A hate-crime once again claimed the lives of eleven people attending worship services at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is time to start caring more for others. It is time once more to dig deeper, embrace reason and truth, and ask ourselves what we can do as regular citizens to make this world a little better— andsafer for all of us. And how we vote next week during the mid-term election can usher a new beginning.
Our nation is in chaos. Fear and hatred is ruling over many of us and we feel so helpless and overwhelmed.
Who wouldn’t feel helpless and overwhelmed? A heavily-armed man with an assault-style rifle and handguns entered the Tree of Life Synagogue and killed innocent people during a day of rest and worship.
The statement of Coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriorssummed what many felt after hearing about the incident: “It’s easy to feel how broken we are as a country right now.”
Our country is indeed broken.
Every American should feel heart-broken whenever there is news about mass murderers having a free-hand shooting children and young people in schools, innocent crowds on the streets, shoppers at malls and peaceful folks in a neighborhood, and worshippers in sacred places, churches, and temples— just like what happened at the Tree of Life.
And yet, our very own presidentis again missing the point. President Donald 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.”
The president was implying that the synagogue should have armed people similar to the proposed policy of arming or providing school teachers with guns in their classrooms and increasing the number of armed officers in schools following the school shootings in Florida and Texas.
How do you stop gun-related violence? By having more guns and armed individuals?
Did Trump forget that religious and sacred places have a welcoming environment and an open-door for people who want to join in fellowship and worship? Churches and synagogues are supposed to be safe havens for people who pray and meditate.
As one newspaper pointed out “The Pittsburgh killings targeted Jews— and America’s soul.”
“The attack represents a flagrant challenge to America’s core values— that people of every race or religion are endowed with the same inalienable rights.” The fundamental beliefs of this nation is being tested in a divisive new political era and time that targets Muslims, Mexicans, and Middle Easterners, added the newspaper report.
How can the president heal the nation’s soul and promote unity if he himself promotes a divisive political environment?
Hats-off to Coach Kerr for advocating gun-control.
“My personal issue is gun safety, gun control. Nobody in this country should have a semi-automatic weapon of war. That’s my personal belief. So I’m going to vote for every candidate that’s willing to stand up to the NRA and say ‘You know what, this is insane.’ We’re murdering each other every day. We have to get rid of bump stocks, we have to get rid of high-capacity magazines, we have to get rid of semi-automatic weapons. We just do. Other countries don’t go through this.And so that’s the issue that’s most important to me and those are the candidates that I will be voting for, the ones who are willing to stand up and say, ‘You know what, this is wrong we’ve gotta protect our fellow citizens and we gotta protect our country,’ ” said Steve Kerr.
Coach Kerr is right. We really have to make a stand and voting wisely for candidates who are willing to stand up for gun control is a good start.
Jojo Liangco is an attorney with the Law Offices of Amancio M. Liangco Jr. in San Francisco, California. His practice is in the areas of immigration, family law, personal injury, civil litigation, business law, bankruptcy, DUI cases, criminal defense and traffic court cases. Please send your comments to Jojo Liangco, c/o Law Offices of Amancio “Jojo” Liangco, 605 Market Street, Suite 605, San Francisco, CA94105 or you can call him (415) 974-5336.