It was July 7th, 2016 that 5 police officers were killed and 9 injured in my home, Dallas Texas. The shooting happened at the end of a peaceful Black Lives Matter-organized protest against police killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, which had occurred in the preceding days. Since that senseless act of violence, more unarmed black men have been shot by police. In Tulsa an unarmed Black man was shot after being tasered and while he was laying on the ground.
Betty Shelby, the officer who executed Mr. Crutcher, has been charged with manslaughter.
In Charlotte North Carolina, a black man with Traumatic Brain Injury, was gunned down by police. His wife told the officers that her husband doesn’t have a gun. While police assert that the victim did have a gun, none has been recovered.
Demonstrations and protest rallies have been held across the country. What a tragedy that it’s been more than 150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Lincoln, and our country is still consumed with racial strife.
If America is to survive this tumultuous time, leaders in the government must bring order…a sense of fairness,…and they must embrace peace instead of violence. Leaders must lead us toward peaceful existence instead of promoting violence.
Sarah Palin is not a leader, a Governor, or a Vice President. She isn’t even a Fox News contributor or the host of Amazing America. She is just a pathetic old woman. Weighing in through Facebook, Sarah referred to the North Carolina protesters saying, “They’re not protestors, they’re rioters… and this changed some things!” Sarah’s post linked to this story.
The point of the story was to laud the white man driving through the protesters brandishing a gun!
This picture and story suggests that the solution to the violence is more violence. That is also consistent with Donald Trump’s approach to solving violence… more guns. Here are some quotes of Trump that illustrate the point:
- (making reference to shooting at Orlando club) “If you had guns in that room, even if you had a number of people having ‘em strapped to their ankle or strapped to their waist where bullets could have flown in the other direction right at him, you wouldn’t have had the same kind of a tragedy,”
“It’s too bad that some of the young people that were killed over the weekend didn’t have guns attached to their [hip],
2. Voicing his support for the Second Amendment, Trump argued that the recent massacre in Paris would have “would have played out differently with the bullets flying in the other direction.”
4. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump released a policy proposal outlining the importance of the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms. The paper also endorses a nationwide right to carry a concealed weapon, reforming the country’s background check system and advocates for the elimination of all gun and magazine bans.
6. Trump, the NRS’s candidate, has said: “the Second Amendment is under threat like never before,” and that his Democratic opponent is “the most anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment candidate ever to run for office.”
Donald Trump and Sarah Palin promote a message that the solution to violence is more violence. By indicating that peaceful protesters are the reason there is racial strife in America, Trump and Palin promote further strife.
Trump has even gone so far as to suggest that the way to win the election of 2016 is for Hillary to be taken out by 2nd Amendment advocates.
Sarah Palin and Donald Trump have four things in common: (1) both promote fear that democrats might try to take away people’s guns,(2) Black Lives don’t matter to either, (4) both promote violence, and (4) both are losers.