In light of the recent tragedies in California, Texas and Ohio, I cannot in good conscience write about anything else. We must all speak out.

Since the mass shooting at Columbine High School in 1999, such attacks have occurred with alarming frequency. We can still see and hear the victims.

Some went to church to pray. Many went to school to learn. Some went to a mall to shop. Others went to a concert. We see them on a college campus, at a dance club, and in a movie theater.

The screams. The running. The fear and the crying. The loss and the pain. There is no rhyme or reason. It’s all random. How much heartbreak can people endure? Where are we safe?

Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; Dayton, Ohio. Three mass shootings in less than a week. Life has been devalued, hate is spreading, and we continue to vote for people who have no desire to lead us out of the hole we find ourselves in, so invested are they in the dollars to be made and the power to be had. This is where we have been and still are as a country.

Most of us expected change to come rapidly

after the horrendous murders of the little children at Sandy Hook in 2012. Almost seven years later, we find ourselves with very little. Under President Trump, bump stocks have been banned and yes, that was a good thing. However, in February 2017, he signed a bill into law that rolled back an Obama-era regulation that made it harder for people with mental illnesses to buy guns.

Unless we act quickly, we are certainly headed for another disaster. We are governed by a man who frankly doesn’t have time to lead us properly because he spends every waking minute tweeting, trying to divide us, unleashing hateful rhetoric aimed at people, corporate entities and our allies. He apparently believes provoking and antagonizing is better than including and uniting.

Donald J. Trump perhaps believes that holding rallies with his base is governing. His base loves his vitriolic delivery and he loves them for being so easy to manipulate. Trump doesn’t even try to pretend he is the president of all the people. In this regard, I agree with his supporters: He doesn’t try to be something he’s not.

Trump has led us to a place where we are excluding others, not including them, a place where we don’t help others — in fact, we make their lives more difficult. He doesn’t just criticize someone; he calls them names and demeans them, then gets his supporters to take up the torch in a chant. He doesn’t want to assess and accomplish; he’d rather accuse and attack. It’s a method that has worked for him and one that has a certain basis in the childhood taunt “I’m rubber and you’re glue. Whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you.”

With Trump, it’s: I’m not a puppet. You’re the puppet. I’m the least racist person there is. You’re the racist. How about investigating the investigators?

The president’s attacks never seem to rely on facts and his lying is now legendary. He doesn’t care that what he says might have consequences. He and his minions balk at any suggestion that he should bear any blame whatsoever for violent incidents that arise.

I’m not having it. Trump’s behavior inflames. His rhetoric incites.

President Trump was at his club in Bedminster, New Jersey, when the mass shooting in El Paso occurred. He did not rush back to Washington to monitor the situation. He did not address the nation. He tweeted.

There will always be someone who will be encouraged by vile rhetoric to play God. Trump’s rhetoric is not going to change. Politicians who are owned by the gun lobby are not going change. The country has changed, however, since the U.S. Constitution was signed in 1787. Shouldn’t our gun laws change to keep up with the times?

Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Aurora, Charleston, San Bernardino, Orlando, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, Parkland, Santa Fe, Annapolis, Pittsburgh, Thousand Oaks, Gilroy, El Paso, Dayton. Schools, churches, concert halls, theaters, malls, stand-alone stores, and restaurants. Where are we safe?

We need to vote for those who we are certain are committed to getting things done that protect us. This would include a serious tightening of our gun laws. We need to make it clear that if you are in bed with the gun lobby, whether Democratic or Republican, your re-election chances are slim.

Patricia Weller writes from Emmitsburg. She can be reached at jpwburg2@gmail.com.

(52) comments

cleanrunoff

Everything is playing out just as it is supposed to. These sorts of events are simply "relief valves" that allow the buildup of animosity between clans to be relieved a little bit. As long as these events occur every few months, the pressure is maintained at a safe level, and the majority of folks in the nation are unaffected other than to enjoy the stability that comes after the fact. This is our system. The system works. Those who don't like it. don't try to change it, just leave.

rikkitikkitavvi

Hmmmm? Your observation is unique CRO. I need to think about that one.

wran

Well, you are certainly not safe in hospitals. You are about 500 times more likely to be killed by medical error or a fatal infection than dying in a mass shooting.

