Must work together to solve gun violence

     It has happened again, another school shooting. This time the shooter was a 16-year old boy who then shot himself and later died. What is it going to take to get our elected officials to wake up and look at what is happening in America? The greatest country the world has ever known is going to hell in a handbasket and all they can do is point fingers and blame the other party.

    We have got to work together and find a common-sense solution to all of this violence and make the solution one that doesn’t infringe on anyone’s constitutional rights.
    Banning guns is not the answer but we need to do everything possible to make sure that everyone who has a gun has the mental capacity to have the gun. I am not smart enough to know if this would even be possible, but I am smart enough to know that if someone wants to kill someone or injure someone else if they don’t have a gun, they will use something else. I am also smart enough to know that pointing fingers and calling other people vile names will never solve anything.
    The answer to the multitude of problems facing our nation will never come from Washington, D.C. or Jefferson City, but from God. For years we have been pushing God further and further toward the back burner and now we have pushed him completely over behind the stove. But look at how much better off we are with God out of the picture. We have people being murdered by the thousands. We have totally innocent and helpless babies being murdered by abortions. We have more and more states legalizing the use of marijuana in some form. All of this makes pushing God out of the picture seen worthwhile doesn’t it?
    We are going into the Christmas season and more and more employees are being told to stop wishing people “Merry Christmas” but to say, “Happy Holidays.”
    When we take Christ out of Christmas we will just celebrate “mas.” Doesn’t that sound exciting? I am so sick and tired of the worn out phrase “separation of church and state.” I attended first grade at Wesco and graduated in 1952. During my grade school years, we had a pastor come around on a regular basis and we would have Bible study right there in the classroom. We now have a reunion every year of the Wesco, Cook Station and Carr schools.
    I have yet to meet anyone who suffered an emotional scarring from this horiffic event but instead I meet people who would give you the shirt off their back and people who love their family, their country and their God. Students then also respected their teacher and we never had any school shooting. All in all, they are some of the finest people you could ever hope to meet. If anyone disagrees with anyone that is ok, I still love you and I won’t point my finger at you or call you any vile names. I close by saying I love that old saying that says, “Politicians and diapers have one thing in common. The both need to be changed regularly and for the same reason.”
Ray Plank

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