I was watching basketball.
I left the Kansas State-Oklahoma State game to check my Facebook page, as I do several times a day.
I was just about to weigh in on the NCAA’s sad ruling that Enes Kanter would remain ineligible to play college basketball at University of Kentucky when I saw a posting about the tragedy.
Thanks to the World Wide Web, every terror that happens anywhere in America is at our fingertips instantly. But sometimes, you just wish they weren’t.
At this point, authorities have not released information about the gunman or any other possible assailants who opened fire at a supermarket where U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., was meeting with constituents.
At this point, we don’t know what the motive was, whether it was depravity, mental illness, politics.
What we do know is that 20 people were shot, including Giffords, 40.
What we do know is that Chief Judge John Roll of the U.S. District Court for Arizona and 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, the daughter of a Los Angeles Dodgers scout and granddaughter of former Philadelphia Phillies manager Dallas Green, were killed. Christina was born on 9/11/2001 and was featured in news coverage with other babies born that day as a symbol of hope.
What we do know is that the bullets came from an automatic weapon, the kind that has no purpose in America except to kill people.
What we do know is that America is a powder keg with hatred becoming more and more acceptable every day.
What we do know is that Giffords narrowly beat an opponent in November that was supported by the so-called tea party, a mix of people across America with varying levels of disappointment or disgust with the U.S. Congress.
We don’t know that Giffords’ election had anything to do with her shooting today.
President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner said it best this afternoon. Obama released a statement saying that the ” senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society. ”
Boehner said: “An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve. Acts and threats of violence against public officials have no place in our society.”
If we learn that this tragedy was connected at all with politics, then those of us who love America better decide how far we will let America slide into the abyss of hate that has been boiling for years before we this country back from domestic terrorists who make statements with vile language, and violence.
Terrorists have no place here – even those born here. Those who speak with bullets have no place here.
My prayers are with the Giffords’ family and with those who serve who must now face one more enemy they didn’t have yesterday.