Why I Am Sad Today

Today there was a shooting at a video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida. I hate guns and what they do. May those who lost their lives find eternal rest in their creator. To those who were injured may they find physical and emotional healing.

A place I once called my spiritual home is transitioning and changing and I am sad about what is happening because of the people impacted. It means going backwards in theology and philosophy.

America is in turmoil and being led by some really bad people. I am truly saddened about that. We need a change and fast.

5 thoughts on “Why I Am Sad Today

  1. It makes me think of the song “Saturday Night Special” by Lynyrd Skynyrd (who were, of course, from Jacksonville). While the title refers to a specific type of handgun, the song itself is about original lead singer Ronnie Van Zant’s attitude towards guns in general. I would arguably call it more political in nature than “Sweet Home Alabama” (which, as an answer song to Neil Young’s “Southern Man”, also touched upon such notable things as Governor George Wallace and Watergate). Anyway, here’s the verse that sums up Van Zant’s attitude towards guns.

    “Hand guns are made for killin’
    They ain’t no good for nothin’ else
    And if you like to drink your whiskey
    You might even shoot yourself
    So why don’t we dump ’em people
    To the bottom of the sea
    Before some ol’ fool come around here
    Wanna shoot either you or me”

    It saddens me to learn that such a thing happened so close to me (I live a couple hours south from Jacksonville, so not right at my front door, but it feels pretty close), and during something that so many people (myself included) take joy in: gaming. (I’m not a Madden player specifically, but I do enjoy playing video games, primarily Assassin’s Creed and Nintendo games in general, usually Super Mario and Tetris. I’m old school.) I’m heartbroken over the two dead victims and I hope all the injured ones make a full recovery. And I hope those who were there who suffered psychological trauma are able to do deal with it safely and with the support of their loved ones.


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