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Learning lessons from tragedy

Sunday, January 9, 2011

A senseless tragedy took place in Arizona Saturday.

For unknown reasons, 22-year-old Jared Loughner opened fire in a Tucson, Ariz., grocery store, killing six people and wounding several more.

Among the wounded was Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head. However, doctors sounded encouraging about her survival Sunday afternoon.

Almost immediately following this horrific incident, several of these so-called "news" agencies, television pundits, etc., decided to take it upon themselves to provide explanation as to why this may have happened.

From one side, the other is to blame.

Perhaps some of these critics and pundits forgot a 9-year-old girl -- born on Sept. 11, 2001 -- was also killed during this tragedy.

My response to the people that have decided to politicize this incident is simple: Stop.

There is no need for this at all.

In times like this, there is no need to politicize anything.

Just let it be.

As a people, we need to mourn the loss of the innocent.

As a people, we need to learn from this horrific tragedy and move forward. Together.

In general, many will disagree that we can move forward together.

But I truly believe we can.

Our country is so polarized right now that it's down right scary.

But this one incident was so graphic -- so wrong, so disgusting -- that it should wake us up. It's time to work together.

It's time to set aside all of this anger and work -- collectively together -- for hope and change.

It's time to work for something that has been promised not just in the past couple of years but since our country has existed.

I believe in hope and change.

I also believe it will take all of us, together, to work to achieve hope and change.

Pinning hope and change on one person is nonsense.

We all have to work together. Whether we agree or not. It is our duty. Our duty to make our country better.

Let's start now.

People (including politicians) can come together for the common good.

Before it's too late.