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Mark Tobola

The Monster that is Facebook

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November 17, 2020

Today was one of those days I took just a few moments to look at the dreaded monster that is Facebook.  And I flipped through the "alerts" in Facebook... Saw a good friend got engaged and congratulated them.

And then saw someone post something and say something, as if to make some major point... to which I was seriously finding objection with!

So, I wrote and posted a carefully worded reply, and sent it off.

The image was of a younger lady holding an assault rifle in one hand and a bible in the other and dressed as though ready to go to church.

And the other showed a young person holding an assault rifle in one hand, a Koran in the other, and wearing military fatigues and a ski mask. And the caption said, "Isn't it amazing how Republican Christianity is starting to look a lot like radical Islam?"  I took one look at that and said, "One of these things is NOT like the other."

But I also took one look and said "Oh, that poor, misguided soul... in both pictures... is making decisions that are some of the least appropriate they can make."  And I also had the reaction of "What are these people thinking?" And the reaction of "Who would let their children make such horrid and misguided choices?" And then, upon that last question, I said "What parents are there right now who are enough of their family's lives to properly bring up their children so as to know why this is not appropriate?"

I support gun ownership. Sorry, folks. I think of a rifle as nothing more than another tool, like a socket wrench, hammer, drill, can of beer or kitchen knife. Why? In the hands of someone with poor decision-making skills, any of those things are deadly weapons. In the hands of a trap shooter, a mechanic, a carpenter, a cook, or someone who knows how to enjoy in moderation...  these things are not an issue.

And Parents can all attest to the fact that being present with your children, so they can be properly brought up and taught how to handle life properly, is a major part of the job of parenting.  And today, our Parents are so busy that it can be a big challenge to have enough time to perform our functions as Parents.  And why?  Because we are trying to give our children a better life than we had.  There is nothing wrong with that.

I think we are really blessed, or lucky, or fortunate, or however you want to say it, that we live in an area where most of us know the right way to approach these topics.  We have a good understanding of the right and wrong use of firearms.  We have the right approach to religion.  And we have enough time to spend with our families, so that they can be upstanding and proper citizens who can make solid choices as they move forward.  I feel sad that the two young people in those pictures, who are now immortalized for their choices, didn't have the opportunity to have the same type of place to grow up.


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Mark Tobola

Mark Tobola is a resident of Thorp and weekly columnist.

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