Mass Shooting Day — 0060

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

Lester A. Knibbs aka Doctor Hakeem

In the United States of America, every day is a Mass Shooting Day. It is no longer news. It is the new normal. (The “new normal”?! What is this — a fashion statement?) It should never be normal. We need to reject it.

Just as the daily news reports counted the days of the Iran Hostage Crisis, so should we count the days of mass shootings — until we put an end to it. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

  • We know the people who one day shoot other people.
    • They live next door. They work in the same office. We commute together. We see them when we shop.
    • They live in the same house, in the same dorm, sit next to us in class.
    • They are our friends, our relatives, our mates. We share a room with them. We share the bed.
  • Or do we know them at all?
  • We are a nation of strangers. Occasionally, we smile at each other, in passing.
  • Is your church, mosque, or synagogue addressing issues of importance in the life of the society?
    • Do you feel lonely or invisible in your church, mosque, or synagogue? (It’s not you. It’s them. Why can’t they see you?)
    • Is your church, mosque, or synagogue an uplifting house of enlightenment and compassion and intelligent commitment to reform and healing and helpfulness? If not, get the hell out.

Unless I hear otherwise, I assume that this day and every day is a Mass Shooting Day.

I started the count Saturday, June 17, 2017. Today (August 15, 2017) is day 0060. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0060.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0059

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

Lester A. Knibbs aka Doctor Hakeem

In the United States of America, every day is a Mass Shooting Day. It is no longer news. It is the new normal. (The “new normal”?! What is this — a fashion statement?) It should never be normal. We need to reject it.

Just as the daily news reports counted the days of the Iran Hostage Crisis, so should we count the days of mass shootings — until we put an end to it. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

  • By what standard is the United States the “richest” nation in the world?
    • “Richest” in Mass Shootings?
    • “Richest” in violence?
    • “Richest” in unhappiness?
  • Is your church, mosque, or synagogue addressing issues of importance in the life of the society?
    • Does your faith perpetuate or passively abide oppression — then disavows the physical violence that erupts as a consequence?
    • Is your church, mosque, or synagogue an uplifting house of enlightenment and compassion and intelligent commitment to reform and healing and helpfulness? If not, get the hell out.

Unless I hear otherwise, I assume that this day and every day is a Mass Shooting Day.

I started the count Saturday, June 17, 2017. Today (August 14, 2017) is day 0059. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0059.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0058

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

Lester A. Knibbs aka Doctor Hakeem

In the United States of America, every day is a Mass Shooting Day. It is no longer news. It is the new normal. (The “new normal”?! What is this — a fashion statement?) It should never be normal. We need to reject it.

Just as the daily news reports counted the days of the Iran Hostage Crisis, so should we count the days of mass shootings — until we put an end to it. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

  • No one is more undeservedly unhappy and frustrated than American white men.
    • America is still on top of the world.
    • White people are still on top of America.
    • White men are still better off than white women.
  • White men are actually just human beings.
    • Life is a wonderful blessing even if you live in a small weak nation.
    • Life is a wonderful blessing even if you are not at the top of your society.
    • Life is a wonderful blessing even when you respect women. (What a strange thing, that needs to be said!)
  • Many people — not just American white men — suffer from a misplaced sense of entitlement.
    • Be grateful for your blessings.
    • Don’t assume that you deserve things that other people don’t have.
    • Don’t be upset if someone else has more than you.
  • There is a build-up of frustration, which leads to violence and killing.
    • The gun is not the only instrument of mass violence. We need to add vehicular assault to the list.
  • Is your church, mosque, or synagogue addressing issues of importance in the life of the society?
    • Does your faith perpetuate or passively abide oppression — then disavows the physical violence that erupts as a consequence?
    • Is your church, mosque, or synagogue an uplifting house of enlightenment and compassion and intelligent commitment to reform and healing and helpfulness? If not, get the hell out.

Unless I hear otherwise, I assume that this day and every day is a Mass Shooting Day.

I started the count Saturday, June 17, 2017. Today (August 13, 2017) is day 0058. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0058.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0057

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

Lester A. Knibbs aka Doctor Hakeem

In the United States of America, every day is a Mass Shooting Day. It is no longer news. It is the new normal. (The “new normal”?! What is this — a fashion statement?) It should never be normal. We need to reject it.

