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Pray for Newtown, Pray for Us

Posted by Larry Doyle on December 15, 2012 7:35 AM |

Please pray for the families impacted by the horrific incident in Newtown, CT yesterday. Please also pray for our nation.

I cannot begin to imagine the excruciating pain that has befallen those directly affected by this tragedy. Certainly, the pain of these families and the community at large are felt by all of us. Our thoughts and prayers go out, but there must be more than just those thoughts and prayers. As a friend shared with me yesterday:

There is no greater energy in the universe than the purity of light within the innocent child. It is the responsibility of us all to nurture and protect them from harm. Tonight, let us not mourn the loss of twenty precious young souls, but rather, let us mourn for the death of ourselves! Pledge from this moment forward to do all within your capacity and power, to make a difference, to promote positive change to make sure that their light was not dimmed in vain! That their light will shine even brighter in remembrance in ten years time as well as forever more!

Who right now is not willing to make a difference and promote positive change so the lives of these little ones and the adults as well are not lost in vain? But what about tomorrow and the next day, and next week as well? So the light that shined within these innocent children does not dim, we need to ask ourselves some very real questions, find the answers to these questions, and then fight everyday so those answers become a fabric within a civil society. Not to do so merely invites the chance, if not the likelihood, that the scene witnessed yesterday in the bucolic little village of Newtown, CT will be reenacted elsewhere.

On behalf of the families of Newtown, I ask and put forth the following:

1. Why do we pray or promote prayer only after these horrific events? Why aren’t we praying everyday to bring a real love into the world that is the only force to counteract the unspeakable evil that has become pervasive in our society?  My answer? Promote love and put forth love by embracing the power of prayer and sharing it willingly and openly. Live the love and promote the love in the course of an open and ongoing national discussion needed to help our nation heal and advance.

2. Why do we allow for the public to have access to semi-automatic weapons? I know that outlawing semi-automatic weapons will not guarantee the elimination of a scene like yesterday from occurring, but does anybody doubt that it would have lessened that chance? I am not proposing that guns be outlawed but I do believe the registration and licensing of guns should be much more rigorous. Semi-automatic weapons, though? We are supposed to be a civil society? I see no need for any individual to have access to these weapons that can do such immeasurable damage.

3. How much more do we need to see to understand and accept that there is a presence of evil in our society? When I write of the mass killings at Columbine, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, Aurora, Newtown, Tucson, the Sikh temple in Wisconsin, are we to forget that there have been a total of 61 mass killings over the last 30 years but that six of the twelve deadliest have occurred since 2007?

In 49 of the 61 cases the gunmen obtained the weapons legally, and the majority of those weapons used were semi-automatic.

Evil is gaining traction. We need to overwhelm it with love . . . not just today and tomorrow but next week, next month, and next year. We certainly need to be more proactive in helping those with mental illness. We also need to be more proactive in promoting love within our society. What is public love? Open and mutual respect, but also an open and aggressive exposure of the presence of evil in our society. The silent majority must not be silent any longer.

Not to embrace love and expose evil would mean that the little lives in Newtown were lost in vain. Will we allow that to happen?

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Mark 12:31

“Love one another as I have loved you.” John 15:12

Will you join the cause of promoting true love in our nation?

Go forth and navigate accordingly.

Larry Doyle

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I have no affiliation or business interest with any entity referenced in this commentary. The opinions expressed are my own. I am a proponent of real transparency within our markets so that investor confidence and investor protection can be achieved.

  • coe

    LD- very well said…I suggest we turn the abstract into the concrete by the “army of one” theory…work tirelessly to truly promote peace, promote charity, promote love – lead by example – accept others who are different – I’ve been asked how can a just God allow this type of horrific scene to occur…I am having difficulty answering the question…saw a post on facebook…it was a picture of a t-shirt: Dear God, Why do you allow so much violence in our schools? – A Concerned Student…God’s answer, Dear concerned student – I am not allowed in schools”

    All too sad – let’s not allow the killer the benefit of sensationalizing the act by publicizing his name, his problems, and why he was a victim of his parents and society – there’s a copycat lurking to do this one step more evil!

    Very sad/very angry – I say we ban guns – sorry NRA, your time is up!!!

  • Joe_in_Indiana

    Larry,

    I pray all the time, but I go into anguish when our leaders say one thing and do something else.

