A view from abroad

9 Jul

I’m in Europe for a couple of weeks. France and England. I got the news of the Dallas Police shooting when I woke up yesterday. Because of the time difference, the morning here was still nighttime back home and the story was unfolding. Watching it play out on my phone was sad and horrifying. How many dead?  How many shooters?  

It’s interesting to watch the news from afar. Had I been at home, I would have been sitting on the set covering it as a story. Being here, you watch these things as civilians. Being here, you get the non-American perspective. As we rented our car, the guy said to us, “You, Americans, have too many guns. This could never happen here.”  Well, I am of the opinion it could happen anywhere and it does. But he did say something I agree with.  We, Americans, have too many guns. We just do. There has got to be a better way of dealing with this issue. Why can’t we have smarter gun laws?  It really is, I believe, the issue of our times. We can’t keep letting this happen. Schools. A gay bar. A peaceful protest. Someone, Hillary, Donald, Bernie, or a Presidential candidate to be named later is going to have to deal with this. It’s time. 

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