UPDATE: A thought:
When the Orlando nightclub tragedy occurred (remember that? All these multiple gun massacres are starting to blend into one another) the Second Amendment enthusiasts ("Life, liberty and the pursuit of firearms") all opined that the solution to the Orlando Nightclub massacre was more guns. If only liberal, pinko Obama would stop passing laws taking guns out of the hands of good and god and Muslim fearing Americans, then these tragedies wouldn't happen because they would be quickly ended by a good American with a gun.
Query: One nut killed five, trained and armed police officers, and shot seven more. And no one shot and killed him. Why?
Maybe being armed is not the solution. Maybe removing a few million of the guns floating around the streets just might be the answer. Seems to work in Europe.
“Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget
falls drop by drop upon the heart
until, in our own despair, against our will,
comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.
The summer of 2016 is turning into the summer of 1968.
This is not good.
Today we awoke to a tragedy in Dallas, where five police officers were murdered, and others have been injured in a cold blooded ambush. Earlier in the week all of us were transfixed, and many of us angered, by the actions of police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota where police officers took the lives of innocent men.
It has to end. Here's how the end begins:
We need to go beyond the labels of police officers, suspects, defendants, civilians, Americans, Muslims, Arabs, Christians or Jews and start with this: we are humans. We wake up in the morning to live our life, love our family, and return home at night to start it all over again the next day. We laugh, we cry, we listen to music, or paint, or cook, or read, and we have hopes, and dreams and desires and fears.
If you cut us, we bleed.
If you smile at us as we pass you on the street, we smile back.
But if you curse us, we get angry.
We all want the same thing- to live a long, healthy, productive , meaningful life, and leave this world a little better off than we found it when our time on this earth is over.
Once we understand and accept our humanity, we can see people as people, and not the artificial labels we place on each other. Five cops didn't die in Dallas Friday morning. Five human beings died. Human beings who loved their family, and who woke up to start their day without any inkling that their life was about to end.
Five human beings died in Dallas Friday morning who had every right to live their life to the fullest. Just like a human being died in Minnesota this week, and another in Louisiana. All of these men are united by one simple fact- they were human beings who had every right to live their life and their life was ended. Their life was ended by evil, or intolerance, or fear, or misunderstanding, because those who ended their lives didn't see them as people- they saw them as cops, or perps, or black males, or suspects.
That's how evil and fear start- by de-humanizing people by applying labels that are meaningless.
We are a nation on edge.
We are a world in crisis.
This has to end.
Where is our Bobby Kennedy?