Monday, March 27, 2006

For My Friend

Sorry, but this may be my last blog post for a few days.

I follow the news pretty closely - read the details about the violence in Afghanistan and Iraq – see the photos of lives torn apart. I am steadfast against this war, but I must admit that I have no personal contact with anyone in Iraq. I don’t know anyone who has lost their life or been injured in the fighting. So while I empathize with those who have been affected – I can only try to imagine their pain.

Until last Saturday night, when a good friend of mine, a man whom I have known and worked with for more than fifteen years was randomly and brutally gunned down in a parking lot as he left a restaurant after having dinner with his wife.

The gunman was apparently despondent over a marriage breakup and getting fired from a job. There are reports that he may have been a meth user. He took a 12 gauge shotgun and went on a shooting spree - determined to take out as many innocent bystanders as he could. My friend Jon, as they say, was just at the wrong place at the wrong time.

So now what?

Two sheriff’s officers shot the man responsible. He now lies in intensive care at an area hospital. Like with the War, I am also steadfast against the death penalty. But this may test my resolve. Today I found myself hoping that this “waste of life” would just die of his wounds. Not out of revenge, but just to save my friend's family the pain of a trial and maybe a future execution. I don't think anyone could take solace in anything this monster might have to say.

Sorry to bum you guys out. But this is obviously what has been on my mind for the last two days. Jon was a good friend and a dedicated husband and father. Everyone liked him and we are better people for having known him - even if he was a Denver Broncos fan.

Rest in peace J.J.

9 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear about your friend!

    Incidents like this are a reminder of how fragile life is, not just for those who are sent to fight in war, but for all of us!

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  2. I'm sorry. I'm really sorry.

    Mike

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  4. First and foremost, my condolences.

    This is a crazy incident and I would never wish this upon anyone.

    But people like seenos and yourself keep shamelessly plugging your views on the Iraq situation like mindless zombies.

    "Incidents like this are a reminder of how fragile life is, not just for those who are sent to fight in war, but for all of us!" - Damn, are you a parrot? Did you hear this on Fox News? A man was shot and killed in USA and I'm sure the Iraq was the last hing on his mind.

    You have now first hand seen the hyprocisy of your nation - a land of the free yet gun laws are akin to Iraq.

    Your blog is all about the 'poor' people being SENT to Iraq to fight.

    Pointless blogs and backing naked hicks as great political devices all mean nothing.

    Now you can see why your nation is one of the most hated on this planet and is, in the view of most of the world's population, an experiment that was doomed from the outset.

    I am not anti-American or racist or anything of the sort, but I despise Anglo-Saxon (in fact, all European) warping of the world - you have caused the greatest misery this planet ever saw (see slavery, colonial pasts, Hitler etc.) but you put yourselves across as the upholders of freedom and justice.

    How can the rest of us take you seriously when your past says otherwise?

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  5. Retardo - not sure of your point, but thanks for frequenting this "pointless blog!" I'm not sure, but I think there might even be some sentiment in your comment on which we agree.

    Oh, and thanks for taking the time to parrot the preceding condolences before launching into your tirade.

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  6. Giraffe10:03 AM

    It is a shocking loss, and we are so sorry that it happened.

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  7. Lost Wages Joe12:36 PM

    Sorry to hear about your friend, L-O. Take all the time you need.

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  8. I am terribly sorry to hear this...my sympathy.

    Good people are not so plentiful that we can afford to have them erased by madmen...who should have been suicidal before becoming murderous.

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  9. Thanks everyone for your kind words - even you Retardo.

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