So saddened by the weekend events…

I am saddened, and so are many other Americans nationwide by the addictive mass shooting rampage.  As of August 3, 2019 the number of mass shooting across the USA so far in 2019 has outpaced the number of days this year.  This puts 2019 on pace to be the first year since 2016 with an average of more than one mass shooting a day.

As of Sunday, August 4th, which was the 216th day of the year, there have been 251 mass shootings in the U.S., according to data from the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive, which tracks every mass shooting in the country. The Gun Violence Archive defines a mass shooting as any incident in which at least four people were shot, excluding the shooter.

Authorities are responding faster and either apprehending or defending themselves, and the public against people that have planned, and carried out their crime of infamy.  Have crime will travel, and guns for sale impacts generations to come.  Life is much like a coin, but you can’t spend it twice.

I served twenty-eight (28) years, and retired from the U.S. Amy as an exemplary soldier, and a more responsible citizen.  I hurried up and waited, and understood the meaning of “Patience and Discipline”.  My brother retired after Thirty-three (33) years from the Navy, and served an additional 10 years as an EEO Officer.  Last, my older brother retired from the Air Force .  We have all become better citizens, and conscious of  those factions that are a detriment to our society, and the true “Meaning of the American flag”.  The meaning of the American flag is defined as:

The American Flag is symbolic in many ways.  The alternating red and whites stripes represent the 13 British colonies that settled in America, while the stars represent each individual state.  Even though many Americans proudly fly the flag outside their homes and businesses every day, it is fitting that we as a country, have set aside one specific day each year to honor our flag and to remember that it represents the ideals and values that we live by.  The American Flag represents a people, not an office or a person.

Our thoughts go out to the families and friends that have been affected by shootings this last weekend and in the past.  Let us hope that our country and we as a people can do something to stop these vile attacks from happening.

Marold Studesville