    Prime example is earlier this week — HSBC

    They laundered Billions of dollars for Drug Cartels AND Real Terrorists. How many innocents were killed for that money? Since they are part of the chain of the continuing felony, why are they not charged with murder?

    They only get fined(taxed) approximately 8% of one year’s profits and please don’t do it again.

    I have a real problem with selective justice.

    • LD

      Joe,

      I WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree. Interesting that you reference the HSBC situation, I wrote the other day.

      HSBC Money Laundering Scandal: More Racketeering

      Thanks for highlighting that specific case.

      • Joe_in_Indiana

        One more point. Since the DOJ has refused to prosecute, the blood of the victims are on their hands also. They could be prosecuted for reckless disregard of the law.

  • Jerry

    A TREMENDOUS MESSAGE! I WILL PASS IT ON AND ASK OTHERS TO PASS IT ON.. YOU MAY KNOW THAT OVER 70% OF NRA MEMBERS WOULD LIKE TO SEE WHAT YOU RECOMMEND. BUT HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THEIR LEADER ON THE STAND; A BLITHERING AGGRESSIVE IDIOT, BUT ONE WHO HIRES THE LOBBYIST. WE SHOULD COUNT CLOSELY ALL THOSE THAT TAKE CONTRIBUTIONS FROM NRA, AND LET THEM KNOW THEY WILL NOT GET OUR VOTE!!

    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. PLEASE WORK THIS MESSAGE INTO YOUR FUTURE BLOG, WE NEED TO HEAR IT MORE THAN ONCE.

  • Virginia

    Is this just about guns or are there other factors like video games and violence on TV? You can limit the guns and there is a necessity but that does not control the mindset learned and programmed by technology.

    I see so much depression and rage in this twenty-something generation. Did we allow them to be programmed or desensitized to death?

    Maybe this is what happens when we take God or a conscience out of the schools. We took out prayer but we didn’t replace it with lessons in karma.

  • Dennis

    You are an idiot. You only see and parrot what the media tells you to then you put it on others. Get off the emails. I have unsubscribed!

    • LD

      Dennis,

      Are you serious? I may be many things but I am NO parrot.

      Good luck.

  • Jim

    Larry,

    I couldn’t disagree with you more, your sounding like a NY lefty, I’m shocked at your #2 comment regarding the second amendment.

    The Left is begging to use this Newtown Conn tragedy to limit your rights. A mentally deranged person can kill you with a knife (ask OJ) a hammer, a bottle or a broom etc.
    There’s no way we can hope to stop this insanity by out lawing such devices.

    I can real off 6 shots w a revolver as fast as an automatic, so why is an automatic to be deemed illegal?

    Whatever, Larry in a nation where there are over 50 million legal gun owners, there is no clear reason how the outbursts of violence by mentally unstable individuals whose weapon of choice is a gun, can be used as a rationale to curtail constitutionally protected Second Amendment rights.

    The two are not even logically synonymous. If anything it’s a reason to buy more “backup” because of this not less. How naive to believe otherwise.

    All the best, and yes, I pray a few times a day for all on this planet.

    • LD

      Jim,

      The beauty of this is that we can agree to disagree without being disagreeable.

      I look at the Bushmaster that kid walked into the school with and used on those kids and think, “why does any individual need to have access to a weapon such as this?”

      Outlawing them does not mean that people may not gain access to them but why are there so many more killings with guns in our nation than every other nation? I am going to guess that there are mentally unstable individuals in those nations as well.

      Outlawing semi-automatic weapons will not solve the issue but I think it helps to a certain extent.

      • Jim

        God man, it’s the Nanny state all over…lets have FBI background checks on alcohol, automobile, cigarette purchasers, they all kill regularly and MUCH more frequently than some jackass who hated his mother?

        You refer to “other nations” having lessor gun violence rates, well, how about the gun crime in Norway last summer or Mumbai & how about the fact that we are (were) a free nation whose very existence is to have a people who can defend themselves from danger…especially a tyrannical govt.

        Ask a Cuban, Venezuelan, Lybian, Chinese or most any conquered country and they’ll tell you the first thing they take away is the right to protect yourself and your family and this is where it starts. Innocently a group naively believes they can control all by Controlling All!

        Larry your a smart guy, I agree that if in an utopian state where no potentially killing devices were available it would be wonderful. But that’s far from reality.

