Mourning not the time for politics


Webster Lehmann

In the wake of another mass shooting, politicization of the event has taken priority over mourning and grief — but it shouldn’t.

In the wake of a mass shooting such as the massacre last Sunday at a country music festival that left at least 59 dead, there are two types of responses: those that send love and support, and those that jump on the opportunity as a means to push their political agenda.

While gun violence is obviously a large problem in the US, a mass shooting, like any traumatic experience, requires unity and camaraderie to aid the healing process. Criticizing the state of gun control – as former secretary of state Hillary Clinton did just hours after Sunday’s shooting via tweeter – is harmful to those in mourning and contributes to a rising trend of politicizing shootings.

While I wholeheartedly agree with what Clinton tweeted, the timing was poorly executed. When exactly is the right time to engage the political side of gun violence? There’s no exact date or time I can give you, but giving those effected and the American public time to mourn, to sympathize, and lastly to reflect, is a cycle that must be respected.

Of course, without talking about gun control, another Las Vegas, another Orlando, or another Newtown is inevitable. That being said, refrain from posting your political thoughts on social media, if only for the short term. Grieve for the victims, unite as a country, and then, and only then, express your thoughts on why it happened and how to prevent it.