Mass Shooting Day — 0073

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 have self-styled religious leaders who are quicker to blame the massive sufferings of a natural disaster on what are (in their view) the sins of the society than they are to call on their followers to mount a serious effort to help those in need.
    • The biggest and all-pervasive sin of this society is that we are slaves to money, to materialism, to worldly gains. I’ve seen a video of one of the leading evangelists of the 20th century waving a Bible and proclaiming that Jesus approved of capitalism. Oh, really? “You cannot serve God and money” — but Jesus approved of capitalism?
      • And, at the same time, the struggle for health care is impoverishing tens of millions of people. Is this what Jesus meant by “Heal the sick”? Tens of millions of people are struggling to feed themselves. “Feed the hungry”? At last count — before we lost count, unable to count them — the number of homeless is over 1.5 million (the lowest estimate) and rising. While evangelists building mega-churches. Glittering temples to the money-god. Didn’t Jesus smash the tables of the money-changers?
    • The American people have chosen leaders who openly flaunt their faith in the money-god. Will they be surprised when those leaders reveal themselves to be heartless in the face of massive suffering?
    • Faced with the stresses of immediate personal catastrophe, why wouldn’t many of us just pick up a gun and start shooting? Who cares? (Other than the people about to get shot.)
  • Is your church, mosque, or synagogue addressing issues of importance in the life of the society? Urging their congregants to care? Urging their congregants to action?

    • Do the Muslims, the Christians, the Jews even know what their books are telling them?
    • 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 28, 2017) is day 0073. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0073.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0072

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.”

  • I am stressed out by advertising (among a bunch of other things).
    • Junk mail — much of it made to look like something official, occasionally I get sent the key to an automobile (really?), or I’ve won something (just sign the check, right?).
    • TV commercials, magazine ads, pop-ups on the computer — we are saturated with advertising.
    • AND MOST OF IT IS LYING.
    • Why don’t we decide that we want to live in a society free of constant lies?
    • Lies cause stress.
    • Stress leads to frustration.
    • Frustration often leads to homicidal violence. (Another Mass Shooting today!)
  • Is your church, mosque, or synagogue addressing issues of importance in the life of the society?
    • Do the Muslims, the Christians, the Jews even know what their books are telling them?
    • 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 27, 2017) is day 0072. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0072.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0071

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.”

  • People who call themselves Christians or Muslims and don’t read their books — the Bible or the Qur’an — need to SHUT UP and LISTEN.
  • What is the basis for your morality — especially if you are judging others, or trying to enforce what you regard as righteous behavior on them?
  • Should we be surprised when some frustrated person has HAD IT and starts shooting people?
  • Is your church, mosque, or synagogue addressing issues of importance in the life of the society?
    • Do the Muslims, the Christians, the Jews even know what their books are telling them?
    • 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 26, 2017) is day 0071. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0071.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0070

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.”

  • What are you personally doing to bring more compassion into the society?
  • Every little bit helps.
  • A kind word, or just a smile, can make a big difference.
  • Is your church, mosque, or synagogue addressing issues of importance in the life of the society?
    • Do the Muslims, the Christians, the Jews even know what their books are telling them?
    • 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. August 25 2017 was day 0070. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0070.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0069

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.”

  • People who regard themselves as “Evangelical Christians” have been strategizing for thirty years (or more) to take over the society — with the intention of enforcing what they regard as righteous behavior on the entire society.
    • How does this affect the situations and reactions of people whose lives are consumed by difficult problems?
    • How often does having no alternative to so-called righteous solutions lead to homicidal or psychotic violence? (In my case — personal experience — this seems to be the case.)
  • Is your church, mosque, or synagogue addressing issues of importance in the life of the society?
    • Do the Muslims, the Christians, the Jews even know what their books are telling them?
    • 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. August 24 2017 was day 0069. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0069.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0068

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.”

  • Words heal and words hurt.
  • A healing word might save lives.
  • A hurting word might cost lives.
  • Speak out of the compassion that is in your heart.
  • Is your church, mosque, or synagogue addressing issues of importance in the life of the society?
    • Do the Muslims, the Christians, the Jews even know what their books are telling them?
    • 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 23, 2017) is day 0068. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0068.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0067

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.”

  • Missed a payment? Hate your job? Children just got to have the latest thing-a-ma-jig?
    • Is everyday life just the same old struggle with no end in sight but a retirement with even less money and the same old bills?
    • Does anybody have an idea of changing things for the better?
    • Well, some people feel — or are — worse off than you. And they are on a hair-trigger, on the edge. And they have a gun.
    • So — maybe you and those you know could at least talk to each other about doing something to change things.
    • (Or you could watch football.)
  • Is your church, mosque, or synagogue addressing issues of importance in the life of the society?
    • Do the Muslims, the Christians, the Jews even know what their books are telling them?
    • 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 22, 2017) is day 0067. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0067.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0066

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.”

