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Random Thoughts on Sandy Hook

 

In the days and weeks since Sandy Hook there have been millions of words written in attempts to comfort those affected and trying to understand why and how it happened and how we can prevent it from happening again.

I know I am not wise enough to explain or understand the inexplicable.

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Everyone has their own pet idea as to what causes such madness. And everyone knows what the prescription is too. And like the parable of the six blind men describing an elephant by touching a different part of its corpulent body everyone is right. And everyone is wrong.

   Following are a few facts.

 

There was only one killer.

There were millions of loving, caring, and gentle people who grieved, came to help, offered support, or donated gifts & money from all around the world.

Violence is as old as Cain and Able. Mans inhumanity to man has occurred in every age and every decade. One of the earliest recorded massacres occurred in 61 A.D. [Source Wikipedia]

The earliest known United States shooting that happened on school property was the Pontiac’s Rebellion school massacre on July 26, 1764. Since then there have been hundreds and hundreds more. [Source Wikipedia]

Mayor Bloomberg you are wrong. School shootings do not occur, “Only in America,” as you said. There is a recorded incident of a school shooting as early as 1902 in Canada. There are numerous recorded school shootings in Europe, South America, and Asia too. [Source Wikipedia] School shootings happen everywhere, sir.

Guns are not the only weapon of choice either. In 1927 in the BathTownship, Michigan school, dynamite was the1 school building weapon in a violent act that killed 38 and wounded 58. [Source Wikipedia]

In 1995 common household items, largely fertilizer and kerosense, were used to kill 168 and injure 800 in the Oklahoma City bombing of the FederalBuilding including 19 children under the age of six.

If someone feels aggrieved and seeks revenge there are many more ways to wreak havoc than just guns and bullets. We can’t ban everything.

Gun Violence Actually Declining in America

It is little consolation but, according to the National Institute of Justice and the Bureau of Justice Statistics:

Homicides committed with firearms peaked in 1993 at 17,075, after which the figure steadily fell, leveling off in 1999 at 10,117. Gun-related homicides have increased slightly each year since 2002. [Emphasis mine.]

and

Nonfatal firearm-related crime has fallen significantly in recent years, from almost 1.3 million victims in 1994 to 477,040 victims in 2005.

Facebook and Twitter

1 twitterFrontier justice high tech style is no prettier than it was in frontier days. And it is still wrong. And two wrongs never make a right.

In the ultimate act of hypocrisy after the shooting some folk’s comments and tweets caused the National Rifle Association to close down both their Facebook and Twitter accounts because of death threats to officers and members. Sadly the people issuing such threats do not even see, let alone understand, their own hypocrisy.

This world is not perfect. We are all sinners and we owe our fellow travelers on this earth more consideration than high tech lynching.

“….….to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly…….” Micah 6:8 is as applicable today as when it was written.

Don’t Count On the Mainstream Media To Provide Accurate Information

As so often these days the media and news outlets performed with typical wrong facts, stupidity and rush to judgment. In the desire to beat the competition with “news” they got so many things wrong yet reported each error with breath taking certainty. Here is just a few of the things they got wrong: the shooter’s name, how he gained access to the school, to the possibility of a second gunman, and his mother worked at the school.

All wrong!!!!
Mental Health

One of the potentially good things that might come out of this tragedy is the renewed look at the mentally ill and new ways to help and support them and their families.

Final Thoughts

It may be hard to admit, especially since we are ‘We-Can-Do – or – Solve-Any – Problem- Americans,  but maybe, just maybe some problems may not have any solutions. And any solution we do devise or come up with may cause new unforeseen problems.

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it. 

Billy Joel

                                        

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Featured Recipe             Zesty Hamburgers

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If you are searching for a way to make the humble hamburger out of the ordinary this recipe is for you.

Here is what you will need for 4 burgers:

1 pound ground chuck

1 tablespoon butter

1 medium onion    

1 large clove garlic

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce                                                                                                                    

4 teaspoon horseradish

2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon paprika

3 teaspoons bread crumbs

1-2 tablespoons canola oil

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 This is what you do:

Mince the onion really fine and sauté in the butter until just soft. Cool completely.

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Place chuck in a bowl. Add salt and pepper.

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Add the cooled onions.

Press the garlic into the bowl.

