Twelve hours ago, the city of Orlando experienced the highest-casualty mass shooting in our country’s history, and people are blaming everyone but the murderer.
The Right blames the President for not admitting the motivations of radical Islam and for assuming the guns are responsible. If the President had called out radical Islam more straight-forwardly, would it have stopped this guy from slipping through the FBI’s fingers?
At some level, each side has legitimate contentions as to how and why murders like this one continue, and how and why partisan politics has impeded our efforts to stop terrorists.
The problem is that, because we always retreat to our political bases, we forget the victims, and we forget who is directly responsible for their deaths. The responses to this mass murder are continuing to cause irreparable damage to our already hyper-sensitive, hyper-partisan political environment. Quick, emotional, politically-charged responses make it unclear who is actually responsible for the murder and likewise, the identity of our enemy.
Trump started his response to the terror attack with a public, self-recognition of congratulations for his tough speech against Muslims. We don’t need this.
Many responded “It’s not about you” to Trump for this tweet. Yet, ironically, blaming him and others on the Right makes it about them.
We must continue to “go wherever the facts lead us” regarding this and stand with other Americans, as the President suggested. We must have resolve. We must not be too quick to blame one another.
We must have the Right and Left working together to stop these acts, but we can’t do that until we first recognize who is responsible. Whatever his motivations or his means, the killer is to blame.