I am going to steer far from any discussion about what motivated the mass murderer this week in Annapolis, Md.
Also, I will not discuss the issue of guns, gun control or gun rights.
Instead, I merely want to lament briefly the terrible state of our union in the context of the murder of five newspaper employees. A gunman with a shotgun sauntered into the Capital-Gazette office and opened fire.
He killed four journalists and a sales assistant and “gravely injured” two others.
I damn near have run out of expressions of outrage over this latest act of insane senselessness. Children get slaughtered in our public schools; nightclub patrons are murdered; a crowd of country music festival attendees runs for cover as a gunman opens fire on them with a “bump stock” rifle that has effectively become a machine gun; shopping mall customers have fallen; so have movie theater customers.
What the hell is going on in my country?
The president who vows to “put America first” seems tone deaf to how the world is viewing this nation of ours. Other Americans are not. I happen to one who is terribly concerned about what the world thinks of us, how it perceives Americans. I want the world to think well of Americans and of our country.
Donald J. Trump tells us the world “respects” us again. Does it? Can it possibly “respect” a nation where citizens open fire on their fellow citizens?
Yes, this is all happening as the nation grapples with immigration policy and its treatment of those who seek to come here in search of a better life.
I have to wonder: How much better can life here be when gunmen open fire without warning on people who go to work never expecting that they would die?
Yes, we are in trouble.