Blame falls on us all
August 9, 2019


To the editor:

Again, our nation feels the sorrow from these tragedies in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. It is so easy to place these horrific tragedies as a result of white nationalist; poverty in murder capitals such as Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, East St. Louis; our president; etc., by not addressing how we got to this place.

On both sides of the political aisle we see pointing fingers at those who are responsible for these horrific acts, when in reality the responsibility falls right in their laps. Although I see no need for these assault type weapons outside the realm of our military, I also see that these weapons are being used as a scapegoat for masking and not addressing the true cause of these tragic acts.

Failure to address our immigration laws by not enforcing total deportation, calling incarceration of drug dealers as harsh punishment and sometimes racial, having military assault weapons readily available for purchase by almost anyone, allowing gaming devices that reward children for killing as many as possible at early ages, failing to provide a family structure and moral compass in some of our most violent drug infested neighborhoods, not holding some of those in corporate America responsible for the opioid crisis, allowing radical hate groups and gangs to go un-checked are just a few of the uphill battles we face today in the United States of America. In reality, until we hold our congressional and senatorial representatives in Washington, D.C., along with our family structure and lack of moral compass responsible, this will only get worse.

It is easy to point fingers and blame everyone else. But, in essence all this does is permeate hate and open up Pandora's Box to more evil.

Regardless of what side of the aisle we support, first and foremost we should all support our nation's laws without wavering. Again, we as Americans have to contribute to our nation in remembering the words in a past inaugural speech, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country"

Unfortunately there are those selfish Americans who only support their cause rather than the cause of the nation.

Wake up, America!

Jack Wagner

Cape Coral


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