Friday, January 18, 2008

COLD BLOOD in cold hearts

Heart Way Friday
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The story is the same. It doesn't matter if it is Indianapolis IN, or Washington DC, or Los Angeles CA. Innocent people are being murdered - men, women, children. The devil is on the lose. Some of these possessions are through drugs and alcohol - some are in psychological problems. The result is the same.

uesday in Indianapolis, the news was all about 2 young mothers and two baby children - shot to death by a then unknown shooter. The Indianapolis Star newspaper quotes the local sheriff as saying, "We’re not going to stop until we find you and put you in a cage where you belong. There’s a special place in hell for you, and we’re going to see that you get there.” The murders have touched the hearts of the city. Tips are coming in from unexpected sources. The combined efforts fo several law enforcement agencies are working to find the killer(s).

The mother of the boyfriend of one of the young mothers says, “They’re cruel. That’s the devil in somebody. How could you just shoot a 4-month-old baby and a (22)-month-old baby like that? They were good people. How could they do that?”
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Where is our heart? Where is our soul? Where is our conscience?

A local pastor commented "I doubt we can ever transform society enough to recognize every person who is descending into mental illness, paranoia, or who is hearing voices, or has a huge chip on his shoulder, or is a sociopath, and get them help or get them to cooperate with help once their need is recognized. And we have few mechanisms for locking dangerous people away or forcing them into treatment before they have actually done anything threatening others. "

Are you ever afraid in the city or neighborhood you live in? ...or work in? ...or go to school in? ...or go to church in? ...or shop in?

What can society do to stop this senseless violence?
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Miss Emily said...

Well, that's why I like to teach in lower income areas and around kids who come from relaly bad home situations. Maybe I can do something for them that will let them know they aren't alone. Too many kids who are labeled the troublemakers grow up expecting people to hate them, then they're the ones who end up really getting into trouble. My rule of thumb is, love them and be kind, have high standards, you should be prepared for the best, the worst, everything in between, and know how to duck and restrain people. No joke. Works for me.

Adrienne said...

Now why should I feel unsafe!! We have all the schools in lock down in the Spokane Valley due to a gunman and they just caught a guy running around shooting up the parking lot of a mega-church not 1/4 mile from us. We were unable to leave our home due to the roads being blocked.
All this in our little town.

uncle jim said...

em - help build a strong foundation at the front end, and maybe you'll divert someone from becoming a monster at the other end.

adrienne - almost surreal ... in the mountains of northern Idaho, no less. as I say, where is our heart gone. and look back a couple of weeks ago and there were those shootings IN a church somewhere - and the perp was stopped by an armed guard in the church.