It seems like the cold and flu season is upon us. I love the weather, but not all of the sickness out there. This is one of my pet peeve topics. With all of the sniffles and sneezing going on I get a bit apprehensive when it comes to being around to many people. I don’t wear a sign around my neck that says that I have an auto-immune disease. But, as people are hacking out their lungs and going into places sicker than a dog, I am strategically planning my path to stay away from those people. What may cause people to get sick for a short time could end me up in the hospital for a long time.
Those who know me really well knows that if they are sick they need to stay away. But, that isn’t always the case. I know many people and I have chosen years ago that my life or my medical history isn’t an open book. My medical stuff is hard to understand. It is hard for some of my Drs to understand, let alone anyone else. Plus, I’m just not into the whole 20 question thing unless your my Dr, nurse or someone I am super close to. During the cold and flu season I will go a little bit into things and this is that yearly post.
If you are sick and you know me, then please stay away. If you are sick, please send someone to the store instead of you going. There are many people out there who can’t afford to get sick. Just because someone doesn’t wear a sign around their neck that says they have an auto-immune disease, cancer, aged or a whole group of things, that doesn’t mean they can handle getting sick. Not even a simple cold. When I worked at Lins, I can’t even count how many customers would come through my line as they were blowing their nose, running a temperature and throwing up. Really!!!
Then you have those who swear by the flu shot and granted, they are great for most people. But, not all people can take the flu shot, myself included. I ended up with Guillian Barre Syndrome from the flu shot. There are many people who can’t take it. If you are sick, stay home and call someone to pick up your medications. Shoot, anymore some pharmacies deliver and there is drive-thru. You don’t even need to leave your house or your car.
You can’t turn the TV, radio or just about anything and not hear about what happened in Las Vegas. I will not use this evil mans name in my blog post.
Opening Prayer– My heart is broken for all those who have lost lives in Las Vegas and for those who survived these terrorist type of attacks. May God be with each of you and my prayer is that you are present with the broken and wounded souls. Lord, I pray for them to find peace and comfort in the days ahead. May they feel that they aren’t alone. Lord, I send my love and sympathy to those who don’t know where to turn and that they aren’t alone in their suffering.
Heavenly Father, my prayer is for those who have survived and for the victims, that they will find the strength to come with the tragedy that they have been through. I pray that they are able to find wisdom to live their lives and continue on the path that is ahead of them.
As I was watching the news and learning more about the lives that were lost just made my heart sink. The gun mans home is just 30 minutes from my home and it is way to close for comfort for my own good. I live in Utah, but just over the border. Mesquite is like I said about 30 minutes from my home. I was listening to the names of those who died and I was just hoping and praying that there were no familiar names. Even though I didn’t hear any names of those I knew was there, my heart got heavier and heavier as the names and ages started to be mentioned.
All of those who have lost lives and have been hurt are loved by someone. They have parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, children and friends. I have no doubt that those who are hearing the names of a loved one dropped to their knees in anguish and pain. What was supposed to have been a night of fun and enjoyment, turned into hell.
In what is described as the deadliest mass shooting in American history, there have been countless accounts of hero’s stepping in to help. Those at the concert came from all over the country and I think there were even some who have come from outside of the United States. Those who attended the concert reacted to this terrorist with bravery by saving lives while this psychopath rained gunfire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino. Some have said he was no terrorist, he was a lone wolf. I don’t care what they call him, he is a terrorist and evil.
Hero’s were present in the form of military personal, Dr’s, nurses, firemen, friends and strangers. There was a former marine Taylor Winston that found a truck that was unattended. It was the first truck he found that was unlocked and had a key in it. I would stay that was a God thing. He stole the truck so he could transport up to 30 people to the hospital. Instead of running away, he was running into the line of fire. There are countless heroes and most have said that they aren’t heroes. They were there doing what they needed to do.
There was one particular story that came out that angered me.
CBS has fired a legal executive who decided it was a good idea to post on their Facebook page, just hours after the shooting took place at the country music festival that killed 59 innocent people and hurt over 500 others. took to social media Monday morning with harsh words for the victims.
