Pump #8 ...
"The Real Litmus Test that Proves "All Lives Matter"
by Darwin Campbell, LoneStarPowerPages
Cypress, Tx- Before August 28, Chevron Pump #8 was just a place where people pulled up to fill their cars with gas.
Now it has become the birthplace of a new awareness that may become the fuel that positively changes the thinking or millions of Americans struggling to understand the climate of mistrust, hatred and suspicion that confuses and blankets the country surrounding questions and issues about whether any life matters.
The shots that killed 10-year Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth in Cypress, Texas struck a deep chord and touched millions round the country and world who heard about the cold-blooded killing that seems to have come about because of the poisonous rhetoric that fills media and social media airwaves promoting a culture of senseless violent actions against citizens and public servants.
Goforth's death has become the new shot heard round the world and should shake a nation at its very foundation into the true reality that every life matters and focus on the threat that the very safety and freedoms every American holds dear, no matter what community, race or ethnic origin is at risk.
Without getting a grip on this now, all the freedoms we presently enjoy are standing on the brink of Anarchy.
Shannon J. Miles, 30, a person who has been charged with capital murder in the death of Goforth.
According to Harris County Sheriff reports, Miles is accused of killing Goforth, 47, in northwest Harris County. Investigators said Goforth had worked an accident scene at around 8:30pm, then went to a gas station on Telge and West Road in Cypress as he was pumping gas.
Miles allegedly approached Deputy Goforth from behind, said nothing and fired multiple shots. Once Goforth fell to the ground, authorities reported that Miles fired more shots at the deputy. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A motive has not been fully determined, but many believe that it is linked to growing and continuous negatively charged rhetoric and the polarized climate between the police and some ethnic groups and communities who have raised questions over several citizen killings involving police across the country and among some who feel that law enforcement has targeted them.
Pump #8 has become a memorial to the fallen officer and a grim reminder of how cruel, manipulating and careless some can be to use media as a means to breath hate into weaker minds causing them to act on the good, the innocent and the protectors of society and of our freedoms and liberties. It also has given others an excuse for shamefully "acting out" allegedly in the name of justice for all.
Pump #8 is a wake up call and now has become the appeal and rallying cry from thousands of Catholics, Protestants, Christians, Jews and Muslims who recently took to the streets with a strong message demanding that people and society in America re-focus on God and "Loving Our Neighbors".
It is a quieter, calmer call for common sense, cooler heads and spiritual reasoning to prevail over the heavily reported and steady diet of anger, rage-driven and poisonous words that the media has allowed blasted before the eyes of young and old in this country.
Those careless and irresponsible actions encouraged more people to rally round evil and promote lawlessness, rioting, looting and the destruction of personal property in mostly minority communities that can least afford the damages and losses.
Civil disobedience does not teach disrespect, hatred or violence, but a non-violence and level-headed approach to peaceful solutions that result in real concrete change.
Pump #8 shows us the dangers of arm chair activists spewing mis-spun rhetoric that creates senseless violence and destroys lives and changes futures.
The results of this are indeed tragic.
Now, we have a 47-year old father who leaves behind a widow to raise two beautiful children without a father and a 30-year old man in jail facing the possibility of the death penalty.
The community has also suffered a blow.
It lost one of its most dedicated, beloved peace officers and freedom protectors - one who was characterized as one of the"good guys" and another Black male will be added to the millions of Blacks already trapped in the prison-industrial complex.
The real question about Pump #8 is when will all citizens of the United States from Houston, Tx. and Ferguson, Mo. to Baltimore, Md. to Cincinnati, Ohio and beyond learn and stop following national and domestic "rabble-rousers", start thinking for themselves and be influenced by the strong Spiritual and social values that built this country and makes it the best, richest and strongest in the world.
From the smallest fetus in the womb to the oldest person living on the face of planet Earth, “Every Soul Matters”.
Pump #8 should be cause for pause and for the Police, Politicians, Community, demonstrators and others across this great country to focus on the fact that God created us all and that when it comes to his creation..."Red, Yellow, Black or White, We are Precious in his Sight", thus We All Matter.
More Awareness Needed
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Most homicides in the United States are committed with firearms, especially handguns.
Homicides committed with firearms peaked in 1993 at 17,075, after which the figure steadily fell, reaching a low of 10,117 in 1999. Gun-related homicides increased slightly after that, to a high of 11,547 in 2006, before falling again to 10,869 in 2008.
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