Two mass shootings in less than 24 hours.
Twenty-nine families irrevocably changed forever.
One killer a white supremacist nut. Another a left-wing Antifa nut.
Left-wing pundits and politicians blaming Trump because the El Paso terrorist echoed his rhetoric. Right-wing pundits and politicians pointing out the Dayton terrorist echoed the rhetoric of AOC and Sanders.
Presidential candidates all posturing and pretending that
they have the solution that would stop all this – but they never actually
specify what that is. And there’s a
reason. There is no political solution
to hatred. There’s a spiritual one, but
not a political one.
So the situation seems hopeless. Seems.
But it’s not. Why not? I know this seems so anecdotal, so isolated, maybe
even so simple. But look at this:
That’s a video taken outside a blood bank in El Paso. Those are people who aren’t on Twitter. They aren’t concerned with blaming people or
pointing fingers. They’re there to offer
their blood. They overwhelmed the blood
banks. And the ones who aren’t offering
their blood are handing out free pizza, free Gatorade, free water. And by “free” I mean free to those who are
there to help. It was purchased or donated
by others who are there to help. Real
And notice something else about those Americans. There are white ones, Hispanic ones, black
ones, ones wearing yarmulkes, others crosses, others nothing but t-shirts and
One act of hatred meets a hundred acts of love. It is possible, even in this era, to put down
the cup of wrath we are so quick to pour out on others, and choose instead to
serve and sacrifice for our fellow man.
We see it in the wake of tragedy and terror. If we could learn to make it reality every
day, we still have a chance.