What do tattling, stalking and shooting have in common?
They are part of our society because people make up society. And people can be different, weird, loud, whiny, and some are downright crazy nuts.
I’ve been more reflective than vocal about the Colorado shooting, the Chick-Fil-A boycott and a predator-type stalking single young women that I minister to.
But now, I think it’s time to speak up.
Just so you know where I’m coming from. I’m a mom charged with a natural instinct to protect those I love from any threat. And it’s with this outlook that I’m trying to sort out what to think about this week’s happenings. And I believe that I am one of the “we” that is responsible for, not just the beneficiary of:
As part of the “we” and as a mom, I hate tattling.
Maybe the tattler thinks he’s helping the leader/parent stay informed, but most often it comes across as whining and trying to get others in trouble.
When my kids were little, I gave the tattler a talk-to-the-hand motion and said, “If there’s no blood, no foul, no one hurt, no life threatening situation, then I don’t want to hear any tattle tales.” Then I’d take my hand down, smile and ask if they had anything they’d like to say.
So when do you pull the trigger and rat out somebody? Hence this week’s struggle and reflection.
What to do about a stalker?
In the case of the predator, I coached the girls to cut off all communication, Facebook, etc, but the guy still kept at it. So, I called in the militia. I ranted about the situation with my husband and we decided to bring in another authority.
There you have it. I tattled.
I just could not stand the idea of the guy possibly following one of my young women home! Mom instincts, intact.
We the people… establish justice.
What to do about a shooter?
I also gave much thought about the wave of talk after the Colorado shooting.
No one can predict with certainty what they’d do in such a horrific situation, but I’m sure my first reaction would be to drop to the floor and scream like a girl. While on the floor, I’m sure my mom instinct would rise up. But what could I do to stop the perpetrator of such senseless evil?
When my husband and I first heard the news he said, “It’s time to become a licensed handgun carrier just to protect ourselves against crazies.”
The thought made sense. And I felt compelled not only to become licensed but also to become a marksman.
That way if I ever was in such a situation with my mom instinct on overdrive, I imagine that I’d get up off the floor place a little red dot on the perps shooting arm and blast away. Anything to knock him off his perfectly scheduled attack and allow the good people to take control of the situation.
I’m not saying I’d be the Lone Rangerette saving the day, but maybe an army of trained moms could. Mom instinct with a plan.
We the people… have the right to bear arms.
What to do about opinions
Now when it comes to the opinions thrown around about boycotts and Chick-Fil-A, I like everyone, have one. And we are entitled to our opinions.
“A free society can remain free only so long as dissent is tolerated…as opinions and ideas can be debated freely…” -Eric Metaxas
But here’s the rub. I fail to see any immediate danger, no blood, no one hurt, no life-threatening situation. Really people. One would think that Chick-Fil-A took teargas and machine guns and blasted at their customers and mall shoppers. There doesn’t seem to be anyone in need of protection. And I feel free to eat wherever I want.
So I tire of the tattling.
Talk to the hand.
I know the issues are deep and strike lots of emotion, but what do you think “we” should do? Make a comment please.
When is it right to tattle? Or to be the person who stops the tattling, stalking and shooting? What is right? Where’s the balance?
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