  • Poor white Americans:
    • Have supported the rich white Americans who hate and exploit them —

      • During the days of plantation slavery, when poor whites were marginalized by the wealthy plantation owners, who called them “poor white trash”. (Almost all of the Southern economy was controlled by a mere 8,000 families, according to W.E.B. DuBois in his classic — and overwhelming — tome, Black Reconstruction.)
      • In the Civil War, poor Southern whites fought ferociously to preserve an economic system that marginalized and impoverished them.
      • When the Jim Crow regime was established (around the beginning of the 20th century) and poor whites were given jobs previously held by blacks — in Wilmington, North Carolina, for example — the salaries were reduced. The rich and the super-rich pit poor whites against African Americans (and others) so that they can continue to exploit everybody.
      • Poor and working-class whites voted overwhelmingly for Ronald Reagan, who’s policies made the rich richer and the poor homeless.
      • Poor and working-class whites voted in large numbers for Donald Trump, who lies to them and makes promises he is neither able nor willing to fulfill. And even when his lies are exposed, they continue to support him.
    • In the meantime, there is a huge reservoir of hate and resentment, among white Americans, for African Americans, who have done nothing whatever to hurt them.
    • This sort of contradictory madness leads to violent behavior. Poor and powerless individuals and groups unleashing their frustration and rage on what they continue to think of as a convenient target — African Americans. But they also wreak havoc on each other — and especially on their women and children.
  • Americans are on edge. Employment is iffy. Having a home is iffy. Sometimes just one word is enough to send someone off the edge.
  • We are living with the ongoing crisis of homelessness, with the insecurity of our employment, with healthcare as a political football, with an epidemic of mental illness, and with an average of more than one Mass Shooting per day.
    • When do we decide that we really — really, really — need to change things? WE, not them. When do we decide to stop waiting for THEM to change things? When do we realize that demanding and demonstrating and protesting in order to get THEM to change things is not changing things? WHEN?
  • Is your church, mosque, or synagogue addressing issues of importance in the life of the society?
    • Do the Muslims, the Christians, the Jews even know what their books are telling them?
    • 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 21, 2017) is day 0066. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0066.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0065

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.”

  • Homelessness:
    • I couldn’t find any figures more recent than 2010. Why is that?
    • The figures for years between 2000 and 2010 indicate that about 1.6 million people experience homelessness each year, and that those who are permanently homeless has ranged from about 120,000 to 175,000.
    • Many Americans are living from paycheck to paycheck, and homelessness is barely more than one paycheck away.
    • Americans are on edge. Employment is iffy. Having a home is iffy. Sometimes just one word is enough to send someone off the edge.
  • We are living with the ongoing crisis of homelessness, with the insecurity of our employment, with healthcare as a political football, with an epidemic of mental illness, and with an average of more than one Mass Shooting per day.
    • When do we decide that we really — really, really — need to change things? WE, not them. When do we decide to stop waiting for THEM to change things? When do we realize that demanding and demonstrating and protesting in order to get THEM to change things is not changing things? WHEN?
  • Is your church, mosque, or synagogue addressing issues of importance in the life of the society?
    • Do the Muslims, the Christians, the Jews even know what their books are telling them?
    • 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 20, 2017) is day 0065. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0065.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0064

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.”

  • On the subway in New York City, a man falls down and has a seizure. Another man jumps up, calls on the blood of Jesus, and prays. Soon, he is joined by a circle of “saints”, praying and calling on the blood of Jesus. Later, someone asks the man who had started the prayer circle, what happened to the man with the seizure. Did he recover? “I don’t know. I had to go to work, and got off the train.”
    • In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, the Good Samaritan did not form a prayer circle over the man in the road. He gave the man practical assistance.
    • The man having a seizure needed practical assistance, without which he might die.
    • In our society, millions of people are in need of practical assistance (before they feel driven to do something drastic, like shoot somebody). How are they helped by prayer circles? The Almighty gave us hands to help people with — not just to clasp them in prayer.
  • The Parable of the Good Samaritan. Remember it?
  • Is your church, mosque, or synagogue addressing issues of importance in the life of the society?
    • Do the Muslims, the Christians, the Jews even know what their books are telling them?
    • 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 19, 2017) is day 0064. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0064.

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