I think these three front pages of newspapers around the nation sum up where we are in this nation today. A sad commentary.
President Barack Obama correctly called the fatal shootings of five Dallas police officers “despicable”. He also correctly once again stated the shootings highlighted the need for better gun control laws. Clearly a continued debate on gun control laws is required.
“When people are armed with powerful weapons, unfortunately, it makes attacks like these more deadly and more tragic. So, we’re gonna have to consider these realities as well.”
Democrats earnestly staged a 25-hour sit-in on the House floor last month to protest the lack of progress on gun control. After weeks of more stalling from House Republicans, Democrats again took to the chamber and this week holding the photos of gun violence victims and demanding a meaningful debate. Their requests were repeatedly rejected by conservatives.
What happened in Dallas was pure and simple a gun-related tragedy that requires action.
This nation sees far too often how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, church, movie theater, and just weeks ago in a nightclub which resulted in the largest number of deaths to date.
I have said over and over this all comes down to what kind of a nation we want to live in–what kind of a country we are.
When I see the spineless actions of those congressional Republicans who are controlled by the NRA we then have to accept the fact they are making wrong decisions on behalf of the rest of us.
We need to be loud and clear.
We are outraged over the gun violence and demand changes to our national laws.
I simply have no words that give voice to the sadness, and outrage that I feel about the news from Dallas. Watching events unfold last night on television was almost paralyzing. There was no way the news could get worse, and yet it did.
Eleven Dallas officers were shot and five of those murdered Thursday night during a peaceful protest over this week’s fatal police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota in what the city’s police chief characterized as a sniper attack.
The slaying of the five officers was the deadliest day in U.S. law enforcement history since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said it for everyone when making it clear that police are “brave men and women who do this job under great scrutiny, under great vulnerability, who literally risk their lives to protect our democracy.”
This outrageous crime was pure and unadulterated evil. And cowardly. If one can not express themselves about social problems without resorting to violence then they either having nothing to contribute in the first place, or are simply looking for a reason to kill.
This madness with unlimited and ever-more powerful guns in our nation must not be allowed to continue. It is simply reprehensible.