I was reading this blog and I came across something surprising and scary. One might even describe it as shocking. I won’t, but I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who would.
Here is what I found: Groveland man involved in shootout. This caught my attention because Groveland is my home town, and it is a very small town–the sign says population 1,500, but the place seems even smaller than that. Fortunately I do not know this nut (or at least I don’t think I do) but I would be willing to bet money that someone in my family does, and I am not a gambling man. In a town that small, how could they not?
It is plain to see that this man has problems–he’s a twice convicted felon and he’s unemployed, not a good combination. Also, he apparently is a violent person who was on his way to do something violent, if the guns and body armor are any indication anyway.
I understand that he is upset and worried about the United States of America and the direction it is taking, but his actions, and possible planned actions, are inexcusable. Shooting at police officers? Unacceptable. I don’t care if some cops are crooked, or like to abuse their power, they are public servants and they are there to protect us. Protect us from what, I hear some of you asking, well, to protect us from people like Byron Williams, for example. And besides, not all cops are corrupt or on a power trip. In fact, I would be willing to wager that most cops are good people who have chosen a dangerous line of work so that the rest of us can exist in relative peace.
Byron is worried about the country. That is good. There is nothing wrong with it, and in fact we should all be worried about the United States of America. Between what BushCo started and what ObamaCo is continuing (wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, operating Gitmo, just to name a few things) there is major cause for concern. However, going out and killing a bunch of people is not the answer–unless those people are terrorists because well, you know, they’re terrorists!
It is easy to feel powerless and like you don’t have a voice, especially when you are unemployed, and unable to find employment because of something on your record that tells employers you would be a risky hire (something like bank robbery, for instance), but that doesn’t mean you should go out and start shooting people. There has to be a better solution–start your own company–do work for friends–donate to the sperm/plasma/blood marrow bank and get cash that way. There are all kinds of alternatives to grabbing some guns and getting ready to go out in a blaze of glory, taking as many of “them” (whoever they are) with you as possible.
It is important to note that the guns weren’t his (thank goodness for that), but his mothers. She kept them in a safe because she believes a revolution is coming, which is kind of a scary thought, especially considering it will probably come from people like her and her son–small town crazy people who are deathly afraid of what those libruls in the govmn’t are doing to their country, but who remain ignorant of the fact that it is not just the government (both parties) that is ruining things for them, but also bankers and corporations. They rally against those in power and complain about job losses to places like China, but then they shop at Wal-Mart and other places who get most, if not all, of their items from places like China so that their products can remain cheap.
Living in a democracy it is important that people be concerned/involved in/ and informed about what their government is doing, and it is our jobs to watch them and hold them accountable, however; that does not mean inciting or being driven to violence. It is our civic duty to be involved in the process, but being involved in the process should not include grabbing a gun and going out to shoot cops, government officials, or anyone else for that matter.