I try not to write about violence and discord here but enough already! My condolences to the victim’s families and the Jewish community in Pittsburgh.
I’m going to put it out there because I’m frustrated for our society. I’m going to date myself here and say, “yes, in the 60’s there was turmoil. The Vietnam War, Civil rights protests, Two assassinations, US President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Cuban Missile Crisis (which today’s generation doesn’t even know about and the seriousness), The Chicago Seven, The Black Panthers, Patty Hearst kidnapping and along with that came a happier note, the first man landing on the moon placing the American flag proudly.
Yes, a time of unrest, uncertainty and fear. There were four presidents during that time, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. During this time, if memory serves me right, often not, but NO MASS shootings. My point is, today there is a lot of rhetoric and negativity that is being blamed for the turmoil and uneasiness politically but mostly for the shootings. Let me add, we had profound protests in the 60’s without mass shootings. Also, the guns were available to sane and insane. Responsible and irresponsible gun owners.
Looking back on April 20, 1999 http://Columbine High School massacre was the beginning and no end in sight, when it all began. During this time it was President Bill Clinton (Democrat) in office having to deliver a speech to the nation of condolences. (8 mass shootings) Following this administration came George W. Bush (Republican; 8 mass shootings. Barack Obama (Democrat, 24 mass shootings. Present day, Donald Trump, (Republican, 4 mass shootings) Table
The nation today is in a flux wondering who, what, why and who to blame. All presidencies have had mass shootings regardless of rhetoric. Period.
My Take: There is consistent hate towards cultures that are misunderstood creating an atmosphere and a divide. Is it ignorance of history? Is it not being taught in schools? Jewish culture, American Negro culture, Native American culture? Pioneer culture? Spanish culture? Ohhhh and lets throw in the American constitution at its original best. How many of us really understand what is on this great piece of paper? When and why it was even devised? With all that said, let us stop being ignorant and blaming the right and the left. Lets ALL meet half way and start calling ourselves Americans again. Forget the election of 2016. President is our President now. If you leave here getting nothing let me leave this with you, change is constant. Nothing remains the same. Not even presidents. Let us go forth and be a part of the solution and not the problem. Leave your guns at home.