veritas

Under the guise of offering a column of thoughtful lament and perhaps some reasonable and legitimate theories of how to solve the crisis of violence, Ms. Weller quite predictably (considering her history of topic preferences) launches into another anti-Trump rant. The only thing surprising about her column is it took seven paragraphs to allude to Mr Trump and eight to actually use his name. If Donald Trump must assume guilt for inspiring the El Paso massacre, then Bill Clinton has Columbine blood on his hands and Barrack Obama Sandy Hook blood on his. And Elizabeth Warren must be considered a motivating force for the Dayton abomination. The Left’s response to the horrors of El Paso and Dayton is nothing short of ghoulish opportunism. The victims’ bodies had yet to be identified when the Democrat Presidential candidates began lining up at every available microphone and television camera to express outrage at the president for his “complicity” in the mass murders. The Democratic Party water carriers in the legacy media couldn’t wait to join the torch carrying candidates by amplifying their outrageous accusations. The Left’s hatred for Trump has caused it to lose its collective mind — and now, apparently, its soul too.

hayduke2

Spin and nonsense. Show me the negative rhetoric or vitrol that Clinton or Warren has spouted. If you can't, the whole premise of your response goes out the window.

rbtdt5

hay - "come on man" = no argument. "Spin" = no argument. "Nonsense" = no argument. Please learn some new replies or just start saying you got nothing.

rikkitikkitavvi

I see a trend don't you Rbtd5?

hayduke2

Guess you two don't understand the issue. Veritas said "If Donald Trump must assume guilt for inspiring the El Paso massacre, then Bill Clinton has Columbine blood on his hands and Barrack Obama Sandy Hook blood on his. And Elizabeth Warren must be considered a motivating force for the Dayton abomination. " I asked for him to provide the proof that they have used language like "vermin, invasion, muggers, rapists " etc. that would be similar to the president's rally speeches and could possibly motivate someone who is mentally unstable into action. I am still waiting to see it. Sad that you two can't see it.

rbtdt5

hay - Not worthy of a response. Just too stupid of an idea to blame one person for these mass shootings that have been going on for decades. "Come on man!"

Thewheelone

Hay [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

phydeaux994

Why do you support Trump? What has he done that impresses you so much? Don’t you Hate Obama and Hillary and Biden and Palosi and Schumer and “The Squad” and The Left’s “hatred” of Trump is the result of his racism and lies and hatred of those that disagree with him. And you certainly sold your soul to the Devil long ago. Peace.

gary4books

The truth can hurt, especially for one that uses the name "veritas." Or is it an exercise in irony?

richardlyons

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FCPS-Principal

Nonsense and spin. Show us the racist rhetoric or vitrol that Clinton or Warren has spouted.

veritas

Not surprisingly, you miss the point entirely.

hayduke2

Maybe you didn't make a valid point.

DickD

The question of safety runs through the mind of all of us.  Where is it safe and why isn't meaningful legislation on gun control being passed.  Moscow Mitch and Leningrad Lindsey will not even allow a vote on it.

rikkitikkitavvi

I responde to your 11:06 comment dick but somebody must have been offended. Since when does someone have the right to not be offended?

secpol1970

Meaningful or "common 'sense" gun control legislation? You mean such dumb ideas like gun free zones don't work? Traitors like 44 pelosi and schumer look at the American citizen as subjects not citizens. If you have to look to government for your personal protection you are a subjects.

rikkitikkitavvi

Sec-The gun free zones are not dumb. They are "make us feel good by doing something" insanity.

Dwasserba

Nothing random used to happen to the majority of people, and some of the people random things did happen to, never contemplated what it meant. Now it happens way too often not to acknowledge that if you do feel "safe", it is a self-made construction. It gets you out the door where anything can happen anytime.

thump1202

Put simply, we're not. This is a power struggle between two mafias, the DNC and RNC, and us regular Americans are collateral damage. One side claims the other are the next coming of Hitler and insist that even former Obama voters who didn't realize gains from his hope and change are now irredeemable racist bigots who deserve eradication. Note that this is over 60 million Americans. The other side insists that the other is mentally ill, has a huge racism problem against whites and asians, and are the feared zombie apocalypse incapable of reason who ought to be exiled to a country more in line with their values. Note that this is over 60 million Americans. The amount of hysteria, dehumanization, and growing violence are signs that this will not end well while these sociopath media and party members are drunk on power and push it on society. Both tribes are too militarized and invested to stop at this point. Social media does its best to push people to the radical recesses of the internet through censorship, doxing, and "like" culture. This situation easily explains how young men who are ill are being pushed off the edge by a society that, one way or the other, does not value them. There is no permanent answer, the immediate one would be de-escalation in the power struggle and finding ways to value human life again, but that is not going to happen. Too much money in divisiveness. Dark times in the coming years for regular Americans who simply want life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. All we can do is hope the effect to our community is minimal while this plays out.

rikkitikkitavvi

Where are we safe? The writer asks. Not even in your mother's room.