Just as the daily news reports counted the days of the Iran Hostage Crisis, so should we count the days of mass shootings — until we put an end to it. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

  • “Oppression is worse than killing.” (Qur’an)
  • Is your church, mosque, or synagogue addressing issues of importance in the life of the society?
    • Does your faith perpetuate or passively abide oppression — then disavows the physical violence that erupts as a consequence?
    • Is your church, mosque, or synagogue an uplifting house of enlightenment and compassion and intelligent commitment to reform and healing and helpfulness? If not, get the hell out.

Unless I hear otherwise, I assume that this day and every day is a Mass Shooting Day.

I started the count Saturday, June 17, 2017. Today (August 12, 2017) is day 0057. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0057.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0056

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

Lester A. Knibbs aka Doctor Hakeem

In the United States of America, every day is a Mass Shooting Day. It is no longer news. It is the new normal. (The “new normal”?! What is this — a fashion statement?) It should never be normal. We need to reject it.

Just as the daily news reports counted the days of the Iran Hostage Crisis, so should we count the days of mass shootings — until we put an end to it. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

  • Physical violence is rooted in psychological violence.
  • Is your church, mosque, or synagogue addressing issues of importance in the life of the society?
    • Or is it a temple of psychological violence?
    • Is your church, mosque, or synagogue an uplifting house of enlightenment and compassion and intelligent commitment to reform and healing and helpfulness? If not, get the hell out.

Unless I hear otherwise, I assume that this day and every day is a Mass Shooting Day.

I started the count Saturday, June 17, 2017. Today (August 11, 2017) is day 0056. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0056.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0055

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

Lester A. Knibbs aka Doctor Hakeem

In the United States of America, every day is a Mass Shooting Day. It is no longer news. It is the new normal. (The “new normal”?! What is this — a fashion statement?) It should never be normal. We need to reject it.

Just as the daily news reports counted the days of the Iran Hostage Crisis, so should we count the days of mass shootings — until we put an end to it. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

  • In this society, money is God.
    • People call themselves Christians, Muslims, Jews, or believers of some sort in the God who created the entire vastness of the cosmos — but in their everyday lives, money is God. Money determines how they live, where they live, who they associate with, and how they think about each other.
    • Even people who call themselves atheists have the same God as most everyone else. In this society, money is God.
  • And human life is trivial.
    • If the Great Altar of Wall Street lost a hundred points every day, the society would be in a frenzy. Stock market collapses! Run for the hills!
    • But, there is a Mass Shooting every day. No big deal.
  • The people church-goers claim to follow saw human live as sacred and meaningful, beyond the basic animal needs and desires. What went wrong?
    • The prophets were opposed to serving false gods. Money is a false god. Look at how serving the false god of money is ruining human society.
    • Is your church, mosque, temple, tabernacle, or synagogue addressing issues of importance in the life of the society? Is it an uplifting house of enlightenment and compassion and intelligent commitment to reform and healing and helpfulness? If not, get the hell out.

Unless I hear otherwise, I assume that this day and every day is a Mass Shooting Day.

I started the count Saturday, June 17, 2017. Today (August 10, 2017) is day 0055. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0055.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0054

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

Lester A. Knibbs aka Doctor Hakeem

In the United States of America, every day is a Mass Shooting Day. It is no longer news. It is the new normal. (The “new normal”?! What is this — a fashion statement?) It should never be normal. We need to reject it.

Just as the daily news reports counted the days of the Iran Hostage Crisis, so should we count the days of mass shootings — until we put an end to it. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

  • So many TV programs, movies and videos trivialize human life — as if we are not created for some sacred purpose.
    • Why should it matter that we shoot each other? No big deal, right?
    • Somebody is being killed every day. So?
    • Especially in Afghanistan. And your tax dollars paid for the bombs. But those lives aren’t sacred, are they?
    • And those chickens don’t come home to roost, do they?
  • And then we go to church, and pretend that we believe that it all means something.
    • Does your life mean something — beyond food, clothing, shelter, and sex? Beyond having a bunch of stuff? Beyond having fun with your friends? Beyond impressing people, being impressed by people, or being liked? Does your life consist of doing work that you can’t wait to stop doing, looking forward to quitting time, the weekend, the vacation, your retirement? Is that your life?
  • The people church-goers claim to follow saw human live as sacred and meaningful, beyond the basic animal needs and desires. What went wrong?
    • Is your church, mosque, temple, tabernacle, or synagogue addressing issues of importance in the life of the society? Is it an uplifting house of enlightenment and compassion and intelligent commitment to reform and healing and helpfulness? If not, get the hell out.

Unless I hear otherwise, I assume that this day and every day is a Mass Shooting Day.

