Yesterday we awoke to news of yet another devastating act of evil. It was an act that claimed many innocent lives and forever changed the lives of others. Not long after news of this latest mass shooting broke came the inevitable stream of ill-timed, self-serving tweets and statements from celebrities, intellectuals, political pundits, and failed politicians. Like a pack of wild hyenas seizing on a newly found carcass, they began sharing their accusations, playing the blame game, and, in some cases, even expressing a lack of sympathy towards these victims because they were “probably all Republicans anyway.” It’s enough to make your skin crawl.
Thus far, fifty-eight human lives have been lost. For the massacre survivors, the families and friends of those killed, and even the first responders, life may never be the same. Those left behind have in no way begun to process the shock and loss.
Although to some they may be merely names in a news story or a means to further their political stance, I hope most of us will remember that these victims were real people as are those they left behind. There are parents, children, husbands, wives, friends, brothers, and sisters who will now have to navigate their way not only through loss but also through the shock that complicates the grieving process when you lose a loved one suddenly. That can take years to work through and, unfortunately, some may never overcome it.
The early, raw hours of such a tragedy should never be used to further your political agenda, left or right. It doesn’t matter what side of the political spectrum you are on, this is the time for compassion, sensitivity, support, and, if you are a praying person, prayer.