Tucson tragedy reminds us to help those in need

Lynn Moncus

As we look back on Saturday’s incident in Arizona, we can but wonder what lies ahead. We tend to remain in awe about what goes on in our country and continue to ask what can be done to prevent even one of the atrocities.

Because we feel almost as if we are on the scenes as such crimes occur, we are just about as shocked as those present. We know we are not forced to watch our television sets, but many of us want to know exactly what is going on and want to see and hear as many details as possible. We live through such incidents vicariously but we still can but imagine how those on the scene really felt.

We can’t begin to know their fear or feel their pain, but we are much aware of the horror of the situation. We have our own feelings as to what should happen to the

person who caused that fear and pain, but, again, we are at a distance and are unsure of just how real those feelings really are. If we have been unfortunate enough to be involved in serious incidents, we have what we think to be more realistic feelings, but we still know we need to back off a bit and do some serious thinking.

As we watched the reruns of the same scenes throughout the weekend and listened to the numerous updates, we kept wondering just how such an incident could occur in our own country, in our own neighboring state. If we can learn a little about how it happened, we might be able to prevent such an incident in the future. Even though we have trained personnel, we know they cannot be on hand at all times and cannot know when someone is going to lose perspective as did that young man.

We can all be more alert to the actions of those around us and can offer to help anyone who seems to be having trouble. If we don’t have the knowledge to help them, we can call someone who does and try to prevent major problems. All too often, we tend to ignore what is happening around us so we won’t have to become involved. For some reason, we’d rather let someone else become involved. Maybe we are just a little shy about becoming involved. After all, it is easier to let someone else shoulder the responsibility.

We could surely take lessons from the woman who grabbed the gunman’s arm even after she had been shot and from the two men who stopped him from harming any more people. We know we have been taught to reach out, but unless we have been in dangerous positions, we really don’t know how much courage we have.

Let’s just hope we won’t have further incidents to witness and most definitely that we never have to be involved in such horrible scenes.

Lynn Moncus is a resident of Tucumcari and can be contacted through the Quay County Sun at 461-1952.