Violent Behavior Is Never The Answer
The roles of government parties changed last week as a liberal shooter shot at a conservative Congressmen. In the past, we have seen white supremacists, usually coming from Republican ideologies, to turn to violent acts to prove their points against the government. Yet, this week, we saw the tides turn.
Ever since Donald Trump became President of the United States of America, violence is growing against the Republican party. More specially, against President Trump. More than hate calls and ugly notes, but rather the continual hatred felt toward them. We have put Republicans and President Trump into the same box, and we have forgotten to see them as humans.
Cathy Griffin’s decapitated President Trump head crossed a line for many, even to those who say Donald Trump is not their president. We must respect our president, whether or not we agree with their politics. Now, it is easier said than done. One of the first arguments used is where was the respect for President Obama when elected, where there were burnings of dummies that looked like him and racist rants against him. Protests and marches took place after both presidents were elected, only President Trump’s happened to be larger.
Many Republican voters have said repeatedly that they didn’t vote nor support President Trump. Even now, it is hard for some Republicans to say they support him, especially through his policies. While the policies may fall to the conservative side, it is too harsh for many moderate Republicans, which most Republicans are, like Democrats. Most of us hover on the middle ground, just happening to lean a certain way.
It is when blindly following leaders and parties that issues arise. Making one’s own thoughts and decisions is what makes politicians and policies stand stronger. It doesn’t mean to be an expert on everything, from climate change or health care to military spending to war on DASH to the never ending list. It means finding what impassions and chasing down their own thoughts on the topic.
Last week, leaders stood together after a Bernie Sanders supporter, James Hodgkinson, shot Republican Congressman Scalise. While it was a growing moment in politics, many know it will not last with bipartisan. In the few next hours after the shooting, arguments started into gun control again, with the renewal of the argument for gun control.
However for many people who believe in stricter gun laws, this is not a turning point, for there have been so many other times that a “turning point” occurred: such as the Sandy Hook Massacre, the Pulse Nightclub shooting, the one that happened at UPS last week on the same day of the shooting of Congressman Scalise, the one two weeks ago when an ex-employee killed his boss and other employees, or the countless other shootings. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, shot in 2011 as an assassination attempt, called for tighter gun control laws.
The other argument, voiced by Republican Congressmen and Congresswomen, was that there should have been more guns. Two Capitol Police were there as protection for Congressman Scalise, who is a high-ranking member of the House. If Congressman Scalise had not been there, then there would have been no guns except for the shooter. The call to arms that came from other members of the Congress only fueled the debate as others argued that would only cause more damage.
Whatever side you are on in regards to gun control, the importance of regulation renewed itself this week. It will undoubtedly renew itself as summer continues. The beginning of April is usually seen as the beginning of the “killing season.” Much of this is attributed to both the temperature and crime rate rising across the country. It does not mean mass shootings cannot strike at any time, such as Congresswoman Giffords’ shooting, taking place in January and the Sandy Hook Massacre taking place in December.
In many ways, liberals believe that it is conservatives who shoot most guns, which is true. However, for Congresswoman Gifford and Congressman Scalise, it has been two liberal shooters. At least three of the deadliest shootings did take place by conservative white supremacists. It is not a contest on who is the deadliest or what party holds the most violent members.
Either way, violent behavior or shooting of any magnitudes, cannot be tolerated.
It does not matter what side of the aisle you are on. Violence and the threat of violence toward any person is wrong. When looking at someone in a position of power, violence is not worth the risk and unhelpful. Nothing good comes from violent threats and acts. No matter how or what one believes, violence is never the answer.