Well last night I was watching PBS' documentary on the Oklahoma City bombing.
I was born in Oklahoma City and was in my law office on the morning of the bombing. Two of the women from our Church were killed and close friends who worked for the Water Resources Board and Small Business Administration were injured and scarred -- in more ways than one.
What I really remember were several days of everyone driving around with their headlights on as if they were going to a funeral -- of course, many were. The grief seemed overwhelming and the trees seemed to grow much taller to comfort us.
The thing is it is now 20 years after the bombing, and we needed a documentary to tell us what somebody thought it was all about -- because Lord knows we didn't know.
AND that is often the case with the message sent by acts of violence. The message received is really, "We better take this guy out."
I'm such a fan of Stephen Covey quotes, one of which is, "If you are not both winning in your marriage, you're both losing."
Well, there's a lot of truth to that in society too -- we can't discriminate against people to make someone else happy AND we can and should be reaching out to citizens to help them succeed in our often less than fair society.
Because if we don't reach out and support our citizens, they are going to seek that support where ever they can find it AND in some cases that can be very, very dangerous.
1 year-old Baylee Almon -- killed in the Oklahoma City bombing.