Stop the Madness!

I just read that a group of teenagers — bored and looking for something “fun” to do — shot and killed a senior college student as he was jogging through an Oklahoma neighborhood.

He was a baseball player, and he and his girlfriend had returned to the States a week earlier from a trip to Australia, where his home was.

The trio involved in the killing, police say, are between 15 and 17 years old and shot the jogger in the back.

If that doesn’t make your blood boil, nothing will.

When are we going to stop the senseless violence — targeted too often against the young and innocent — in this country?

Now before I hop on my soapbox, I have to admit I firmly believe in the Bill of Rights, including the Second Amendment (the right to keep and bear arms). But that right was never intended, I’m pretty sure, to justify the killing of an innocent human being “just because.”

No, that Amendment was designed as a way for citizens to protect themselves and their communities from unlawful takeover by the government.

Every night we’re exposed to more stories on TV news about shootings and killings in our cities, and it distresses me.

Living just a few hours from Chicago (where more than 250 people have been gunned down this year alone), I listen in shock.

Just last night, another round of killings took place. This time, five men were shot along a route Chicago Public Schools had designated as a Safe Passage for kids.

Gang violence, they supposed.

How ridiculous!

Can’t we see what’s happening? We’re killing off our young people, our future. The promise of tomorrow.

And the ones we don’t kill we’re exposing to a level of violence and meanness their little spirits should never have to face.

Especially not at such tender ages.

I don’t know what the solution is, but somebody had better come up with one. And fast.

We can ill afford this lifestyle.