We live 6 miles from Sutherland Springs, Texas and on a hot Sunday morning in November, a mentally deranged individual decided it was time to kill people and walked into God’s House and slaughtered 26 Christians and wounded 20. This is the epitome of pure hate!
I have always thought that if any mass murder, terror attacks, etc came to South Texas it would be in San Antonio where the military bases are. I never felt that living in the country between two very small towns we would have to worry about mass anything. Clay is a retired SA Fire Fighter and I am retired Federal worker. I remember before we retired in 1999 that he told me they were beginning to train for mass incidents. We just never believed it would come so close to our little rural Wilson County. So peaceful and quiet, although much busier than 21 years ago when I moved here. The little Community of Sutherland Springs, Texas did not do anything to deserve this horrible man made disaster. So sad and shocking to me.
Now there are countless people who have lost family, loved ones, friends, children to this madman. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the individuals impacted by this brutal attack and we ask that God help the survivors heal and that those who lost loved ones, family or friends.
I find myself constantly asking myself where has my America gone? What has caused this country to go so bad? What has caused all the anger? What can be done to stop the craziness? I can answer those questions, can you?
I was born during WWII, experienced Korean War, Cuba, lived through the riots of the late 1960’s and the Civil Rights era, Vietnam War, Iran and terrorism beginning in 1979, the Lockerbie bombing in the 1980’s, hijacking of airlines, Bush 41 Iraq War, all the killing of our Military in the 1990’s, 911, and the Iraq war. But even through all of this the country stayed together until 2000.
Now this country has gang problems, drug problems, social problems, and individuals who have mental issues that are not treated. Rather than discuss political issues in a peaceful way the way it was before 2000, it appears that the choice is to destroy business, be hateful to people who do not agree with our beliefs, disrespect our American Flag and way of life, call White people Racists or White Supremacists (which is NOT true), or remove our great American History from the record books. History will repeat itself if we do not remember how we got here in the first place.
But whatever is causing the killings of innocent people it must stop and Americans must take control of their own environment by becoming more observant, and not be politically correct, nor ignore family members who are exhibiting strange behavior.
There are two Heroes who have emerged from this disaster, the young man who drove the truck with the gentleman who shot the madman. May God Bless them also. We need more individuals like this in our Country.
This is not meant to be a political statement, it is a statement of fact. I do not have the answer, the genie is out of the box and now it is up to God to help this country return back to some type of normalcy!
May God Bless those Souls who are now with him and the family, friends, loved ones left behind to pick up the pieces. My heart goes out to you!