Tommy Jordan And The Path Of Parental Redemption
It was just a month ago when a entire nation was shocked
to witness a gun-toting, cowboy hat-wearing Tommy Jordan unload nine shots from a handgun into his daughters laptop. The aftermath of the event led to visits from Child Protect Services and the Department of Social Services, online commentators calling Jordan everything but a child of God, and a surprisingly high number of supporters.
Clearly remorseful but still staunch in his reasons for his actions, Mr. Jordan and his family have rallied around each other despite many thinking their situation was much more explosive than it was. I dare say the Jordan family may be a tighter unit than any of us could have ever expected.
Jordan, his daughter Hannah Marie and his wife, Amy, all appeared on
NBC morning program TODAY show with host Matt Lauer. When Lauer asked Hannah her feelings about her dads actions, she clearly has processed the moment far quicker than America has. We went our separate ways for a while, but we were able to laugh about it afterwards, she said to Lauer. Hannah did say her father overreacted but that she ultimately accepted his actions.
Jordans wife, a doctor, also supports her husbands actions and apparently gave Tommy the green light to destroy their daughters laptop. People may look at the video that don't know him or us and think we're just completely uneducated country people. Thats not the case. Hes very intelligent, very thoughtful. He rarely does anything without thinking it through or even consulting me on a lot of occasions. This wasn't any different, she shared.
On air, Tommy Jordan admitted to his mistakes which he and his wife said was inspired by his daughters initial mistake. Both mom and dads overall point: watch what you say online because it can come back to haunt you. Don't post anything on the web you don't want the entire world to see. That was why we were upset with her in the first place and all of this has driven the point home, said Mrs. Jordan.
Another moment that folks should notice was that of Mr. Jordan revealing he did indeed save Hannahs hard drive from the same fate her laptop suffered. He looked his daughter in the eye and told her point blank that when shes allowed to have a computer again, she can access her old files.
Like any other family, the Jordans arent perfect by any means. Tommy Jordan realizes that his shoot-em-up stunt has made for weighty consequences for he and his family. But together, it seems like theyre working it out just fine. Perhaps its time to let this story rest and allow a family to heal and find their path to redemption all on their own.