On Saturday, hundreds of parents and young children were out shopping at an El Paso Walmart on a beautiful, sunny weekend without a care in the world. Many were there too, perhaps, shop for school supplies for the quickly approaching September. Maybe there was a family buying lunch for a picnic they had planned that day. But then, in the blink of an eye, everything changed. A gunman opened fire inside the crowded superstore killing twenty and injuring dozens more. As of Monday, two more have died in the hospital from injuries sustained in the massacre, bringing the total to twenty-two.
Americans all over the country glanced at the news, maybe, said a quick prayer for the victims and their families. That night they went to bed.
And then hate struck again. Around 1:00 AM, at a nightlife hub in Dayton, Ohio another gunman opened fire. This time nine were killed, including the shooter’s sister, with over a dozen injured. And if not for the lightning-quick response of police officers at the scene, many more could have died.
The Walmart shooter now faces capital murder charges with the El Paso DA pursuing the death penalty. While the Dayton shooter, a monster named Connor Betts, was killed by law enforcement officers within thirty seconds of opening fire.
But what should Americans do now?
I’ll first tell you what we shouldn’t do. We cannot play the blame game. There is one person responsible for the loss of life in El Paso: the despicable shooter. And there is one person responsible for the loss of life in Dayton: the despicable shooter. To turn these tragedies into a football to score political points by attacking the president is disgusting.
Presidential contender and El Paso native, Beto O’Rourke, has mainly come out against the president, telling the press, “You know the [expletive deleted] he’s been saying.”
New Jersey Senator and presidential contender Cory Booker, commented on the president’s speech by saying, “Listening to the president, such a bull[expletive deleted] soup of ineffective words. We should quickly condemn his lack of a real plan.”
But Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX) takes the cake for absolute idiocy by saying, “The president has made my community and my people the enemy…All of this has happened because Hispanic people have been dehumanized. They have been dehumanized by the president, by his enablers, by other politicians.” She then proceeded to tell the president that “he is not welcome here.”
Instead of uniting behind a community of grieving children and families, these Democrats are trying to use the passion that has been created by these awful events, to garner upvotes and money for their political careers. This is not the time to hate each other! The two shooters are the hateful ones.
When terrorists killed nearly three-thousand people on September 11th, 2001, Americans from all walks of life, united behind the common purpose of supporting their fellow man and defeating terrorism, American flags began to appear in store windows, on front porches, and the bumpers of people’s cars. Islamic militants tried to destroy us, but instead, we rose up stronger and more united than maybe ever before.
America needs to stop playing the blame game. This is not the president’s fault just as much as it’s not anyone Democrat’s fault.
This is the time to come together and work to get things done to make our communities safer. It is time to stretch across the aisle and show the world that we are the United States of America. Everyone from the White House to the Capitol, to the church, to the living room needs to stand up and condemn the hate that is taking over our society and then comfort our fallen fellow man.
We have been knocked down but not knocked out. God bless America.
Please pray for the victims of these horrendous attacks and their families that God will carry them throughout this dark time.
El Paso: Lee and Maribel Campos, David Johnson, Javier Rodriguez, Arturo Benavides, Sara Regalado, Adolfo Hernandez, Jorge Garcia, Elsa Mendoza de la Mora, Gloria Marquez, Maria Legarreta Rothe, Ivan Manzano, Juan Chairez, Jordan and Andre Anchondo.
Dayton: Megan Betts, Lois Oglesby, Thomas McNichols, Saeed Saleh, Derrick Fudge, Logan Turner, Nicholas Cumer, Beatrice Warren-Curtis, Monica Brickhouse.