Another Shooting, Another Tragedy Strikes
I look at the news, see the carnage, and what is the first thing I do? I look quickly through the article, the pull-up others, trying to see who the person is, is the Muslim, a convert, could this be a jihadist attack, who did the shooting? I quickly go through Facebook see posts that claim the shooter and his girlfriend are recent converts to Islam. I hurriedly read through the claims looking for anything that will support this claim, find myself disappointed that I see nothing. Then I realize I have become just like most of the reporters I despise.
I have always prided myself on waiting until the facts come in before making a judgment; people would scream. I have been called many names over the years since I will not jump to a conclusion until I see all sides presented. Remember a couple of years ago in the killing in Ferguson and other places; I would be called a racist, a white supremacist because I would not jump on the bandwagon and condemn, but refused to move until I saw the facts presented. I felt justified in waiting. I saw a president come on TV, say in front of others that a person who was killed could have been his son, seen politicians jump on the bully pulpit make the accusation, accusations by the way they never seem to recant, it does not play into their narrative, if they can stroke the hatred and division, they will instead of correcting a wrong jump from one narrative to another. We saw this with a trickle during the Obama years; now, it is no longer a trickle. It is a cataclysmic flood.
Now please don’t misunderstand, what happened in Las Vegas was terrible, such loss of life is unfathomable, but we have become so jaded to death, rather than sit back in shock for the victims, our hearts breaking for the family, we right away start to see conspiracies, you have one side screaming this is due to lack of gun control, blame everything on guns, like they can shoot anyone by themselves, promise no gun has ever murdered anyone in all of history, but people using a gun have done this countless times; on the other side of the issue you have people who reacted as I did, still are, looking for a terrorist, think the Muslims are behind it, not saying the reputation is not deserved, the simple fact is if you pull up a list of terrorist attacks around the world over the last 25 years you see that 97% of all terrorist attacks have one common denominator, they were committed by Muslims. But this is not the time to start to press the blame; we need to sit back and take time to mourn as a nation over what was lost, allow the authorities to search for that and who was behind this; was this a lone wolf attack, a psychotic nut, a religious fanatic, a person full of racist or ideological hate? At this point, we can only guess; we have no way of knowing.
So my prayers go to the families; I can imagine the grief I would feel in my heart if this was one of my siblings, nephew or nieces, my child, spouse or parent; this is where we need to concentrate on now, let’s as a nation take a moment to send love to the ones that have lost so much in a tragic moment, our empathy and caring is what has always made this country great, we saw this in the past, people from all races, political persuasions, and religious backgrounds forget all that at that moment, we realize that we are Americans, this is the glue that holds us together, instead of being divisive maybe we should look at what holds us together. This is not a democratic or a republican thing; this is an AMERICAN state of mind. We need to find once more what has made us the great nation we are, hang on to it, then hold on to each other as we move past this tragedy, knowing we have weathered far worse; help the ones that are in pain, give them comfort, then turn in our righteous anger over whom or what caused this so it can be stopped before it ever starts again.