the radio, maybe it's road rage
    Maybe El Nino, or UV rays
    Maybe it's the army, maybe it's the liquor
    Maybe it's the papers, maybe the militia
    Maybe it's the athletes, maybe it's the ads
    Maybe it's the sports fans, maybe it's a fad
    Maybe it's the magazines, maybe it's the internet
    Maybe it's the lottery, maybe it's the immigrants
    Maybe it's taxes, big business
    Maybe it's the KKK and the skinheads
    Maybe it's the communists, maybe it's the Catholics
    Maybe it's the hippies, maybe it's the addicts
    Maybe it's the art, maybe it's the sex
    Maybe it's the homeless, maybe it's the banks
    Maybe it's the clearcut, maybe it's the ozone
    Maybe it's the chemicals, maybe it's the car phones
    Maybe it's the fertilizer, maybe it's the nose rings
    Maybe it's the end, but I know one thing.
    If it were up to me, I'd take away the guns.

    (P) October 1, 1997

  8. *hugs* It isn't just this country; it's the whole world. And it's scary. I can't help thinking that by the time I'm 80 this world will be a very, very different place than it is now---and I don't like where it seems to be going.

  9. Bellezza - Me either.

    Kailana - I guess I've been under a rock, as I didn't know anything about Pickerton. As far as "why only second degree" all I can say is I don't understand the justice system - in any country.

    Stephanie - Yes, it is.

    Gayla - I feel for all those who have lost someone in these senseless acts of violence. What kind of a Christmas can they possibly have?

    Maudeen - I couldn't agree more (about the assault weapons). Why in the world would any civilian need an AK47???

    Kookiejar - Can you send me your blog address? I seem to have lost it from my "favorites" list and have tried to locate it via your profile, but it's blocked. You can send it to me via email if you wish.

    Nan - Thank you for sharing this again. I agree.

    Heather - It is scary. I wish there were some solution, but it doesn't seem likely, does it?

  10. Such an absolutely horrible, unnecessary tragedy. I was so sorry to hear about this happening and was even more shocked that it happened in my home state.

  11. Carl - I know what you mean about it happening in Nebraska. And to think we moved from San Diego to get away from all the madness. Sigh.


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