All these shootings show America needs to return to basic principles

The brutal shooting of people because of hate — not in the south but in Buffalo, New York — showed that something is deeply wrong in America. 

Ten people died and were hurt, in a crime with an incalculable price. To hold that much hate you have to be indoctrinated from birth, the same as the man who murdered people in a church just because they were Black. It seems like it’s a crime punishable by death to be Black. I wonder if these people who kill think it makes anything better. Even if they kill all the Black people, who would they kill then? Would they jump to the Asians? You can’t go to the supermarket anymore either? 

On May 14 in 2022, a Saturday in Buffalo, an 18 year old while male said he planned to kill African Americans.

June 17, 2015, a white supremacist murdered nine people in South Carolina. He got a death sentence and said he was glad he did it. This is wrong on so many levels. God please help us. 

In this latest case, an 18-year-old shot his grandma, drove to the elementary school, and killed two teachers and 19 babies in the fourth grade. What is the purpose of these mass killings gone all the way down to children? What happened to love one another, care about each other, take care of the people who need help?

This might be corny to some people, but here is a psalm for the world I live in.

Let the spirit of goodness jump into all of mankind. Have upstanding morals, a kind heart and peace within. To handle problems, seek help from a higher power. Examine yourself and think of answers that will help people, not eliminate them. Live in harmony. Care for each other as humans.

Even the President had to speak on this problem of mass killing. Other countries have just as much mental illness, and yet they don’t have mass killing often like we do. President Biden’s answer is to change the gun laws and look closer at each other to know when people need help. All I know is, we’ve got to stop killing. 

As they say, “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”

Jackie Turner is a vendor and artist with Street Sense Media. 

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