        It’s a nightmare of epic proportion & horrific tragedy but there’s no way further govt control can halt the next rogue sick punk from such evil.

  • Jim

    WHY GRAMPS CARRIES A GUN

    My old grandpa said to me ‘Son, there comes a time in every man’s life when he stops bustin’ knuckles and starts bustin’ caps and usually it’s when he becomes too old to take a whoopin.’

    I don’t carry a gun to kill people. I carry a gun to keep from being killed.

    I don’t carry a gun to scare people. I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.

    I don’t carry a gun because I’m paranoid. I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world.

    I don’t carry a gun because I’m evil. I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world.

    I don’t carry a gun because I hate the government. I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government.

    I don’t carry a gun because I’m angry. I carry a gun so that I don’t have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.

    I don’t carry a gun because I want to shoot someone. I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.

    I don’t carry a gun because I’m a cowboy. I carry a gun because, when I die and go to heaven, I want to be a cowboy.

    I don’t carry a gun to make me feel like a man. I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.

    I don’t carry a gun because I feel inadequate. I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate…

    I don’t carry a gun because I love it. I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.

    Police protection is an oxymoron. Free citizens must protect
    themselves. Police do not protect you from crime, they usually just investigate the crime after it happens and then call someone in to clean up the mess.

    Personally, I carry a gun because I’m too young to die and too old to take an “ass” whoopin’…. .author unknown (but obviously brilliant)

    ********************************************** A LITTLE GUN HISTORY

    In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
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    In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

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    Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
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    China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
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    Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

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    Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
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    Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
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    Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.
    ——————————

    You won’t see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.

    Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.

    Take note my fellow Americans, before it’s too late!

    The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson.

    With guns, we are ‘citizens’. Without them, we are ‘subjects’.

    During WW II the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!

    If you value your freedom, please spread this anti gun-control message to all of your friends.

    The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental.

    SWITZERLAND ISSUES EVERY HOUSEHOLD A GUN! SWITZERLAND ‘S GOVERNMENT TRAINS EVERY ADULT THEY ISSUE A RIFLE. SWITZERLAND HAS THE LOWEST GUN RELATED CRIME RATE OF ANY CIVILIZED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!!!

    IT’S A NO BRAINER! DON’T LET OUR GOVERNMENT WASTE MILLIONS OF OUR TAX DOLLARS IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE ALL LAW ABIDING CITIZENS AN EASY TARGET.

    • Peter Scannell

      Do you carry an automatic weapon with hundreds of rounds of amunition around?

      If this act of evil does not bring about a call for the prohibition of assualt rifes nothing ever will.

      It’s on D.C. back know.

  • Earl

    Great post Larry, you can be sure I’ll do my part and encourage others to do the same!

    Blessings to you and yours,

  • Randy

    Yes, Larry.. the loss of life at Sandy Elementary was what appears to be a senseless tragedy and has been horrific in every sense.

    That having been said.. I do not favor a ban on semi-automatic weapons in general. We are perhaps coming close to the day when we may be forced to defend ourselves in an environment of uncontrolled chaos that might result from a financial collapse, most especially if it ever turns into a hyperinflation event due to a collapse of faith in the Dollar. In that eventuality I do not want to be left trying to defend myself and my loved ones with some bolt action single shot pea shooter or even worse, with no firearm for defense at all. It is true that I don’t need a sub-machine gun or fully automatic weapon as likely the only people I might ever have to face who would be so armed would likely be so great in number and/or experience that it would do me little good on my own anyway. I might survive a few minutes longer but to what purpose?

