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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Shooting in Omaha

Imagine, living in Omaha and making a mall run to pick up a few Christmas presents. All of a sudden, you hear what sounds like a nail gun. Maybe you dismiss it as sounds of construction, or the like. When all of a sudden, people start dropping around you and you see a young man on the balcony shooting people....this scenario was very real yesterday in Nebraska.

I think after horrific crimes like these are committed, many of us are left wondering what to do. How can we prevent future slayings? How can we help the families of the victims? And then something comes up, or you remember something to add to your grocery list or someone calls...and nothing is done. I think as a nation, we need to choose to act in response to these blatant acts of senseless violence. Three good things you can do today:

1. Say a prayer to God, Zeus, the Universe or whoever you believe in. Ask for peace for the families.
2. Donate to their local United Way, which will provide financial assistance to the families...learn more about how to donate by clicking here.
3. Read the book called "The Gift of Fear" by Gavin de Becker. It might make you re-think just how spontaneous and unpredictable crimes like this really are. Click here to buy it.

One final thing I think we should lobby for in this country. Anyone who commits these crimes should never get their name mentioned or face showed in the media...ever. Let's send the message to murderers that their crimes will not be rewarded with fame or a media circus. Instead, you will just disappear and no one will ever know who you are. Now that's punishment...and a deterrant.

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