The Broken

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Guns don’t kill people. Vehicles don’t kill people. Box cutters and knives don’t kill people. Cow manure doesn’t kill people.(cow manure was used in the Oklahoma City bombing)

What we have is a mental and emotional health issue. We’ve got a, “broken people” issue.

And broken people use these things to kill people.

We aren’t safe at the mall, at a concert or sporting event, we aren’t safe riding on a bike path or walking down a sidewalk, our children aren’t safe at school, and we aren’t safe in church.

Yet people with mental health issues or addiction issues are turned away in droves. Our government has cut most of the funding, and if you don’t have good health insurance, there is no virtually no chance to get help.

I hear people say things like, “Get a job like I did and work for it!” And this just breaks my heart, because people who have mental and emotional issues often times don’t have the capacity to get or to hold a descent job.

So we have a, “Survival of the Fittest” thing going on. “I’ve got MINE!”

But what we are finding is that broken people will turn around sometimes and break us.

Maybe we should outlaw everything and anything that could possibly be used as a weapon. Oh, wait… then we would all be naked in a padded room and the fighting would start. Oh, wait… now we would need to tieĀ arms and legs together so that there could be no hitting or kicking.

If I sound a little off tonight it is because I am.

All those victims. All those families. All those friends and neighbors. And every week it seems the numbers just pile up a little higher.

And if you have yet to come to the realization that our government is set up so that we are divided, then I don’t know what to tell you.

The democrats vs. republicans. The left vs. the right. The Catholics vs. the Protestants, the Baptists vs. the Methodists, on and on and on and on…..

And all the while, we are all actually on the same team.

If I had to come up with a name for our team right this moment, it would be,

The Broken.

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