    I have known from advanced training over the years in hand to weapon combat that guns, knives and clubs are simply tools.. the weapon is the brain of the user. In that regard.. I think if we had unrestricted informational access, we would find that in a great majority of these shooting cases, the shooter was a legal user of prescribed psycho-tropic drugs… whether prescribed for depression or schizophrenia or any of a dozen other so-called diseases of the mind that the psychiatric association has deemed appropriate to treat with drugs which often have considerable detrimental side effects. Only in the case of drugs used for emotional control, etc.. rather than to keep down cholesterol and such. .the negative side effects sometimes hold severe consequences for innocent bystanders. You will find that the drug companies as well as their lackeys in the national media who absolutely thrive on drug company advertising money, work together in most of these cases in a best efforts approach to keep information about such drugs and the user’s prescription and usage history completely out of the news and instead focus on the tools.. in this case mostly guns of all calibers and types that were employed in an attack that never would have happened absent the drugs which drove the actions in the first place. Having had a work associate at one of my former employers who was on such drugs to supposedly keep him on an even keel.. act out against certain individuals at work and threaten them and then attack a family member out of the blue as well.. I am only too well acquainted with this type of thing given that I thought he had been put in some rehab place or something.. only later to find that he was out and working at a competitor. I was of course quite surprised to be standing outside our building waiting in line for a free Independence Day meal by the building management when a big hand slapped me quite hard on the shoulder from behind only to turn around and see the individual in question directly behind me. He said it was good to see me again, said he was on a business call with a client in our building and a few moments later, out of the blue again.. told me not to worry, he wasn’t going to hurt me or anybody else, etc.. he was just there for a hot dog and whatever else was on the menu. Now I can handle myself pretty well in a fair fight, but it was definitely a bit unsettling to have him right behind me knowing he could just pull out a knife or something and do me in right there in line and just take off walking before the others in line realized what had happened.

    The truly unavoidable truth about gun controls is that they mostly restrict and prohibit only those who already obey the laws.. not the criminals who simply ignore them. Going to war against the possession of semi-automatic weapons of any type in the hands of the law abiding public won’t do much at all for keeping the truly evil or even those who are disturbed mentally, either through birth, accident or use of drugs that distort reality from committing such murders and finding their weapons of choice if necessary in the black market. Dare we consider just how successful the war on drugs has been for the last couple of decades? It has been an abysmal failure! Of course, choosing drugs as the analogy might not be totally fair given that our own CIA and perhaps other alphabet agencies have gone into that business themselves to fund operations they don’t wish Congress and the rest of us to know about, etc. But such controls have always been failures, including prohibition, etc.. All that results from such controls, whether it be on drugs, booze, or even guns is simply to push up the price and create a widespread and very active black market. Those who truly want it will still get it and because the price has sometimes been increased due to having to acquire it in a hidden market, theft and violence usually go up commensurately… and the awful situations continue as before.

    I am not what any reasonable person would consider a gun nut. In fact, I don’t currently own a firearm. However, I will not support any effort that attempts to remove my option to acquire such a weapon in defense of myself, family and loved ones should the need arise. It would certainly appear that I am in darn good company as well as the major gun manufacturers are busier these days than one-armed paperhangers and are constantly selling totally out of inventory. I don’t know whether that is best attributed to people losing faith in their government and leaders or whether it is simple fear of financial collapse as they keep adding to the debt instead of getting serious about reducing spending.

    Our government is already in charge of nearly 95% of all that we read, see and hear (through the pressure they can bring to bear on the 6 major corporations who control the national media.) They have also recently passed laws that allow them to suspend all of our rights by simply labeling us something that we may not be at all.

    They have allowed Monsanto, Dow and few other conglomerates to gain control of very major parts of our entire food supply.

    The Government also recently passed the NDAA allowing them to confiscate our access and/or ownership to transportation, stored food and water, land, etc.. should they decide it is in the best interest of the Nation at the time, as decided by solely by them. Now it would seem they intend to make yet another play to remove the ability of citizens to bear arms.. which as with everything else will start out perhaps with a few popular types of rifles, often referred to by them as assault weapons… and will likely use continued media attention (read “propaganda”) to persuade the average American that it is their own best interests to support elimination of gun ownership altogether… until they have eventually completely eliminated gun ownership by American citizens. After that, it is all over but the shouting.

    You, better than most, are hopefully beginning to understand just how very corrupt and criminal our politicians and our government have become. When push comes to shove in any deeply troubled situation that might result in widespread civil unrest, they want the masses to be unarmed. To me that spells disaster, not for them, but for the American public at large. A nation should never be in fear of its own government.. but it is often advisable for a government to fear the wrath of its citizens, especially if they are unduly wronged by those they put into office. They are stealing from us left and right.. not only through mega banks and failed brokerage houses, but through inflation when they decide to unleash it. There’s already a bill on Senator Harry Reid’s desk to move forward with converting all domestic retirement plan balances into government annuities. Once they actually get their hands on our retirement savings.. it won’t be long before we find out their promises to pay out on the new plan are unsustainable and that the money has already been spent instead of having been kept separate as one would hope and expect. They don’t want control of it in order to keep us from facing more losses in the future. Since when has the Government ever done a good job with managing other people’s money? The idea was first proposed a few years back to select members of Teresa Ghilarducci, professor of economic policy at the New School for Social Research in New York. She argued that her plan of confiscating all private retirement funds met the needs of “economic justice”. It would force our monies into “Guaranteed Retirement Accounts” to make it all sounds official.. and then you know what will happen to the money as it finds its way into the General Fund without our knowledge, etc..

