Uncommon Sense with Glenn Mollette
I don’t know how to write a column on this theme except to say stop, stop, please stop the killing, everyone.
Killing somebody is the not the answer. Killing people because of race, gender, religion, or for any reason under the sun, is wrong. Killing does not eliminate problems. It does not solve family or neighborhood squabbles.
Yet we kill all the time. America is a nation of killers. We’re all about killing, killing and killing.
Do we want to start counting all the people killed in all the wars just in the past couple of hundred years? How many have we killed on foreign soil? How many have been gunned down in Chicago in the past ten years?
When you start adding up the deaths during the past ten years in school shootings, theatre shootings, nightclub shootings, alleged wrongful shootings by police and of police themselves, it goes on and on.
People are sentenced to prison or sometimes the death chamber because of killing. People are filled with rage over somebody they love being killed and want to kill the person who killed their loved one.
People who are emotionally able to reach a point in their lives at which they can sleep peacefully and even forgive someone who has murdered a loved one do so often after years of emotional, spiritual and psychological help. Many are never able to reach that point in their lives.
If somebody assaulted your child, spouse, parent, sibling or friend, you would be filled with hurt and rage. If somebody tries to enter my house and hurt our family, I will use one of my handguns and shoot with intent to kill.
My hope and prayer is that such incident never happens. I’m sure that is also your hope and prayer for your own family. Somehow, we must ingrain this hope and prayer in every American, the hope that we never have to hurt or kill.
Our churches used to send missionaries around the world preaching the commandments “thou shalt not kill” and “love your neighbor as yourself” and our own church ministers used to preach them, too.
Most of America’s churches gave that up a long time ago. Today, the focus of the church is entertainment and creating a feel-good environment.
When I was a child I used to read the phrase “thou shalt not kill” written everywhere. I saw it in such places as public classrooms, courthouses and even on Sunday-school walls at church. Later, for some crazy reason, America started thinking that the ten commandments were offensive and that the sixth commandment was no longer necessary.
Having the sixth commandment posted throughout America was a lot less offensive than the killing that’s now going on in
The commandment did not prevent killings. Black people were still treated cruelly and even murdered with the commandment posted everywhere. A chapter and verse is not a cure-all and is even stupid if we just ignore it. In the days when “thou shalt not kill” was written, people were killed all over the Middle East and it hasn’t stopped.
Somehow we have to get to the hearts of people and that means all races, nationalities, genders and religions have to quit hating, biting and fighting.
Life’s golden rule says: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
If all churches, communities, religions, political parties, race groups, gender groups and the whole world would just truly embrace this principle, then the world would do much better. Bad stuff would stop and so would the killing.
Glenn Mollette is an American author whose syndicated column is read in all 50 states.