Jim Denison on the Safest Way to a Joyful Future

Here’s a sign of the times: a high school in western Michigan has been renovated to protect against a mass shooting.

The design takes a cue from World War I trenches that were dug in zigzag patterns so the enemy could not shoot in a straight line down the trench. In a similar fashion, the Michigan school added curved hallways to reduce a gunman’s range, barriers to provide cover and egress, and classrooms that can lock on demand and hide students in the corner, out of a killer’s sight.

In related news, a school district in Colorado has provided buckets and cat litter for teachers to have on hand in case children need to relieve themselves during a prolonged active-shooter lockdown. The district has also supplied sharpies for writing the time tourniquets were applied.


It is obviously important to do what we can to minimize tragedies before they strike. But there’s only so much we can do to prepare for the unpredictable.

Nature is a regular threat. For instance, lightning struck a tree at the Tour Championship in Atlanta Saturday. The tree exploded, injuring six spectators with debris.

The New York Times reports that an eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano would produce a toxic ash cloud that would reach both coasts. It would destroy crops, ruin power lines and electrical transformers, block sunlight, plunge global temperatures, and cause farming to collapse. In short, according to a group of researchers, such an eruption would be “the greatest catastrophe since the dawn of civilization.”

An asteroid missed our planet last week but was undetected by astronomers until it passed us. A study shows that shark attacks in major metropolitan areas have doubled in the last twenty years. And Brazilian troops have been enlisted to fight unprecedented wildfires in the Amazon.


Diseases make the news regularly as well.

The CDC is warning of an “alarming” outbreak of drug-resistant Salmonella that has infected 255 people in thirty-two different states. And a New Zealand teenager made headlines over the weekend with the report that she may have exposed hundreds of people to the measles when she visited Disneyland and other popular tourist destinations.

Accidental tragedies are also an ever-present danger. A couple was married last Friday in Orange, Texas, then the groom drove them to the reception. Entering the highway, their car was struck by a truck pulling a trailer. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

No place or person on our fallen planet is truly safe.

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Source: Christian Headlines