Fear Has No Place In Our Schools ( Free)

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the deadly school shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.  On this fateful day,  13 victims, both students and teachers, lost their lives when two gunmen, who were also students, entered the cafeteria and began firing. Their victims were chosen by a “hitlist” found later after the shooting. Both gunmen, also students,  were found dead later on the scene of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. As the nation watched the aftermath of the horrific event on live television, it appeared we were also watching the demise of the safety of our children.

This  single incident would set a precedence in what would be the first of many deadly mass school shootings. Since the Columbine shooting, more than 300,000 students have experienced gun violence at school, with this number rapidly growing with each passing day. On average, there is a school shooting at least once a week now and the word “lock down” has become an all-too familiar term.

How is it that we have allowed the safety of our children to no longer become a priority? Why is this NOT the important issue out there? If it is a funding problem, then why can’t it be fixed by prioritizing? Is it not really not that important of an issue anymore?  As Americans, it seems we have lost our shock value when it comes to gun violence, so we just seem to accept it as now just a way of life. How can this be???

There should be an adequate number of resource officer(s) stationed at our schools, based on student enrollment. There should be metal detectors at each entrance, along with cameras, with the doors locking after entry. All windows should also be locked as well, with no doors opening from the outside to gain entry. If a student is red flagged for suspicious behavior, then that threat should be removed from that school.

You may never be able to stop gun violence in schools, but you can sure prevent them by following a specific protocol. One that should be strictly enforced all day, every day. You can never let your guard slip when it comes to the safety of our children. It is OUR job to protect them in every way possible! You may not be able to protect them from everything, but a parent should never have to worry about wondering when their child leaves in the morning, if that’s the last time they will ever see them.

It never ceases to amaze me how things have changed since I was in school 40 years ago. Back then, there were no threats, other than those of a paddling or suspension if you chose to misbehave during school hours. And then the real threat looming was having your parents called to school, because you knew that the punishment you were getting when you got home was going to be far worse.

I remember kids proudly sporting gun racks with loaded rifles in the back glass of their truck. Most boys carried knives then too, but they weren’t used in a threatening manner. Back then, if you had a problem with a fellow student, you waited until after school and you would duke it out on the playground or somewhere close by. Students weren’t suspended then for retaliating if someone chose to take a swing at them, it was considered self-defense and the student who instigated it got in trouble.  Those were the days when your school was your fortress and you never in a million years dreamed that your “safe place” would be under attack.

Folks, this school violence things is a HUGE pet peeve of mine and I’m sure I don’t stand alone on this one. Our law enforcement have enough things to deal with than having to monitor our schools on a daily basis, we NEED MORE!!! So, my suggestion here is to use every resource you have to make your voice heard! Contact your local representatives and voice your concerns because that’s what they are there for.  But gun violence, or any other kind of violence for that matter, in our schools should never be a factor.

Since Columbine, there have 85 school shootings. Of these 85 shootings, there have been 223 killed, this number including students, teachers and staff.  ENOUGH.

Churches Under Fire…(free content)

As the heartbreaking footage of the Notre Dame Cathedral engulfed in flames flooded the social media waves, I think we were all in shock. Whether you’ve traveled to Paris in person to see this beautiful, historical building or not, it just kinda hit you right in the gut. How could this be happening? WHY are our churches under fire??Image result for cathedral of notre dame fire

I was raised in a little ole community with a little ole country church that was within walking distance and it was the focal point of our existence. Almost every community event that was held took place in this church. Reunions, baby showers, singings, revival, bible school, etc. A lot of good times took place behind these doors. It was all about love, laughter and fellowship. It was the center of our world and I have priceless memories because of it. Picture of

The doors of the church were always open during any service. As a matter of fact, before we had air conditioning, the doors stood wide open during the summer months so that we might catch a breeze. Never in a million years would we ever have had to worry about some maniac trying to make any kind of trouble. It was sacred ground and there seemed to be a silent respect there from even those who dared to even visit the thought of any wrongdoing. You just didn’t do that. Period. And there was never even consideration to bring a fire arm into the sanctuary, because it wasn’t needed. You were safe there. Nothing could touch you when you were in the House of God. 

A large part of my life took place in that church. I walked down to the altar at the age of 11 and gave my heart to God. I was married there, took my children there, watched many of my family members marry there, and even said good-bye to some of my loved ones there too. Even now, as I only seem to attend on special days/holidays, it still seems like I’m visiting an old friend and I smile to myself when I see its comforting presence come into view. 

This is just my story, and I know there are many others who feel the very same way about their church too. yet, every day we hear more and more horror stories about shootings, robberies and acts of arson that take place at our place of worship as evil just seems to overtake the world with these violent acts.

How did we even get here anyway? Some people just say its a sign of the times, but I don’t think that’s it. I think that it’s a sign that we stopped teaching our youth about respect and accountability.  Our elders would have tanned our backside if we even tried to talk or laugh during a service. I remember many times when my mother would “pinch a plug” out of me for acting up in church, or even worse, when she would take me outside and make me break my own switch and then stripe my legs with it until the blood would  flow. Back then, this wasn’t considered an act of child abuse, it was simply teaching your child discipline. But now, a method like that would most likely end up with charges brought forth or even a visit from DHR. It’s one of the many things that has changed society as we know it. 

So, now here we are, with violent acts an every day occurrence, and we don’t even have a safe place anymore.  How do we co-exist in a world full of evil anymore? Now, as a bill is currently being introduced for church goers to arm themselves, a lot of churches in Clay County already are. At one time, this would have been  considered scandalous, but now it is just a part of life. A sad part of life at that…Image result for churches under fire

The world that existed for me over forty years ago doesn’t exist anymore and that makes me very sad. I’m glad that I was raised in an era where respect was taught to children and the Bible was our guiding light. I’m just sorry that my grandchildren will never know the kind of safety that I once felt in my heart when I entered the doors of HIS House.  Please pray for churches and their congregations….

Ephesians 2:19-22

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.