    Please be careful that you don’t allow yourself to get swept up in the emotional fervor following this latest shooting and and allow it to cause you to pound the table with the rest of the uninformed regarding support of ever greater gun laws that will eventually strip us of our ability to protect ourselves against those who would do us harm. Our Government has recently gone a long way toward first removing God from schools and public institutions and then gone even further toward tearing apart the bonds of the rule of law (it no longer applies to the elite as you can see by what happens in the financial industry where none of the upper echelon are ever actually prosecuted and they continue to freely rob money from taxpayers while getting bailouts also from us to cover the failures generated by their greed and theft. Meanwhile, their Too Big To Fail institutions have grown even bigger than they were in 2008. The protections of our Constitution seemingly no longer apply in many areas, at least not to the average citizen.

    Obama and friends simply won’t be happy until they have not only banned semi-automatic weapons.. but will simply use that as their initial efforts in a plan to eventually tie us into the U.N. agreements on firearms, causing all citizens to lose the right to bear arms, ignoring the Constitution which says that no such side or international treaty shall ever take precedence. It is going to be coming around the bend like a freight train and I just hope there are enough sane people left to raise enough of a ruckus with their own state representatives and let them know in no uncertain terms that they will be voted out of office permanently at the very next opportunity. It seems to be the only power we have left to us as all other rights and freedoms are slowly but surely being eroded or eliminated.

    Best Regards,

  • Peter Scannell

    L.D. Your a good man.

  • Greg

    Where do you think this government will be in 20 or 30 or 50 years? Did you think we would be where we are today 25 years ago?

    I know that here in rural America the thoughts on this are light years away from the urban/suburban thoughts.

    Let me stress, it would be great if there was a miracle cure, but there is not now and there has never been before. To think some new evil is upon us is to think some brand new global warming is upon us. History….

    Outlawing or further registration of semi-automatic weapons will do nothing. If it would do something, then there would be no incidents in countries where they are outlawed or further restricted. Did you have any family in Europe in the late 30’s and early 40’s?

    Do you know the story of the Liberator (pistol)? A disarmed public ? You are in NYC some of the time I presume. When a pistol kills someone there, is it registered? No. Was the perpetrator carrying it legally? No.

    Check out your gun crime stats in Chicago. Virtually all gun crime
    there is illegal. The law just deprives a law abiding citizen of the right to carry or defend.

    Do you actually think we are a civil society? On whole perhaps, but you are conveniently leaving out way to many people to reach
    that conclusion.

    You mentioned Fort Hood in your post. The administration elected by the coasts has called that one “work place violence”. Yes, their rules had an army base disarmed. Can’t trust the army to be armed you know.

    The reaction to this past week’s Harry Belafonte quote tells even the city dweller where this country is headed….

    I figured after reading 100’s of your posts I’d have to eventually disagree!!

    Thanks for your perspective.

  • Randy

    Larry.. as a brief follow-up to my response yesterday of your comments on the Sandy Elementary situation.. here is a link to my exact position about psychotropic drugs which are quite often being taken by these shooters.

    There are four highly credible videos clips at the link below which prove my point.. despite it not being any kind of a suggestion toward a solution.

    Are The New Generation of Anti-Depressant Medications Contributing to School Shootings?

  • Ed

    Larry,

    I pray for these families as they endure this tragedy. I agree with most of what you said. However, I feel that there is misunderstanding of what a semi-automatic weapon is. A semi-automatic weapon is one that ejects a shell and loads the next round of ammunition automatically, but requires a squeeze of the trigger for each shot. Like the weapons used in this heinous crime, most guns these days fit that description (hand-guns or rifles). Unless you consider a pump-action shotgun or a bolt-action rifle which can be just as dangerous anyway. Also, historically it has been proven that states with “right to carry” or “shall issue” laws have lower violent crime rates. I’m tired of hearing a “more of the same” solution to problems such as these instead of a mentality that focuses on what we can do differently.






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