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Can we climb out of this evil abyss?

December 22, 2012 12:10 am


Wooden angels are part of a memorial to victims in Newtown, Conn.

THE REST of the world must view us as a nation of monsters.

You know what? They may well be right!

Americans seem to kill just for sport.

Remember that line in the Johnny Cash song "Folsom Prison Blues" that says, "I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die."

That's us, brother! Kill, kill, kill!

We scream about the foreign terrorists that rammed planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and then last week a 20-year-old kid shoots his mother in the head, walks into a Connecticut school and slays six adults and 20 innocent children that he did not even know.

We don't need foreign enemies; we just kill ourselves.

If the Connecticut shooting were an isolated case, we could maybe rationalize it by saying that some madman just went berserk.

But that is not the case. In the past six years, crazed Americans have shot up colleges, churches, malls, a movie theater, a political gathering and now an elementary school. What in the name of heaven is going on?

Almost every night there is a drive-by shooting in Washington and probably every other large city in this country.

We have soldiers that are charged with killing women and children in Afghanistan and torturing prisoners in Iraq. There is a soon-to-be-released congressional report on CIA-sanctioned torture tactics.

Almost daily there is a news story about some police officer accused of brutalizing someone. Within the past month, a policeman in Jacksonville has been accused of volunteering to kill the president while another "officer" in New York is alleged to have discussed killing women and then cooking and eating them.

A decade ago, the D.C. sniper and his partner were on the loose, randomly killing people just for fun.

What kind of country are we living in?

In 2010, there were nearly 15,000 murders in the United States. That's more dead Americans than from the 2001 terrorist attacks and the Afghanistan and Iraqi wars combined.

We're supposed to be the most civilized nation in the world, yet we kill each other--our own people, our neighbors--at an astonishing rate.

Even little kids!

How does someone walk into a school and methodically shoot 20 innocent children?

Of course, some are going to say that the shooter was sick. In fact, if the gunman had lived, he probably would have copped an insanity plea.

I don't know about anyone else, but I'm sick and tired of hearing that these guys are sick--and that goes for the military and the police, too. People who shoot up movie theaters, colleges, malls, churches, political rallies and elementary schools are evil.

Law enforcement officers who want to kill and eat people and soldiers who go out in the middle of the night and murder women and children are evil.

How did we fall into this evil abyss?

There is no one answer, but the breakdown of morals and the family has had a lot to do with it.

And there is the fact that we have a legal system that prevents parents from making their children mind.

These senseless killings have almost become a game. How many people can I kill in order to become infamous and get the media's attention?

How do we defend ourselves? Increase security? What are we going to do, post the National Guard in front of every door of every school, church and mall in the United States?

If we outlaw guns, these purveyors of evil will just steal them or devise other means of mass destruction.

Governments may tighten gun laws, but they can't legislate an end to evil.

America seems intent on telling the world to live as we do. But we're not a good example to follow these days.

Before we go trying to straighten out the rest of the world, we'd better start straightening ourselves out.

As we enter this season of peace, we might be well served to pray for divine intervention to help overcome the evil that now grips our country.

Mass murdering your own people--especially children--is nothing less than barbaric. And these days we seem to perform that evil ritual on too regular a basis.

Donnie Johnston:

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