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Ugly And Broken World
February 19, 2018

Our prayers go out to all in the state of Florida.

Yet another horrific ending to something that should not be.

I am putting wildlife and gardens on the back burner this week.

Instead I want to address, or give you my thoughts on the mass shootings and the topic of guns, or gun control.

Feel free to leave right now, or stick around and maybe we can find some answers.

We Live In An Ugly And Broken World.

Gun control is not the answer.

Guns have been around for centuries.

Guns are what helped America become a Free Nation.

It is too easy to blame guns.

That takes the Responsibility, and Accountability from you and me.

It becomes a society issue, my friend.

Too busy running the rat race you can't win.

Look at all the warning signs that are missed and ignored.

This is a regular thing.

Always too busy to see what is going on around us, and in our own family.

Push the blame on someone else or another issue.

How many times do we say, or hear "Yeah But"?

Accountability, this is what I try to teach kids and grand kids.

Don't blame guns.

Again I will go back to the early 1960's when God was removed from our schools, followed by court rooms and other government properties.

Next came what is freedom of expression in art.

No longer were songs about walking the beach, gazing into your eyes, or holding hands in the moon light.

No longer was heck or darn the strongest language used on TV programs.

So much of the music the past couple of generations listen to is filled with language that would make a sailor blush.

Just about every word can be used on public television these days.

Premium channels give you the works.

Never mind the message many of the advertisements sell.

As long as it is allowed, so called artists will continue to push the envelope.

As long as we walk around with blinders on, degrading filth will continue to eat at our morals.

Which in return is passed down to our youth.

'Monkey See, Monkey Do', so to speak.

Kids see and hear, kids do and speak.

It's not about guns, trucks or planes.

And that's not enough.

Many of you remember the days when high school had open doors, and no security guards, no metal detectors.

About the worse thing that happened was someone getting caught smoking in the restroom and getting kicked from school for a few days (no I wasn't one of them, were you :-) ).

By the time Yolanda was in High school, picture I.D. tags were required.

Now doors are locked at all schools.

Don't blame the guns.

Blame the lack of family structure or life.

Stop giving a child all of the latest gadget and toys.

Instead, give of yourself.

We all need love, to be touched, tickled, chastised when needed.

Play game with your kids.

Talk to them and listen back.


These are of more value to anyone than the latest brand name.

Spending time with family builds a bond, builds strength, and character.

That means getting your face out of the TV, or your Lap top, or other device.

That means your child putting down their devices.

There are countless activities to get involved in.

Families with a strong faith can handle most things that come their way.

We are Christians, and have a strong faith in God.

We don't require all of the latest and best.

When my grand kids come to visit, I make an effort to do things with them (their parents get them the latest and best :-( ).

Sure, they want to turn on the TV, I try to avoid that.

In the past, we have built model cars together.

Built things with Tinker Toys and Lincoln Logs.

We go for hikes.

Break out the telescope from time to time.

Yes, I've been known to let a certain little girl help me plant flowers.

All the while, we talk, answer questions, and can even get in a bit of teaching and talks about God and creation.

These my friends are the real issues.

Responsibility and Accountability.

Not Guns.

Single parent households.

Mom and dad both working.

Latch key kids with no one to.

Too busy for one reason or another.

But what about the rich kid that has everything money can buy, but not the things money can't buy.

You may know a family in your area that is well off, but one of the kids went bad.

Into drugs, getting in all kinds of trouble.

When all they wanted was some love and discipline.

Think I'm wrong .......

"He who with holds his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him diligently".

Proverbs 13:24

God didn't put this in the bible for no reason.

It is there for a reason.

Nope, no we have to give our children a time out, instead of a swat on the seat.

Which one is going to leave a lasting impression.

And don't forget taking away the spirit of competition.

What is the scene of playing if you can't win.

When I lost, I would try harder or practice for the next game.

That build strength and character.

And while you are at it, attend some of your child's/ grandchild's events.

This is what they need and they wont look for trouble (attention).

"Discipline your son while there is hope, And do not desire his death".

Proverbs 19:18

What about teaching kids a work ethic?

I still maintain that every boy should work at least one week on a farm.

Then he will know what work is.

Spend time with your children and grand children.

Take the devises from their hands.


Love them, encourage them, teach them.

Get involved.

Pray together.

Attend a church together.

Shall I continue?

Accountability, Responsibility.

It not the gun.

Make a difference.

I'm going to end with two real life stories that happened around here.

About 12 or 13 years ago, on a Friday night, at a local roller rink.

A 15 year old boy pulled out a gun and shot another young man.

The boy died.

A few days later (this was shown on the evening news), after his arraignment, the 15 year old said this, "Can I go home now"?

"Can I go home now"?

So clueless.

So desensitized.

The magnitude of his crime couldn't even register.


Who dropped the ball on this one?

How Sad.

The other story was just a few years ago.

An 11 year old boy hid a knife at a play ground with intentions.

A nine year old boy minding his own business was fatally stabbed.

The boy was hoping the police would kill him in return.

The 11 year old was so emotionally battered, he wanted to die.

Records showed that CPS dropped the ball more than once.


The mom and step dad had abused this boy so bad, he himself was hoping someone would take his life.

I wanted to love on this boy so bad.

A life gone, lives forever altered.

Responsibility, accountability, where are they today?

It's not the gun, or in this case a knife.

There are always weapons.

Cain used a rock on Able.

Do we ban cars or trucks?

What about planes?

If we allow the right to bear arms to be taken from us, what is next?

Freedom of speech?

Your civil rights?

Banning guns so only the bad guys have them, would lead to anarchy, just my opinion.

Choose the right path people.

Get involved.

There are many ways to spend time with your kids.

Don't forget the all important touching.

Holding hands, an arm on the shoulder, a pat on the back.

An encouraging word.

Chastising with love.

Love and touching are priceless, even for you and me.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive quote for the day.

God Bless.

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around"

Leo Buscaglia

From the word of God.

"Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it".

Proverbs 22:6

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,

We borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb.

A Blessed week to you .

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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