What has become of this nation?
If you haven’t heard, there was a horrible tragedy this morning – a mass shooting took place at a Fourth of July parade outside of Chicago in Highland Park just after 10am.
Six people lost their lives, and 24 are injured. It is still an active investigation, as of publication, with the shooter at large .
What is this world coming to?
Families out enjoying time off, celebrating freedom, celebrating community, celebrating our country at what should have been a safe, joyful event. Is nothing safe anymore?
The divide in this country is becoming deeper and deeper, and more extreme every day.
I wanted to get on here today, and share about the Fourth of July parade my own family went to, here in small town Wisconsin, and how beautiful it was to see thousands of people – kids and families – all lining the streets, donning their red, white and blue, and celebrating this great nation.
I wanted to share how special it was to be in a place where, unlike New York City, patriotism is still a thing, veterans are honored, and family values still reign supreme.
But instead, we get home, only to learn the gut wrenching news of this terrible act of senseless violence, just a few hours south, outside of Chicago.
We have a real problem here..
The seeds of hatred that have been sown recently towards our country, towards one another, towards the opposing political party, towards people who hold different cultural values…it’s dangerous and leads to horrific scenes of death and terror like this one today.
Social media and the trolls who live on it, with their one sided arguments, seeking to incite anger are conditioning people to feel venomously about people who believe differently. Social media has created this uber toxic “us” and “them” mentality, where — respect for others isn’t even on the table. It’s ‘if they have opposing ideals, they’re wrong, they’re bad, and you should oppose them at all cost.‘
And you get these shut ins who, feeling rejected in the “real world,” find these extremist online groups and cling to the distorted sense of community they have there, despite the vitriolic worldviews and beliefs being spewed between members.
Obviously there is no news on the person who did this as of right now, other than they believe him to be a white male, around 18-20 years old, shooting from a roof with a rifle. But one thing is for sure: it takes a mentally deranged person to commit such unthinkable mass murder, and he had absolutely no business having access to a gun.
Check on your loved ones today. Tell your family you love them. Because, clearly, life is so incredibly fragile and the whole world can change in the blink of an eye.
My prayers are with the families and loved ones of those impacted by this heartbreaking act of terror. May God blanket them in His comfort and consolation; and may those responsible be brought to full and complete justice.
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