It all boils down to this: American society glorifies violence...culturally we somehow believe that problems can best be solved by solutions that inflict harm on others. With that in mind, are the events of these past few weeks truly all that shocking?
The solution to violence is never more violence, despite what politicians, talk show hosts and movie markers tell us through their constant verbal and visual assaults. Nothing...and I mean NOTHING...in this country will change until we begin to see our problems as being rooted in the basic notion that might does not in fact make right.
We need dialogue and respect for everyone, ESPECIALLY those we disagree with. We need less vengeance. We need more compassion. An "eye for an eye" simply leaves everyone blind in the end...a lesson playing out right in front of our very own eyes.