“Your thoughts and prayers matter” …
As you are well aware, the nation is faced with another senseless tragedy. A 19-year-old student racked with demons walked into his former school — Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida — and murdered at least 17 people, according to law enforcement. There are those whose initial reaction to this evil act is to mock people who call for “thoughts and prayers.” Which was especially toxic given that yesterday was Ash Wednesday.
My friend and managing editor at RedState, Caleb Howe, takes that notion straight on in a thoughtful piece titled “Your thoughts and prayers matter. Offer them, mean it, let no one deter you.” I really hope you’ll take the time to read it.
The tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday is unimaginable. The loss is breathtaking and incomprehensible. The hole left in the lives of the families and parents of the deceased is beyond reckoning, inconsolable, unbelievable.
If ever there was a community that needed thoughts and prayers, it is this one. If you have a heart, you will offer both.
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Don’t let others strip you of your humanity and your compassion.
There’s a time for that …
Before parents knew if their children were safe, while bodies were still being removed from the school and while the shooting scene was still active, the Left and the media decided to politicize the tragedy. There’s a time and place for that sort of debate. It isn’t while the event is going on.
As a regular reader of this newsletter you know that I’m not shy about calling out the media, often in acerbic ways. Today I’m just going to let them speak for themselves. Here is some of what the media was saying yesterday.
- CNN’s Brian Stelter: “A POTUS tweet instead of a televised address to the nation? Or will he speak later today?”
- CNN blames the gun.
- Media pushes false school shooting statistic after shooting.
- Mic’s Emily C. Singer: “Always blaming everything but the fact that our country readily allows people to buy military grade weapons”
- Politico editor in chief Blake Hounshell tweets out old story: “Don’t blame mental illness for mass shootings - blame men”
This is just a representative sample. There is unfortunately plenty more where that comes from. I’ll be back tomorrow with a regular edition of the newsletter. Until then, I’ll be sending those affected by this horrific tragedy my thoughts and prayers.
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