Dwasserba

or womb

hayduke2

Why spend time in your mother's room?

rikkitikkitavvi

Crib next to the bed.

DickD

Hay, we just didn't know ric is so young. [ohmy]

rikkitikkitavvi

Cute ya'll. I'll try to remember to proof read.

gary4books

Nice, but a false equivalency. There really is a righ and a wrong side and those who know the difference can say it is a clear difference. Being against evil does not mean one is full of hate.

thump1202

There are times when there is right and wrong. Right was going into WW2 against Hitler. Wrong was going into Vietnam to fight a concept, just like all the other times we've gone to fight against concepts such as drugs or terror. Explain to me how your mafia is right and therefore justified in its crimes against the American people?

phydeaux994

Usage of the word “mafia” is interchangeable with the word “Trump”.

thump1202

phydeaux, ever since the party system became powerful under Hamilton they've been corrupt mafias. I love how your side acts like none of this happened before Trump, Trump is just another in a long line of actors. Remember how W Bush was regarded before 9/11? I do. Remember how the RNC painted Clinton and Obama? I do. This is nothing new, the only thing new is the absurd level of speculation being painted as real news. Your media sources have actually convinced you that a narcissistic blowhard who wants everyone to like him, including whoever you're convinced he wants to wipe off the face of the earth, is equivalent to a looney tune who wanted to ethnically cleanse the world. Show me one piece of REAL evidence, not speculation, Trump plants to invade Mexico, China, and ethnically cleanse them.

rikkitikkitavvi

It depends entirely on what the perceived definition of the words evil and hate mean to the person using the words and in what context Mr. books

gary4books

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnLNgUxT4O8

thump1202

Gary, do you then believe 60+ million Americans are evil and need to be eradicated as your side has suggested?

public-redux

Huh? Who has suggested eradicating 60 million Americans?

gary4books

I do deplore their inclinations and will call them "deplorable."

thump1202

Public I posted the tweet and it was deleted. I posted the author's name and it was deleted. FNP will not allow me to prove my statement.

public-redux

Thump, was it someone whose name is generally known?

thump1202

In the leftist activism circles, yes. 300k followers on twitter and a talk show. The tweet is still up and not particularly difficult to find with a two word search including the word in question and the service.

public-redux

Well, I'm not well versed on who is who in leftist activist circles and I don't do social media but I'll see what I can find.

public-redux

Be that as it may, I'm curious if this person is as representative of what you called Gary's side as, say, Westboro Baptist Church is of Protestant Christianity.

public-redux

Oh, that guy. I don't think he is representative of anybody's side, FWIW.

thump1202

Gary waffled on his response instead of denouncing the claim. This is tacit approval and a sign that he believes more in his side winning than his principles.

Thewheelone

gary[thumbup][thumbup]

rikkitikkitavvi

I liked :That Girl" much better. Didn't you Pub?

rikkitikkitavvi

Yes it is Thump but will he admit it?

Thewheelone

thump, I am fearful that you may be correct. Electing someone other than the incumbent president in 2020 can be a start, though.

rikkitikkitavvi

I will disagree with you once again wheel. Go figure. Everyone of the dem candidates who instantly, reflexively and thoughtlessly tried blaming half of America for mass murder over this past weekend effectively ended their presidential campaign. None of them are even remotely electable now.

Thewheelone

We will just have to see, Rikki. Vote Blue, no matter who!

Thewheelone

Actually that Vote Blue stuff is not exactly correct; if only applies if your boy gets the nomination again (highly unlikely that he will not, but natural selection sometimes takes over)

rikkitikkitavvi

Wheel, Roses are red, violets are blue. Roses smell sweet while violets are just blue, in hue

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