I started the count Saturday, June 17, 2017. Today (August 9, 2017) is day 0054. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0054.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0053

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

Lester A. Knibbs aka Doctor Hakeem

In the United States of America, every day is a Mass Shooting Day. It is no longer news. It is the new normal. (The “new normal”?! What is this — a fashion statement?) It should never be normal. We need to reject it.

Just as the daily news reports counted the days of the Iran Hostage Crisis, so should we count the days of mass shootings — until we put an end to it. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

  • Does your life mean something — beyond food, clothing, shelter, and sex? Beyond having a bunch of stuff? Beyond having fun with your friends? Beyond impressing people, being impressed by people, or being liked? Does your life consist of doing work that you can’t wait to stop doing, looking forward to quitting time, the weekend, the vacation, your retirement? Is that your life?
    • Then, what exactly is lost when someone reaches for a gun?
    • If there is nothing worthwhile or sacred in your life, nothing that means anything beyond your own personal needs and desires, then why should your life be sacred to some desperate person who has been pushed beyond the limit?
    • If you see nothing worthwhile or sacred in other people’s lives, nothing that means anything beyond their own personal needs and desires, then why would you expect their lives to be sacred to them when they feel pushed beyond the limit?
  • The people church-goers claim to follow saw human live as sacred and meaningful, beyond the basic animal needs and desires. What went wrong?

    • If you go to church for the music — or some other form of entertainment — why not stop being dishonest and go where you really want to go? The presence of your body at the service is a quiet testimony to whatever doctrine is espoused. Is it what you actually believe?
    • Is your church, mosque, temple, tabernacle, or synagogue addressing issues of importance in the life of the society? Is it an uplifting house of enlightenment and compassion and intelligent commitment to reform and healing and helpfulness? If not, get the hell out.

Unless I hear otherwise, I assume that this day and every day is a Mass Shooting Day.

I started the count Saturday, June 17, 2017. Today (August 8, 2017) is day 0053. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0053.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0052

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

Lester A. Knibbs aka Doctor Hakeem

In the United States of America, every day is a Mass Shooting Day. It is no longer news. It is the new normal. (The “new normal”?! What is this — a fashion statement?) It should never be normal. We need to reject it.

Just as the daily news reports counted the days of the Iran Hostage Crisis, so should we count the days of mass shootings — until we put an end to it. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

  • Drop a teabag into a mug of water, and the water becomes tea.

    • What kind of teabag are you? Your character, your words, your actions affect the society the same way a teabag affects the water.
    • Somehow, we have become a bunch of teabags who create a Mass Shooting society.
    • Feeling that you cannot change things is the same sort of frustration that causes many people to reach for a gun.
  • The people church-goers claim to follow were people who changed things. And then the churches became refuges for people who want to keep things the same. This leads to frustration, because the problems that the founders addressed are still here, but are no longer being addressed.
    • If you go to church for the music — or some other form of entertainment — why not stop being dishonest and go where you really want to go? The presence of your body at the service is a quiet testimony to whatever doctrine is espoused. Is it what you actually believe?
    • Is your church, mosque, temple, tabernacle, or synagogue addressing issues of importance in the life of the society? Is it an uplifting house of enlightenment and compassion and intelligent commitment to reform and healing and helpfulness? If not, get the hell out.

Unless I hear otherwise, I assume that this day and every day is a Mass Shooting Day.

I started the count Saturday, June 17, 2017. Today (August 7, 2017) is day 0052. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0052.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0051

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

Lester A. Knibbs aka Doctor Hakeem

In the United States of America, every day is a Mass Shooting Day. It is no longer news. It is the new normal. (The “new normal”?! What is this — a fashion statement?) It should never be normal. We need to reject it.

Just as the daily news reports counted the days of the Iran Hostage Crisis, so should we count the days of mass shootings — until we put an end to it. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

  • There’s something honest about a gun.
    • Maybe, if we stopped being so dishonest with our words, guns would lose their appeal.
  • If you go to church for the music — or some other form of entertainment — why not stop being dishonest and go where you really want to go? The presence of your body at the service is a quiet testimony to whatever doctrine is espoused. Is it what you actually believe?
    • Is your church, mosque, temple, tabernacle, or synagogue addressing issues of importance in the life of the society? Is it an uplifting house of enlightenment and compassion and intelligent commitment to reform and healing and helpfulness? If not, get the hell out.

Unless I hear otherwise, I assume that this day and every day is a Mass Shooting Day.

I started the count Saturday, June 17, 2017. Today (August 6, 2017) is day 0051. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0051.

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