Not even a week has passed since the tragic shooting in Las Vegas and the political pundits are at it full throttle. Both sides are now clamoring for all the attention they can muster from a panicked society. Each side literally screaming for attention. Once again, America suffers. Once again, people are crying for justice. And, once again, the answers seem illusive. Gun Control! Drop the Second Amendment! Disarm the entire society! Divide the nation, put the people at odds with each other, foster more chaos. All this rhetoric fans the fires of discontent and only makes the problem(s) worse. Statistically, Vegas is just another mass killing event. Chicago wounds nearly 400 per month and kills almost 60 per month, every month. Month after month, year after year. And, as you well know NOTHING is done to stop the slaughter. This, sadly, is America. If you want to improve our society, stop the killing. For example, Chicago should of been put under Marshall Law and the military put into the streets a long time ago. That hasn't happened. No amount of gun laws or stiff sentences will slow the demise of this once great city until you stop, and I mean, STOP the killing. I am not saying I have all the answers, clearly I do not, but, if you do nothing the situation continues. And, clearly, very clearly, the situation still continues. Today, every concert, football game, baseball game, basketball game, church, bar, mall, you name the soft target is just that, a target. Every major city across the United States today is on high alert. Police officers are working overtime to protect the public at large. Unfortunately, there are too few of them. We are rapidly approaching what was predicted in 1984, a police state. Government is being threatened with loss of control. I stated last year after the Dallas attack on police officers: "When any society starts attacking their own police that society is doomed." Can we take a step back? Can we recover what has been taken from us? Post 9/11, is this the new normal? Does the populace really understand what is happening? One thing is certain, those people killed and wounded, they and their families, today, understand. They are now suffering from a society which by all normal standards is out of control. And, it is not just here in the U.S., remember, last month a concert in England was attacked. Today, in downtown London, another terrorist attack with a vehicle. Eventually, and probably not in the too distant future, an event will occur, a "game changing" event, and the players will change the rules. All the rules. For all you millennials who might be reading this please keep in mind that you turned in your "selective service" cards when you turned 18. If you don't think you can't wake up to the "draft," think again. No society, even a free one as we enjoy here in the West, can sustain continual losses and do nothing. Not only is it unrealistic, it is also not possible. Our society needs to exercise vigilance if it is going to survive. The days of passivity are over, gone. Our sheepdogs need to be let off the leash and turned into wolves. It is time to protect what is left of our society. Whether our government understands this fully remains to be seen. But, sooner rather that later, I pray that they understand the full gravity of today's situation. That's the way I see it, today, October 10th, 2017.
It is with great sadness and sorrow that I write today. Another domestic terror attack occurred last night in Las Vegas, Nevada. The death toll and wounded numbers have not been tallied yet, but, so far, this appears to be the worst attack in United States history. The decades of cultural decay, the continued divisiveness of American politics, the mass media coverage encouraging nut jobs to act out, and the breakdown of the family and moral values, which used to be the foundation of America, has led our country to this day. And, a very sad day it is. The citizens of the United States are at a crossroad. Either they grab the bull by the horns and master this calamity or sit back and watch America, the United States, continue its disintegration. There are many countries in the world where the population is heavily armed, but those societies do not turn on themselves as we do here in the U.S. Sweden, Switzerland, Israel, Finland, to name a few, do not have mass casualty events like we see here. Albeit, the U.S. does have the most heavily armed populace on the planet, this does not explain why we have such a high rate of suicides, urban violence, domestic terrorism, fatherless children, drug addition, single parent families, 50 million people on food stamps, and a displaced workforce. Our moral, economic, and social framework seems to be gone. What's left is a happenstance mess that is unable to rule itself, give itself direction, or plot any kind of course. One year ago the population asked for a change, they elected Donald Trump as President. This happened primarily because the people of the United States understand all too well that they are in trouble, big trouble. All our manufacturing has been exported overseas, our children graduating from college can not find work, massive illegal immigration continues to impact our citizenry, drugs and crime are being ruled by the cartels, in short, no one is steering the ship, and it appears to be lost. The ship is starting to crash onto the shore. Currently, America is trying to turn the ship around, but the momentum over the past two decades is difficult to stop. Everyone needs to pitch in. Our society does need to change, now, before it is too late. Our leaders in Congress either need to do their jobs or get out. Another American Civil War is at hand. It is playing out in our streets, everyday. Don't believe me, just turn on your T.V. today and watch. That's the way I see it, today, October 1st, 2017. May the memories of all those who passed away last night be a blessing to us all, and, a reminder that we all need to do better.
"The purpose of my writing is twofold. First, to get things out of my head. Second, to show it to you."
Daniel D Scroggin
A freelance writer, flight instructor, and world traveler. Sharing his ideas, opinions, and adventures for your consumption.