Here in the U.S. of A., there’s been a pretty intense overnight scrutiny of a house in Montgomery, Alabama, where a suspect in Saturday night’s shootings in Auburn, Alabama was supposedly hiding.
As a proud graduate of Auburn University, I am chagrined at such a smear on our collective reputation, but deadly incidents have happened there before and will again. It is the nature of this life. And the Auburn family’s loyalty to its home and other members is evident, as it always is in times like these. So much love has gone out to those poor men who were injured and killed, and to their families and other loved ones.
But more than embarrassment, I feel a very deep-seated frustration and even anger at the perpetrators of this crime and of the (what? hundreds? thousands?) crimes that happen every day, just like this, all over this country.
Before you decide to steal, remember who works hard for that store, remember the people who pay for what they need or want and how you’re gonna be one more cog in a wheel of things jacking up prices for everyone. Before you decide to sell drugs, please look outside of yourself to the people you’re going to be killing. Before you decide to kill, please remember what it felt like – whatever it was that turned you into what you’ve become – and how just wrong it is to do that to another. And most of all, remember that you have to answer to the Big Man for what you’re doing just like the rest of us.
So pull up those pants and get over yourself. You bet I can feel empathy for your situation, but I have zero tolerance for exploiting others to get out of it.