My father fought in WW II and Korea. I've always had the highest respect for him to risk his life, along with hundreds of thousands of other soldiers to protect us and our freedoms. Actually, any man or woman who today puts on the uniform and serves our country deserves some special attention.
Sadly, a World War II veteran, Delbert "Shorty" Belton, who was shot in the leg in the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, was given some special attention -- but the wrong kind. Two youths targeted the 88 year old veteran while he was in the parking lot of his veteran's lodge. They held him up, robbed him, then beat him mercilessly.
Belton's daughter-in-law, Barbara Belton, told NBC News that doctors said his face was battered so badly that they couldn't stop the bleeding.
"That was no way to have to die," she said. "They said even if he had survived, there probably would have been brain damage. It was horrendous."
One of the two alleged attackers (see picture above) has been apprehended. He's 16 years old. His suspected accomplice is of similar age.
And just a few days ago three teens, "bored", decided to go and randomly shoot and kill someone -- they did and killed an Australian baseball play who was just jogging down the street. Wrong place. Wrong time. Too many guns.
If there really was gun control and it was enforced, the jogger would still be alive. These kids were under-age to have a gun. If unlicensed and monitored sales of guns continue, anyone and everyone who wants one, will have one. That's where guns, by their existence, are killing people. It's hard to shoot someone with a gun if you don't have one.
But the cause of death for 'Shorty' wasn't a gun this time. But the root of this crime can be traced back to the same problem. It's the lack of jobs, education funding and after-school programs. All three of these need to be addressed and resolved or else we're going to be seeing more senseless, random killings. When will the GOP learn we need to address real problems, not crying over spilled milk -- Obamacare?
Below is the short video on not only the murder incident, but also an insite in the kind of man who was taken away from all of us, not just his family. Here's 'Shorty' Belton's story: