To the editor of THE EAGLE:
Words cannot begin to describe Sunday’s terrible tragedy at a Jewish community center and retirement community in Overland Park, Kansas. Though at this writing law enforcement has not specifically identified this shooting as a hate crime, the alleged shooter has ties to the KKK and has been identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as anti-Semitic and a white supremacist. According to the SPLC, the shooter, Frazier Glenn Miller, was indicted in 1987 on a weapons charge and for plotting the assassination of SPLC founder, Morris Dees. Furthermore, the timing, a day before Passover, makes this shooting particularly egregious.
This shooting opens a window unto despair. How does hatred such as this exist in our communities? How is it that we cannot find a way to curb the proliferation of guns and especially to keep them out of the hands of people who have espoused hatred? What more must we do and do we have the will to do it?
As we enter this sacred time in both the Jewish and Christian calendars, we should reflect upon this tragedy. Though we cannot bring back the lives of the three victims, we should ask how we can work to avert such an incident in the future.