It is difficult to write about anything this time. The shadow of death and evil is so powerful that I feel like I need to breathe elsewhere, far away from so much violence. What has been happening in the country makes us think that there is no hope to face the hate that is spreading fast throughout the nation. I turn around and look at neighbors and friends and I know that we live in a small town where there has been a lot of friendliness but there is an underlying animosity against immigrants and people who are ‘different’.
Any human being who had to hear, read or watch the news lately was confronted with the following news.
At least three people were killed and 12 more were injured in a shooting at a garlic festival in Gilroy, Calif., on Sunday, the authorities said.
Comments to the story:
1- What have we become as a nation? It is more than ironic, it is chilling that we are so focused on a border wall to keep out people fleeing for their lives and in our own back yard we erect fences to keep out the deranged Americans who are bent on killing us point blank. What is wrong with this picture?
2- What’s so heartbreaking and sickening is that shootings have become so commonplace they’re not even the lead news story anymore. What type of world/country are we living in where this happens on a regular basis?
EL PASO — A 21-year-old gunman armed with a powerful rifle turned a crowded Wal-Mart store in this majority-Hispanic border city into a scene of chaos and bloodshed on Saturday, stalking shoppers in the aisles in an attack that left at least 20 people dead and 26 others wounded, the authorities said.
DAYTON, Ohio — On Sunday, Americans woke up to news of a shooting rampage in an entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio, where a man wearing body armor shot and killed nine people, including his own sister. Hours earlier, a 21-year-old with a rifle entered a Wal-Mart in El Paso and killed 20 people.
1 This is heartbreaking, saddening. And it’s OK to take the time to reflect on it and let the pain work its way through. And then, we need to act. Otherwise, we will live through this pain again, and again, and again. We need to figure out a way to pass sensible laws that will prevent too many of these tragedies. Let’s face it: we will never be able to prevent these entirely. There are over 300M guns in this country. We need to press our legislators - especially ones in Republican districts - to pass legislation that can reduce these incidents. If we don’t, this will repeat ad nauseam. Let’s take a stand *together*. We are not Republicans and Democrats. We are fellow human beings. We have sent our fellow humans to the Moon half a century ago. Passing gun legislation shouldn’t be that much harder. Enough.
2- This may seem cruel, but I don’t think most Americans really care as long as it’s not them or their families getting killed. It’s always thoughts and prayers until the next mass shooting to give more thoughts and prayers. It’s such an avoidable tragedy
I will not be asking for your comments, but I do hope that we take the time to think about this news and how can we have an effective conversation that will lead to a better future.
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