Sparkling or Still
What’s your idea of a perfect day off: one during which you can quietly relax, doing nothing, or one with one fun activity lined up after the other? Tell us how you’d spend your time.
Well, I don’t know. Every day is day off from sanity, it seems to me.
On Thursday, a man opened fire at Florida State University, wounding three people before he was gunned down by five police officers.
But the truly bizarre aspect for me was that that wasn’t the story. The story was that one potential victim was saved by God in the form of The Oxford Context of Wyclif’s Thought, a book he’d just borrowed for his religious studies course and stowed in his backpack, where it stopped a bullet on its very last page.
What’s more the shooting itself was apparently no big deal, being, according to the Police Chief, an “isolated incident with one person acting alone”. Which presumably makes it OK.
And you wonder why it worries me that my son is currently wandering around LA with no handy copy of Wyclif’s Thought protecting his back.
I’m sure you can come up with a multitude of reasons why my son is unlikely to be shot. But you see, to someone outside the US, the very fact that you have those reassurances at your fingertips is not reassuring.
Your gun laws are none of my business. Fair enough. But just for a minute, see it from the outsider’s perspective.
When a young man opened fire in a university library, the newsworthy fact was not that it happened, but that one bullet was stopped by a book.
I don’t know what that says to you, but what it says to me is that I’ll have a day off worrying about guns and bullets when my son gets home again.