Good Day World!
It wasn't an ISIS inspired terrorist who shot Rep. Steve Scalise while he was practicing for an upcoming annual Congressional baseball game between the two parties Wednesday.
It was one lone deranged man. A white man. A man who hated Trump, and the Republican party with a sick passion.
The shooter, James Hodgkinson, of Belleville, Illinois had a long public record of crimes, including domestic abuse.
Using an assault rifle, Hodgkinson shot seven people before being shot - and killed - himself.
* Rep. (R-Pa.) said members of Congress should cut down the number of town halls they host due to security concerns.
Republican and Democratic lawmakers have been receiving various threats in the wake of the shooting.
The office of Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.), for example, reported receiving a message saying, “One down, 216 to go.”
Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-Calif.) said several Democratic House lawmakers were at the receiving end of threatening phone calls saying, "You guys are next.”
In a highly unusual bi-partisan emergency meeting in Congress, all members called for unity. Both sides saw the shooting for what it was:
A reflection of the deadly polarization that is tearing America in half.
A possible catalyst for more crazies that want to kill lawmakers.
A possible Civil War.
All the talk about banning Muslims from six countries to make us safe is missing the mark. The real problem is homegrown. Police and lawmakers across the nation have been saying this for years.
Politics have turned so toxic we have people like Hodgkinson who blindly hated Republicans to the point he was ready to kill some. The same is true for Democrats.
There is no way to stop a determined lone gunman from killing people. No matter how many laws are passed. So what's the answer?
It seems to me that we need a national dialogue about respecting people's opinions, and the art of compromise. Perhaps the two parties can fund efforts to bring all Americans together.
Numerous events could be planned to pursue a mission of peace among Americans. Rallies could be held showing unity.
Parades and picnics dedicated to bringing Americans of all nationalities together are another avenue for a proactive campaign to reverse the hate that has taken hold.
We just need someone to take the first step.
Time for me to walk on down the road...