Let’s get the disclaimer out of the way, first and foremost. I am not a gun advocate. In fact, I hate guns and feel there is no need for guns. Cowards and folks with low self esteem and something to prove open carry guns. Because obviously, they are not getting acknowledgment from elsewhere- psychology issue, but I digress. That’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it. But I am a freedom fighter. Whether you choose to be stupid or not, that is your right, and I support that. However, I am a firm believer of what goes around, comes around. Just because you can, doesn’t exempt you from what you think others can’t in their reaction to it. So, without further ado, we continue this monologue.
The resurgence of the gun debate in the wake of yet another tragedy in American history has deflected the real issue: Hate. It takes a hateful person to take a gun and choose to kill another human being. Guns do not kill. People that hate use guns to kill. But they don’t only use guns, they use knives, machetes, rope, rocks, and even their own hands.
The first recorded murder was that of Abel in the Bible. He was killed at the hands of his own brother, Cain. Cain didn’t use a gun. He used hate. Hate motivated him to kill.
Why do people hate?
Jealousy, threat, fear, and anger can drive people to insane thought. But, if we are immersed in love, we don’t envy. We don’t feel threatened and we have no fear. So, then can we assume that those who fit the attributes of jealousy, threat, and fear are not immersed in love? Absolutely.
Now we can all say that we have felt these feelings a few times in our lives. Are we then destined to turn into murderers? Absolutely not. We all are divinely equipped with a conscience and a moral compass that allows us to give pause to destructive ideas. Whether we do pause or not will determine the influence of love or hate in our lives.
In the most recent case in Charleston, SC, hate tried to rule the day. Jealousy told somebody, “These people are too joyous, resilient, strong and loving”. Threat told somebody, “They have too many rights and are taking over my country”. Fear told somebody, “My life is not safe”. Anger told somebody, “Kill”
Let’s not use the issue of gun control to overshadow the fact that hate had everything to with this situation. Even more so, we need to address the huge elephant in this red, white and blue room: RACISM. Racism is hate. Racism has killed, maimed and destroyed a people that help build this room. This room is full. There is no more room. Please tell hate to leave and take it’s bunkmate racism with him. Love was here before anybody.
(I will never use the killer’s name to give him attention or fame. This is not about him, but his actions and the hate he represents. It’s a bigger issue than one person)
This, instead, is a beautiful dedication by recording artist, Steven Curtis Chapman.
You will not be overcome by evil. But you will overcome evil with good.
Depayne Middleton Doctor
Rev. Clementa Pinckney
Rev. Dr. Daniel Simmons Sr.