A Moment Of Solidarity And A Promise

June 14, 2016 Posted by E. Zachary Knight

This past weekend, a horrible tragedy occurred. A shooter in Orlando, Florida targeted a nightclub which caters to the LGBT community. The shooter entered this nightclub and killed 49 innocent people and wounded many more. This shooter will not have to face the people and their families as he was killed by officers on the scene.

I express my sincere sorrow for this tragedy and my sympathies for those killed or harmed and their loved ones. No one should have to go through the pain they have experienced and will continue to experience as they deal with the fallout of this heinous action.

It is times of tragedy, such as this, that many politicians seeks to push their personal political agendas. On the side of Democrats, they have already started pushing their anti-second amendment agenda. On the side of Republicans, they have already begun their push to further expand the war on terror and its expansion of anti-fourth amendment agenda as well as their vilification of all people of Islamic faith. But times of tragedy and emotion are not the time to make policy changes.

It is times of tragedy and high emotion that politicians are willing and capable to pass laws that violate our basic human rights and drive the US deeper into damaging domestic and foreign polices. It was in a time of high emotion that lead the US to invade and destabilize Iraq. It was a time of high emotion that led to the US passing the PATRIOT Act, one of the largest violation of our constitutionally protected rights. It was a time of high emotion that led the US to develop and drop atomic weaponry on innocent people in Japan as well as imprison innocent Japanese Americans and immigrants.

Humans make poor decisions when emotion is the driving force behind them. That is why I vow to not make rash decisions during times of tragedy. We need to let our heads cool before we respond to tragedy via legislation. We need to use facts and real world data as a basis for policy changes, not high emotions. It is why in this time of tragedy and high emotion that I make this promise.

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One Response to A Moment Of Solidarity And A Promise

  1. Ron Helton says:

    Enough of emotion driven responses.
    9/11 was an act by criminals, nation-states.
    Further infringing on the 2nd amendment is another tear in the Bill of Rights
    for the actions of criminals.

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