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A Violent End to 2012

In less than two weeks, we’ll begin a new year. Sadly, in the past two weeks or so, we’ve seen some horrific acts of violence. Former Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, and then himself. Rumors in the media point to threats Perkins made to take the baby and all of his money and leave if they broke up, as well as the possibility that Belcher wasn’t even the baby’s biological father.

Then we have Jacob Tyler Roberts, who killed two innocent people at a mall in Oregon, then killed himself. People who knew him were shocked, and described him as a nice, quiet guy. He had recently quit his job, and also broke up with his girlfriend, and planned to move to Hawaii.

And last but certainly not least, Adam Lanza, who just a few days ago, killed 20 elementary school students, six teachers, his mother, and himself in Connecticut.

Normally the focus on here relates more to the treatment of women in the media and gender. I wanted to take some time to discuss what appears to be an increasingly violent end to the year 2012.

I think what all of these guys ended up doing was creating a permanent solution to temporary problems in their lives. Unfortunately, their permanent solution took others with them. Life is not easy for anyone, and some people really get handed a bad deal. But when I think of people I know who haven’t had it easy, they showed perseverance, resilience, and determination to make it. At the very least, they never thought of ending it all.

In a few short days, we’ll be starting the year 2013. I hope we can start it – and end it – without the violence that has characterized the past few weeks.

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