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July 8, 2016

Dallas. St. Paul. Baton Rouge. Orlando. Staten Island. Baltimore…….

And yet the Senate won’t pass gun control laws.

The issues are multi-layered. It’s not a simple problem, nor will we find easy solutions.

“[R]egardless of the outcome of such investigations, what’s clear is that these fatal shootings are not isolated incidents. They are symptomatic of the broader challenges within our criminal justice system, the racial disparities that appear across the system year after year, and the resulting lack of trust that exists between law enforcement and too many of the communities they serve.” President Obama

Do we not have a racism problem in this country? Are we not a humane society? How long will we continue to let our society devolve this way?

I’m not afraid of the police. Yes, I am aware they can hurt me, but I am not, nor have a ever been a target for them.

And while I can entertain the notion that I would join the brave protestors around the country, and near my home, who shut down highways so their voices can be heard.  I won’t join them. Of that, I am afraid.

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Hundreds of protesters shut down northbound and southbound lanes of 880 during a protest in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, July 7, 2016 in reaction to the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philander Castile by police in Louisiana and Minnesota. (Courtesy of ABC7)

There are people like Micah Xavier Johnson. I don’t know his reasoning, but it’s likely he couldn’t bear it anymore. Perhaps he believed an eye for an eye was the only way. He chose to take matters into his own hands.

I’m all over the place here.  It’s too much for most people to process, to get a handle on. And what do we tell our children? That they have to be better, know more, listen and understand. Change the world.

 

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