That blog I wrote last week is sticking in my mind–the one about our being denied entrance to the port to see our cruise ship (January 8th). I do believe we are living out Franklin Roosevelt’s famous warning, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Tuesday’s shooting in a Roswell, New Mexico school simply reinforces my thinking. A student there brought a shotgun to school, hidden in a musical instrument case, and shot two of his classmates.
Stop and think about it. Schools in our country have become “common” ground for incidents like this. So have college campuses, shopping centers and movie theaters. Most any governmental building we enter has a security system waiting for us just on the other side of the front door. There we are profiled by an always-suspicious guard while our personal belongings are sifted through. The same process goes on at airports, seaports, military installations, historical sites, museums. Meanwhile, there is hardly a place we don’t go anymore where there aren’t cameras scanning our activities…even while we sit in our cars at a traffic light on a busy highway.
Times have changed. When I was a kid, parents and their children never, ever thought about the possibility of being shot in school. In fact, the only place we ever saw security was the guard standing inside a bank. Why? Because that’s where the money was, not shooting victims.
Even more frightening is that the situation will only grow worse as the lunatics take over more and more of the places we go. Add to that, the increase in gun ownership is downright scary—at least to me, since I don’t believe that everyone who owns a gun knows how to use it, or may use it when he gets pissed off.
It is, indeed, a sad day in America, Land of the Free. We are no longer as free as we once were…now we fear.