What happened to peace and love in America?
When a White man murders 58 people, and injures another 527 in America, he is not considered a terrorist. Maybe a terrorist must have a different skin color, or maybe an Islamic name, but he surely cannot be white with a European name.
As the investigation continues, people are wondering, how this could happen in the land of the free? But, there are over 300 million guns owned by Americans. When a citizen can own 47 guns, and no one asks any questions as to why he needed so many guns, something is wrong. All over America, there are organizations and individuals that own an arsenal of fire power, and no one is asking questions. As long as Americans can have their money, guns, a Bible, their second amendment rights, and the National Rifle Association (NRA), things are good.
It really does not matter if there is a mass shooting every day in America because this is considered normal, and no one is supposed to say anything. It has already been established that the shooter, Stephen Paddock. had a “history of psychological problems.” As more adult Americans buy guns, soon our children will also own guns, and settle disputes by who has the biggest gun. In certain inner city schools, the metal detectors are not able to detach all the guns coming into schools, and someone is shot everyday around the country.
If a gun is not brought into the school, it can be hidden near the school and accessible to the student once they are dismissed. In 2017, gun violence and gun purchases are associated with mental sickness, and millions of Americans don’t feel fully dressed without their guns.
This sickness is manifested in the mass marketing of guns. Everywhere you look on the internet, guns are being sold, and very few questions are asked about the age and mental competency of the buyer.
Even though he was in Las Vegas and there was really no enemy, he was preparing to end the lives of many Americans, and his own life, but again, he’s not considered a terrorist. So the FBI and other police organizations will spend the next months looking for a motive, but insanity can be difficult to understand.
The same Americans who tell us that our founding fathers give us the right to bear arms are also psychologically unstable, and at any time can snap and commit mass murders.
As mental health issues impact millions of Americans, people are hurting, and they have no place to discuss their problems. Mental health storms are raging in every corner of every community, and many are traveling on the road to hate.
It is easy to blame Muslims and so-called terrorists, but very few Americans are really observing their crazy neighbor, Joe, who hates everything and everyone. Crazy Joe gets drunk the entire weekend, and goes out shooting his 10 guns at the gun range.
Peace and love are two powerful words that are not discussed in America because our leaders are fixated on war. Americans are hurting, and the path to hate will never produce love and peace.
America is consumed with too much violence, and the need to buy more guns. Many of us live in fear. What happened to love and peace in 2017?
As communities across the nation grapple with an inflammatory racial and political climate, there is an increased need for spaces where people can find common ground through shared experiences and open dialogue. That’s a main driver behind The Miami Foundation’s My Miami Story conversations, an effort to get thousands of MiamiDade County residents to sit down with each other on Tuesday, October 17, over a meal, snack or coffee, and share their personal stories about life in the county. By understanding how we each came to this community, why we stay here, what we value about it and how we can make it better, we uncover the common narrative about what matters to us as Miamians and connect around solutions that enhance life in Greater Miami.
Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of The Miami Foundation, indicated that My Miami Story conversations are about discovering how our connections to this community actually unite us as residents within it. It’s an important step to increasing our understanding of each other and helping every Miamian take ownership of improving quality of life here.
Now in its second year, My Miami Story is a community engagement initiative driven by The Miami Foundation with additional support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In 2016, close to 2,000 Miamians participated in the inaugural My Miami Story conversations. More than 160 residents and organizations signed up to host 6 to 12 people in homes, restaurants, classrooms, offices and outside in neighborhood parks. Discussions ranged from local transit to housing affordability, the need for more equity across Miami-Dade and other issues in the 2016 Our Miami Report. A post-survey distributed to participants found that more than half spoke with people they didn’t already know and many of them exchanged contact information. About a quarter made specific plans to work with each other on civic efforts. Participants also found the discussions clarifying with a majority saying they better understood community issues