Add the horseradish, mustard, breadcrumbs, and paprika and mix well. Do not over process or it will make the burgers tough. Get it mixed into the chuck gently and not too hard.

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Shape into four patties. Make a slight indentation or thumb print in the center of each patty. This will help prevent hamburger bloat.

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Fry in a little canola oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat ~ about 4 minutes per side for rare, 6 minutes per side for medium. Do not squeeze or press the burgers with a spatula or other implement while cooking as you will squeeze out all of its juices.

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Remove burgers to a plate and let sit for  3-5 minutes after cooking to allow the juices to redistribute.

Serve on a bun with your favorite condiments, OR if like me, you want to cut out carbs, serve bunless with a slice of onion on the side and a simple salad. 

Remember, it is not the burger…….but the bun that makes you put on weight.

Bon appétit!!!

Cost

1 pound ground chuck           $3.82

1 tablespoon butter               $0.08

1 medium onion                   $0.73    

1 large clove garlic               $0.11

1 tbspn Worcestershire         $0.12                                                                                                                     

4 teaspoon horseradish         $0.24

2 teaspoon Dijon mustard     $0.09

1 teaspoon paprika               $0.41

3 teaspoons bread crumbs    $0.32

1-2 tablespoons canola oil     $0.09

Total cost = $6.01
Cost per burger = $1.50

Quote of the Day

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person

Mother Teresa

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9 comments to Random Thoughts on Sandy Hook

  • Way to rant Roberta!!
    After starting back to community college this week, I had thought about what would happen if someone(s) came in with guns or bombs. It is scary to think about it and even though every door has locks and there is security everywhere on campus, with all the entrances into the school you could easily get in. I hope and pray that no one will ever bring violence to my campus or to another school ever again but that is very simplistic view and I know better. But one can always hope! It took me (hundreds) years to feel comfortable in a school and I hate that I now have to think (what if) every time I walk onto campus. School and movie theaters and even the work are no longer safety zones and that is incredibly sad… for everyone! hugs, Kate

    • Roberta

      I think many of us think the same thing when we go out. I know I do too. What if…… I wish I had the right words to comfort you, Kate. I admire you that despite all you do go back to school every day. Hugs.

  • I appreciate your comforting words my friend. I just hope and pray nothing happens and that if it were to happen then I hope that something would be done to stop the madness and senseless violence. I am worried but it won’t consume me and force me to stay home from school! Hugs, Kate

  • your post made me reflect deeply and i really hope a tragic event like that never happens again!

    meanwhile, your zesty burger recipe looks yummy and i am a big carb lover so the bun has to be big and fresh and probably packed with calories…hahah

    • Roberta

      I do too. Have seen way to many shootings like ths in my life time.

      Do not mistake me. I LOVE carbs. But I might as well just glue one bun on each hip cause that is right where they go. 🙂

  • Melissa Creamer

    Bravo! I couldn’t have put it any better myself. You can’t legislate morality. You can’t pass laws to make people not do evil things. This should be clear, as murder has been a crime for a very long time, yet it happens every day. As a law abiding gun owner, I am tired of hearing how guns are the problem and need to be “controlled”. No, our society is the problem. Instead of coming together, finding common ground, and respecting each other as fellow Americans, we point fingers, name call, and threaten. What a fine example we set for the younger generation.

    This was a tragedy of a mad man. Period. We need to stop letting the media and politicians take advantage of this tragedy for their gain. The media needs to find other news (I know it’s out there) and the politicians need to get to work solving problems they might actually be able to solve (Like passing a budget or working on reducing the debt).

  • Virginia Urbach

    Hi Roberta. I, too, have been shaken with the events and the tragedy that occurred in Newtown. A few days after, I emailed my state representative to push for legislation to ban assault weapons to all citizens. I also urged my family and friends on FB to do the same as it will only take 5 minutes of their time to do so. I have no idea if this plea was effective, I truly hope so. Let’s pray that the recent signing from Pres. Obama on passages will be go through by Congress.

  • After a massacre in Australia 17 years ago the government proposed a buy back of any and all guns. Not sure what the answer is for the US but there hasn’t been a mass shooting here since then. Doesn’t mean there won’t be one tomorrow.

    I’ll make these zesty burgers and ponder, knowing I’ll never find a solution.