Living with risk, fear and anger is something common these days with terrorist shootings,work place, school and public massacres occurring regularly across America.
The media headlines and talking heads blame not enough gun legislation, too much gun legislation, lax immigration laws or enforcement, radical and extremist religion, mental health issues and pure evil for the devastation that has brought down such darkness to our country.
The problem in stopping these events is first figuring out and understanding the source of the problem which is unique to each situation.The conversation and debate over what can be done to stop or avoid such carnage is ongoing, rising and heating up each time new killings occur. Ideas and criticism are both discussed and screamed back and forth. With no consensus or unification of the peaceful, how are we to stand together against evil?
These murders occur for reasons the killer or killers justify in their own minds. Accordingly, why not aim toward prevention and stopping these heinous events by getting to the spark that literally ignites the firestorm?
The more I learn of the motivations of these murderers the more I don't understand. Unreasonable people cannot be reasoned with.
Would it not be more beneficial to seek and go after the source of the self-justification first?
If extremists take up guns to murder to further their cause, would the answer also be to end the threat through squashing the terrorists, or whatever fuels their fire, or the guns used by the terrorists? Or by taking guns from peaceful law-abiding citizens, would doing so only give the radical killers that advantage, leaving us weaker and even more vulnerable?
If a person's undiagnosed or untreated mental health issues result in them shooting a reporter, movie goers, school children, or other innocents, would it now serve society best to either treat the mental illness, or to screen, scrutinize or even halt gun purchases to the mentally ill?
What happens when the self-justified killers can't get hold of guns? Will they stop there or will they choose other means to cause death?
We have seen this occur here in our own state when Timothy McVeigh used common agricultural fertilizer to make a bomb to kill in the Oklahoma City bombing taking the lives of 168 people and injuring 680 others.
Boxcutters, alone in evil hands, were used to bring down a plane during 9-11.
I have spoken many times to law enforcement officers and leaders regarding their thoughts on gun control and most I have encountered are against it, saying guns are already in the hands of those who don't follow the law. There are just as many arguments against banning weapons, as there are for restrictions and bans.
For gun control proponents who believe that taking guns alone will stop these terrible events, that too has proven ineffective.
So what is the answer to incomprehensibly violent acts done for inconceivable reasoning?
As we struggle to find solutions and answers to these questions more die unjustifiable deaths at the hands of these killers.
Even praying for the situation has been criticized after the San Bernadino murders leaving many shaking their heads or throwing up their hands in frustration and hurt, and others like myself to pray even more fervently.
Until we have answers what are we to do? These times are trying at best and we live in unrest without peace. For me in the meanwhile I will do my best to be courageous, stand firm, be on guard, be strong, and have faith.
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away," (Rev. 21:4).
Melinda Stotts is the associate editor of the Miami News-Record. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.