I wanted to share my thoughts about the recent incidents in Texas and Ohio. I condemn, in the strongest terms possible, the absolute hateful evilness witnessed in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH recently. 

In the wake of such heartbreaking tragedies, I call on all of us to resist the urge to politicize these senseless acts of violence and resist the urge to demonize a whole group of people based on the actions of two deranged criminals. 

The shock that is felt after such traumatic experiences and the grief that endures from the loss of so many precious lives is shared by every single one of us, regardless of political ideology. I pray that we can find it within ourselves to view each other as fellow human beings and that we can simply acknowledge that commonality and attempt to console each other during this time. Shared painful experiences have a way of unifying even the greatest of divides. 

My heart aches for the loss of so many innocent lives. I pray that those affected will be comforted in their time of inconceivable pain. I pray we can emerge from such experiences united as fellow human beings and fellow Americans.

Pause for a moment before launching the political debate and partisan talking points. When the appropriate time comes, those involved need to take the time to educate themselves about facts and engage in reasonable and rationale dialogue without purely emotional responses driving the conversation. Solutions are only found when emotions are checked at the door. 

God bless us all.

 

 

None of this matters in my opinion. Evil is evil. I wish we could simply legislate our way out of this, but we can’t. Criminals, by their very nature, don’t follow the law. 

Stop looking to elected officials to save us from this insanity. Start with yourself and your sphere of influence. No matter how small or large. Be a positive influence in the lives of others. Love one another, be respectful and courteous when in disagreement. Be adults and take responsibility for your actions. When wrong, promptly admit it and do better next time. Stop listening to typical politicians and the news media who are driving this division and contention for personal gain. 

Stop seeing fellow Americans as the mortal enemy and start seeing them as FELLOW AMERICANS. Tone down the rhetoric, words matter. Stop being a keyboard warrior. Don’t do or say anything online that you wouldn’t have the guts to do or say in real life. 

It isn’t too late for this country to unite again. I still believe we have more that unites us than divides us. It takes real leaders on both sides to remind the nation of that often. 

Identify REAL leaders and VOTE them into office PERIOD. 

 

 

Personally I have serious issues with the "Red Flag Gun Laws" or "Gun Violence Restraining Orders". While the premise sounds like common sense, things like this are always used for ulterior motives.

What is to stop a vindictive person from making a false report that they fear for my safety and the safety of those around me? The idea that the authorities could confiscate my guns even temporarily violate several of my constitutional rights listed in the Bill of Rights.

Many Republican lawmakers including the Governor of Arizona and the President of the United States have voiced their support for these measures. Several states already have them on the books. I fear this will be pushed through without the proper level of debate and study something like this deserves. I don't believe any version of this law could guarantee due process. Therefore I would have to oppose this idea.

My Response To Republicans That Support Red Flag Law