Wednesday, December 2, 2015
A Tough Day in the Inland Empire
Greetings to all you faithful Giants fans who read this blog every day and write your comments. I appreciate you all. Today was a tough day in the Inland Empire of Southern California. Yet another mass shooting took place at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. There was a subsequent shootout with the perpetrators on the streets of Redlands. As I write this, I can hear a helicopter hovering and circling over an apartment just about 2 blocks from my house that the police and FBI are searching.
My family and I are all safe and sound. As far as I know, all of our friends and colleagues are also safe. My wife knows and works with many people who work out of the Regional Center. At this time, we do not know if any of those acquaintances are among the victims of the shootings.
This is not a political blog and I do not intend to turn it into one. Due to the proximity of this event, I wish to make the following statement:
We are currently experiencing an unprecedented epidemic of mass shootings in this country. As with most things in life, I believe the causes are multifactorial and there is probably not one simple solution. I do know that we cannot continue to simply grieve, wring our hands and hold vigils. It will take a lot of hard work and it will probably take time, but we have to start turning this around and we need to start now. Progress will likely require both better enforcement of current gun laws and also changes to current gun laws. It will likely require changes in law enforcement and protection of private and government places of business as well as public events. It will likely require changes in mental health services and privacy laws as they pertain to mental health. It will likely require a hard look at, and changes in, certain types of entertainment. It will also require more civility in our political discourse.
Enough is enough! The time for action is now!
Thank you all for being part of this community and for your support.
I will publish thoughtful comments on this post.