Part of my identity has always been a warrior who “rights the wrongs.” When I heard about the shooting of U.S. House Representative Gabrielle Giffords, I quickly wanted to point my finger saying, “Now will you admit that your way is wrong? The gun laws are broken. The divisive rhetoric is causing hate and now death.”
When I take a step back and breath, I know better than to take up the sword. That is fighting fire with fire.
Instead, I hope people ask the questions,
- What can we do to come together to show we not only care for the victims, but that we stand for peaceful, respectful debate and honoring each other above our differences?
- How can we better understand what would drive a human to such horrific actions?
- How can we rise above the hate to use compassion and hope to heal the wounds of our country?
My greatest hope is that Representative Gifford survives and becomes a voice for bridging our differences. She is a smart, strong woman. I pray for her return to the platform.