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"God Only Knows" (Gun Violence in the United States)

by Richard Lawrence Belford

posted in Self Improvement

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I am a well-published Canadian Inspirational Writer who is completely disheartened by all the senseless acts of gun violence, especially in the United States and like the majority of people, am particularly appalled by the recent on air murders of a television reporter and her colleague.
The despicable monster that did this, not only had the police called on him once, so that he could be escorted out of a building due to his violent behavior, but were also called a second time because of a subsequent road-range incident.
It's about time that anyone known to the police for violent tendencies, as he certainly was, have their identification red flagged so they are banned from legally purchasing a firearm for the rest of their lives, whether they have been convicted of a crime, or not!
Now, although there is obviously nothing that can be done to undo or to even rationalize this coward's actions. This policy would not only alert police that a potentially violent person is attempting to obtain a gun, but would also go a long way to preventing many similar acts of gun violence in the future.
In the meantime, I truly pray that the following parable, coupled with the bible passage below brings some small measure of solace to everyone struck with grief, as a result of gun violence's heart-wrenching effects.
God Only Knows
Just as miracles are, God sent,
tragedies occur for reasons
known only to God.
Whether it is the gift of birth
or the loss of a life,
one cannot exist without the other.
The gift of life is just that.
The power of reason is the knowledge
there's no guarantee.
So, enjoy what you're given,
mourn what you've lost
finding comfort in, God only knows.
©2000 RichardLawrenceBelford
John 14:1-4: "Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going."
I strongly encourage anyone who reads this article, to please just simply take a moment to recommend, share or tweet its message in a unified effort that may not only help prevent future acts of gun violence, but also provide some much-needed support to all those who have suffered the tragic and unexpected loss of a loved one, due to its devastating consequences.
About the Author: Richard Lawrence Belford is an Inspirational Writer who illustrates his writings with photography, a married father of two daughters and the eldest of three sons who grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
He has been on an eighteen year creative journey that has allowed him to become well-published and has been fueled by his genuine desire to provide comfort, faith and hope to those in grief.
Richard invites you to follow him on Twitter @RichardLBelford or check out his website at: for further information.
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