The gunman killed EIGHT people in this Pittsburgh synagogue.
The gunman shot FOUR police officers.
He was taken into custody ALIVE.
Yet innocent and unarmed black men die every day in interactions with law enforcement like traffic stops?
We need to stop racism
We need to stop anti-semitism.
We need to keep guns out of the hands of violent and hate-filled white men.
Most importantly, we need a President of the United States who does not spend every moment inciting angry, hate-filled white men to commit violence against those he identifies as enemies.
When asked for a comment today (while on his way to yet another hate-filled rally where he will single-out enemies of the state and suggest these enemies meet violent ends), President Trump said that if the temple “had some kind of protection” that “it could have been a much different situation.”
Twelve people shot.
Four members of law enforcement shot.
But sure, if the mohel were packing a Glock instead of foreskin snippers, maybe the congregants would have been safer?
We need a Congress that cares more about American lives and public safety than they do about their rating from the NRA. Today’s gunman was yet another hate-spewing middle-aged white guy with anger issues and a long history of expressing his views (and his threats) on social media. I will make this as clear as I can, and I know the courts (especially the Supreme Court) have disagreed recently, but…
THERE IS NO RIGHT TO GUN OWNERSHIP WHEN YOU PRESENT A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO OTHERS.
THERE IS NO RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH WHEN THAT SPEECH INCITES VIOLENCE OR CAUSES A GRAVE AND IMMEDIATE THREAT.
The rights afforded by the 1st and 2nd Amendments, and unfortunately perverted by so many state legislatures and validated by judges in many cases appointed by the same politicians enacting the laws, ARE NOT ABSOLUTE.
In ten days, Americans will have an opportunity to vote, and to cast those votes toward changing the way Americans view and treat each other.
Americans will have a vote to express how we feel about guns, and hate speech which incites violence, and about the leadership Congress and state legislatures should display where the safety of Americans (especially, children in schools or congregations at their place of worship) is the highest priority.
On November 6th, vote as if your life, or the lives of those you love, depends on it.
Because it does!