When events like the Orlando shooting happen, the media always focuses on the ‘Why’ question. Why did the shooter do it? What were his motivations? I guess some people find that important and the information can have value to law enforcement in the prevention of other attacks.
However, knowing ‘Why’ just adds to the hate. Suddenly anyone mildly associated with the group or situation becomes suspect and ostracized. The last thing we need is more innocent people being discriminated against because of the religion they practice and the color of their skin.
What I feel is more important is the ‘How’ question. Not the type of gun and ammo used, not the details of the attack but rather how someone could murder innocent people. It renders me speechless and scares me to think that there are some people who absolutely don’t care about the lives and well-being of others.
How does someone get into a mind space where doing those things seems okay, right even? It’s becoming so common that the issue must be deeply seeded in society. It’s more than just a matter of gun control. It’s more than a matter of foreign policy. It’s more than a religious issue. At the very core this is a human issue. There is a flaw in the way we live—the way we treat others and the fix requires a complete re-wiring of our way of life.
The question we should be asking is, “How did we as a society allow this to happen?”
Until next time,