Once again, senseless violence has grabbed the headlines in America. But this time, instead of projecting rage I feel inside through writing a post in this space, I’ve got nothing. Nothing to add that hasn’t been added before. Nothing to shout from the mountaintop that hasn’t been shouted before.
In fact, my blog partner Greg(Ohio Realist) created a couple of posts in recent days for precisely the kind of weekend we have just experienced in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas. I would ask you to take a look at Scrapbook in America: Excerpts From The Pro-Gun Forums, and A Scrapbook Of Life In America: Mass Shootings And Our Second Amendment. Our inaction and rhetoric surrounding these attacks are hauntingly and ominously familiar from all the mass shootings we’ve had over the past three decades. Greg’s posts speak for themselves.
And instead of me weighing in on the most recent carnage, I’d like to close with a few comments from a man who is sorely missed these days. He needs no introduction. But the words he speaks today should remind us all of what we lost when he vacated the White House on January 20, 2017. On that day, honesty, integrity, dignity, competence, and empathy rode off into the wilderness … and it hasn’t been seen since.
Thank you for your service Mr. President.