“To Care For Him Who Shall Have Borne The Battle”
This Wednesday is Veteran’s Day when we both remember and honor the millions of Americans who have served our country in the military.
I want to concentrate on one in particular:Â Andrew Alan Myers.
A Saturday Morning Bike Ride
Andrew Myers was on a bike ride Saturday a week ago in downtown Colorado Springs.
Myers was riding on North Prospect Street when he encountered Noah Harpham.
Harpham was carrying an AR-15, a 9mm pistol and .357 revolver, all legally purchased.
Harpham shot and killed Myers using the AR-15.
A Decorated Veteran
Like thousands of personnel serving in the post 9/11 military, Andrew Myers was deployed numerous times.
Stationed in Germany for ten years, he endured three tours in Iraq where he serviced helicopters.
He was a decorated veteran with two young sons.
Myers served his country in a war zone only to return home to be slaughtered in broad daylight in the town where he lived.
But, it gets worse.
He Begged for His Life
It must have happened in seconds but Myers assessed the situation enough to know his life was on the line.
This young man who risked his life fighting a war begged for it at home, saying, “Please, God, no. Don’t shoot me.”
No mercy was granted to Andrew Myers.
Let us all recoil in horror at the manner and the terror surrounding his death, on the streets of our country.
He begged for mercy and was shunned.
Blood on Your Hands?
Our national main street, Facebook, is full of memes espousing support for veterans and active duty personnel; it’s nothing more than “push button” fake concern.
Facebook is also clogged with messages extolling the virtuousness of unfettered firearm possession often with a “militia flair” connecting up constitutional rights with the supposed defense of our country.
Limitless firearm possession also becomes symbolic of a pro-military and fake patriotic ethos.
It’s more or less true that we live in a constitutional democracy where people express their views by voting and elected leaders create laws to reflect those views.
That’s exactly how US firearm policy makes it so easy for Noah Harpham to make Army veteran Andrew Myers beg for his life and then murder him anyway.
If you are content with the current state of “guns in America”, if you think more guns are better, than your finger was on that AR-15 trigger just the same as Harpham’s because you just can’t have it both ways.
“Man-up” and claim your success.
Maybe there’s even a meme on Facebook you can select and send.
Happy Veteran’s Day.