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A Reprehensible Response to a Despicable Act

October 30, 2018

This past weekend I was away from my computer and away from reading the news. I am now catching up and find myself dismayed over the news from Pittsburgh where a loner who despises Jews entered a synagogue and killed 11 worshipers who were attending a ceremony where an infant was being named. The shooter in this incident, predictably, had a home arsenal that included multiple weapons designed to kill human beings. He was described as a “loner” who took this action because “he wanted to kill some Jews”.

This act was horrific… but the President’s response was reprehensible and nonsensical. Here’s what he said to the press in response to this act:

In response to a question about whether the shooting Saturday at the Tree of Life Synagogue should spark questions of increased gun control, Trump said: “If they had protection inside, the results would have been far better. If they had some kind of protection within the temple it could have been a much better situation. They didn’t.”

It was a point he repeated several times in his remarks to reporters at Joint Base Andrews a few hours after the shooting. Trump was en route to an event in Indianapolis Saturday.

He later added: “This is a case where if they had an armed guard inside they may have been able to stop him immediately, maybe there would have been nobody killed, except for him maybe.”

Is THIS America today? Are we a nation where every place of worship now supposed to hire a “good guy with a gun” to protect itself from an individual whose right to own a weapon designed to kill humans must be protected? If houses of worship are expected to have armed guards so that every person can buy any kind of arms they desire we are moving to a police state if we are not there already…. As reported in a 2016 Nextbigfuture post, private police already outnumber public police 5:1…. and I cannot help but think that the ratio is even higher now!

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