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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • America's nightmare before christmas

  • This December 25 marks my 60th Christmas on this planet. Obviously, I don't recall them all, for several of them I was simply too young to remember. However, of all the Christmases past, I do not recollect any of them being as shrouded in sadness as the one that is rapidly approaching us in 2012.
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  • This December 25 marks my 60th Christmas on this planet. Obviously, I don't recall them all, for several of them I was simply too young to remember. However, of all the Christmases past, I do not recollect any of them being as shrouded in sadness as the one that is rapidly approaching us in 2012. Christmas Day can be a difficult time for many people who have lost loved ones even at other times of the year. Memories of Christmas past can be a painful reminder of their loss. For the people of New Town, Conn., painful will be a very small word to convey the devastation that hit that community on what will now give a completely different meaning to “Black Friday.” Twenty beautiful children and six brave adults lost their lives in an unforgiveable act of violence on that fateful Dec. 14 day. It was not the only tragedy that occurred as a result of gunfire that day. A female police officer, the mother of four young girls, was shot to death while attempting to issue a search warrant at a Memphis residence. Even Phillips County did not go unscathed by violence when wildlife officers were apparently forced to shoot and kill an Elaine man who reportedly attempted to run over a state trooper with his vehicle. I can't even begin to imagine the sorrow that will fill these homes this coming Christmas morning. We can call this America's nightmare before Christmas. It seems that many Americans have forgotten the true meaning of this holiday season. While personally, I don't believe that Dec. 25 is the actual day our Lord and Savior was born, it is a day our society has set aside to remember His birth each year. I have always loved Christmas, the fifth season, because it always seems to be a time of giving, loving, sharing and caring – more so than any other time of the year. Too many people in our country have become godless and violence oriented. However, guns are not the primary problem in this country, it is people being subliminally and openly exposed to violence through video games, movies, etc. True, guns are simply too easily accessible to mentally disturbed people who have no business of having them in their possession. Also, I still have not heard a logical argument from the National Rifle Association or any other proponents of guns for that matter for anyone, other than police or military, owning or possessing an assault weapon. They are not hunting weapons. They are weapons of mass destruction. I have heard reports that some Christmas decorations have been taken down in New Town. If so, chalk another one up for Satan who would love nothing more than destroy the Christmas spirit of this great nation. It is sad to have to write a column about the “most wonderful time of the year” in such a negative light. Jesus wouldn't want it that way. I believe He expects us to continue to pray and somehow forgive. In the end, I believe the true spirit of Christmas will shine even brighter than ever. There's a lot of love being poured out as New Town and our nation has to deal with this horrific event, an event that should never have happened. The stars will shine brighter in the heavens because 20 little angels have gone Home to be with Jesus. Let us remember them with all of the love possible in our hearts and continue to help make this Christmas brighter for someone else. In the end only love and forgiveness will overcome evil.
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