If Gun Regulation worked in Australia…

Thank God for people like Jon Stewart and John Oliver.  Since gun regulation measurements were passed through law in 1996, there have not been any mass shootings in Australia.  Even conservative, “I have a right to bear arms” politicians were grateful for the regulation.

So here’s my question:  If there was any chance that gun regulations would work to reduce mass shootings, isn’t it worth trying?  If another country has successfully reduced mass shootings, is it worth it to learn from them and try it?

I don’t want to resort to an ideology or argument about the right to bear arms.  I want to stay focused on reducing mass shootings and staying focused on the issue at hand.  Would you and I consider what it might look like to do something about the mass shootings and not simply argue about our rights to bear arms?  If regulating guns would work, isn’t it worth trying?

Ted Talk: Gaming and deathbeads

source:  http://blog.ted.com/a-game-that-heals-jane-mcgonigal-at-tedglobal-2012/

…hospice workers have released a report on the most frequently expressed regrets on actual deathbeds.

1. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
2. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
3. I wish I had let myself be happier.
4. I wish I’d had the courage to express my true self.
5. I wish I had lived a life true to my dreams, instead of what others expected of me.

On Seeking God’s Help…

A prayer of participating in God’s redemptive work…He’s not a puppet master that pulls strings.  He has created us to be coworkers, co-creators, co-participants.  That means we do His work WITH him.

“If I am actually to do it, I must ask for your help
and mercy, ask you to fill with wind the sails
I have hoisted for you and to carry me
forward on my course—to breath, that is,
your Spirit into my faith . . . and to enable me
to continue . . .”
(Hilary of Poitiers, 4th c.)