My Heart is Heavy Today
I thought my weekend was horrible because I spent Friday in ER with head pain that had gotten out of control. But the pain that lingers is nothing compared to the pain of the families who lost loved ones in the two mass shootings on Saturday. Nor does it begin to touch the pain of those who were injured.
When will it ever end? When will we ever learn? I keep asking those questions over and over on my blog, and I’m not alone.
And then we see posts like this on Facebook. Shared with permission:
On Dave’s birthday in 2012, the nation mourned the children and adults killed at Sandy Hook Elementary.
On my birthday in 2017, the nation mourned the 58 who died at a concert in Las Vegas.
Today, on my son’s birthday, the nation mourns the 20 killed in El Paso and the 9 killed in Dayton.
Marking birthdays with mass shootings is a uniquely American possibility.
Does the hateful rhetoric from White Nationalists hold part of the blame for recent tragedies?
Beto O’Rourke spoke out Sunday Morning answering that question, saying unquestionably that it does. And the hate speech starts at the top in Washington D.C.
“We also have to acknowledge that that the open racism and intolerance and hatred that we are seeing throughout this country Being echoed by the President of the United States who encourages this kind of hatred,” he said.
Does the proliferation of guns, especially assault-type weapons hold part of the blame?
Yes it does, and we can thank Mitch McConnell, the Majority Leader of the Senate who has refused to bring gun control bills that the House has voted on to the Senate floor.
And we must lay part of the blame on the gun-manufacturer whose advertising says that men must have assault weapons to be a real man.
Jennifer Rubin had this to say in an opinion piece at the Washington Post
For decades now, Republicans have insisted mass murders with semiautomatic weapons are not reflective of a gun problem. I can no longer comprehend how such a ludicrous assertion is remotely acceptable. But in one sense they are right: It’s not merely Republicans’ indulgence of the National Rifle Association that puts Americans’ lives in jeopardy; it is the support and enabling of a president that inspires white nationalist terrorists — and even denies white nationalism is a problem.
That’s all for me for today, folks. I do hope we can go forward from here and find real solutions for the problems that all play a part in these horrible events. In the meantime, be safe – I really mean it. And be happy. I mean that, too.