In light of the recent mass shooting in Orlando, the 64 people shot throughout Chicago on July 4th weekend, the separate and unrelated killing of two young, black men by white police officers (this is getting redundant) in Baton Rouge and St. Paul this week, and the sniper shooting in Dallas which left four police officers dead last night, this was my Facebook post after learning about the latest tragedy from my FB feed.

“This week’s tragic events were not what anyone had in mind when we celebrated Independence Day on Monday.

I’m sitting here feeling sad and angry about the overall level of violence in America today.

We claim that we are better than everyone else, the greatest country on the planet, yet we have the highest murder rate and most killings in the civilized world, we don’t take care of our weakest and poorest fellow citizens, and our partisan politicians are more beholden to the special interest groups who give them money to get them elected than to the people they are supposed to represent.

We are a nation of laws, so no we are not “free,” but that’s not a bad thing until the laws don’t apply equally to everyone.

I don’t have a solution, I’m just a man typing on his phone who wants to live in a world / country where people are free to be themselves, where being black or Muslim or LGBT doesn’t come with a higher risk level than the general public.

Where police aren’t quick to pull the trigger, where assault rifles aren’t easy for anyone to buy, where snipers don’t shoot innocent police officers doing their jobs.

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one. #Imagine

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