Each and every time something like the massacre in Aurora Colorado occurs I wind up being forced to defend America. I suppose these things come with the territory; being an American citizen and all living on an island where the crime rate is about 007% I suppose it’s
understandable why people would say such things like;
“I could never live in America”
Usually I just respond with the ever so witty
“Who asked you to”?
Another one I get is this;
“Why would anyone want to live in such a dangerous place as America?”
Keep in mind that this is coming from someone who lives on an island where there is only one ambulance…I think that’s far more dangerous but then what do I know, right?
Yep, thanks to the James Holmes’ of the world America as well as Americans get a bad rap. The perception is that Americans are these gun toting nut jobs and that America is a cross between the Wild Wild West and New Jack City. Throw in a little Jersey Shore to add some flavor to the mix and welcome to my world.
So, here we go with my defense of America....and Americans.....again!
James Holmes certainly doesn't define America or Americans, at least not the America....or Americans that I know of. He is an aberration and hardly the norm. I'm not a psychiatrist….nor do I play one on TV, but judging from what I read I would say Holmes is a guy looking for 15 minutes of fame and doesn’t care how he goes about seeking it. The fact that he’s still alive (most of these guys wind up committing suicide) makes me think he enjoys all the attention he's getting no matter how much misery his cold calculated premeditated pity party has caused.
Hardly the America or even any American I personally know.
Are there parts of America that are dangerous? I’d be lying if I said there weren’t but the same thing can be said for any, and I do mean ANY, city, state, country or whatever. Aurora Colorado wasn’t a dangerous community before this horrific tragedy and it isn’t one now and to use this tragedy as a way of judging America or even Americans is just as tragic as what occurred to those innocent victims of an attention seeking monster.
Would you really like to see the America….or Americans that I know?
Let’s go back to Aurora….and use that as an example of the America...and Americans that I know. Look at the outpouring of sympathy and support that community….and much of the USA have shown towards those folks grieving the loss of their brothers, sisters, mothers, sons and daughters. Total strangers become friends as they support one another through the most difficult days of their lives and a community rocked to it's very core finds the strength to move forward because their fellow Americans have their backs either publicly or privately through the power of prayer.
That's the America....and Americans that I know. Thanks again for allowing me to point that out!