This woman, Hayley Geftman- Gold, was a VP and senior counsel in strategic transactions at CBS. She said something to the effect that if Republicans wouldn’t do anything about children that were murdered and I am guessing she meant Sandy Hook, they she isn’t sympathetic to country music fans since country music fans are Republican gun totters.
I’m glad they fired her right away. I know many that love country music that aren’t Republicans. I don’t know why this has to be politicized. It has nothing to do with if a person is a Democrat or a Republican. It doesn’t matter where you live, the color of your skin or anything else. This is about lives that were lost and they were all innocent lives. I like some country songs and I like Jason Aldean. I am not a Republican and I’m not a Democrat. I am non affiliated. Her remark angered me and I hope that she is able to see that all lives and people matter.
Of course there has also been a great deal of debate over guns and the 2nd amendment. In my opinion I don’t think the average person needs to own assault rifles. I don’t own a gun for my own personal reasons. But, my daughters do in order to protect their family. These aren’t assault rifles or machine guns. I have no problem with people owning guns if they are trained and they are responsible gun owners.I also see no problem having guns if you are a hunter. My problem is average people do not need assault rifles.
I came across a story about a veteran stated that he doesn’t want an assault rifle. He served in Afghanistan either and he didn’t want to be there. He seen first hand the effects on the bullets impact and he wants nothing to do with it any more. Why would the average person need a weapon that literally shoots thousands of rounds in the matter of minutes? The reason I bring up this young soldier is that he doesn’t want to believe that we live in a world that is so dangerous that a person would require these types of weapons. He found himself in a situation that startled him and his hand was on the trigger. It was at that moment that he could see himself killing someone who was innocent because his finger immediately moved to the trigger and the little girl who came up to his vehicle would have been dead.
He stated that he would rather be hopeful when it comes to mankind and that there are more good people than evil ones.
He carried an M-4 because he was living in a combat zone and he was a infantryman I don’t know anything about guns, so I’m not sure what a M-4 is. I will have to find a picture of one to put in this post. He had to be ready to fire hundreds of rounds at humans instantly. If he didn’t shoot, they would kill him first. What he said next really stuck with me and I totally get it considering what happened in Las Vegas, Orlando, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Charleston and Columbine. I’m sure there are other places, I just can’t remember them all.But, he said;
These weapons are intended for the battlefield. I don’t want an assault rifle, because I don’t want to think of my home country as a battlefield. I don’t want civilians to own assault rifles, because I think the risks outweigh the rewards. If people really do believe that they need them, maybe it’s because they see a battlefield where others don’t.
But, I also feel that it isn’t the gun that killed the person. I mean it is, but it was the evil person who killed that chose to kill. The guns are a tool. I don’t know what the answer is. But, I whole heartedly feel that nobody should have assault rifles unless you are in the military, police or in a field where you are protecting someone.
My heart and soul is hurting for those who must go on. They are suffering from unimaginable pain. Thank you for putting people in the right place and the right time. While they may not call themselves heroes, they are to those who they helped. Those who lost their lives were innocent. We don’t want to accept the terrorist attacks, but we have to. Our hearts and souls rail against the suffering of the survivors and their families, against the death of innocent bystanders. The first thing we can do is offer prayers for peace and comfort after a terrorist attack. Then we need to look for ways to help, to be Jesus’ hands and feet. To minister, serve, and bind wounds.
I wasn’t sure exactly what the Second Amendment said, so I have to look it up. It’s rather long, so you can click here to read it in its entirety.
In closing, I want to end this post with a prayer and if you would like to add your prayer, you can comment. You don’t have to have an account to make comments.
Dear Lord Jesus, protect us from the evil that seems to be plaguing our country and our world. I ask that You send Your comfort and healing to those who have been hurt mentally and physically. We ask that you show Your presence in a hurting world. I don’t know that the answer is, but You do. All things are possible when we put our faith in You. I ask these things in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.