Denver, Colorado resident Aaron Stark wrote a letter to his local news station in which he admitted “I was almost a school shooter.” The heartfelt letter was written in response to the Parkland School Shooting after Stark’s wife and daughter kept saying they could not understand why the shooter lashed out with violence. Stark recognized the role guns play in violent outbursts and how a lack of access to guns prevented him from acting on his feelings. He also recognized the role mental health issues, bullying, and abuse played in his thinking. Above all, however, he emphasized the impact of kindness on his decision not to act. It was, in fact, small acts of kindness and love that ultimately steered Aaron away from violence and helped him triumph over his troubling circumstances.
President Donald Trump, like all Presidents since the 1999 Columbine School Shooting, has been forced to confront the issues of mass killings and gun violence in the wake of the Parkland School Shooting. To Trump’s credit, he has reached out to victims of violence through a public forum labeled a "listening session." Unfortunately, he reacted as an intuition-driven thinker, who practices an emotion-based reactionary leadership style, would be expected to react. Already instructing Attorney General Jess Sessions to regulate the use of so-called “bump stocks,” without analyzing the effectiveness, Constitutionality, or practicality of the policy shift, Mr. Trump is considering increasing the minimum age to buy an assault rifle to twenty-one, conducting more active shooter drills, and toughening background checks with mental health screenings.
President’s Day is an America holiday honoring the service and contributions of US Presidents. It is officially known as Washington’s Birthday, because it originally commemorated the birthday of George Washington, the First US President. Due to the fact Abraham Lincoln, who was the Sixteenth US President and is considered one of the greatest US Presidents in history, was also born in the month of February, the celebration of George Washington’s contributions to the birth of the US also became the celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s contributions to the preservation of the United States. As more and more State governments have officially renamed Washington’s Birthday to President’s Day as part of an effort to honor Lincoln, the holiday has come to encompass the legacies of all US Presidents.
Finding Financial Success, and Capitalizing On Economic Growth, Through Pro-Growth Work Environments
The economy is either growing or shrinking, doing good or bad. When the economy is doing bad, the political world always talks about fixing it as the business world slashes costs. When the economy is doing good, the political world always talks about accelerating growth while businesses “reinvest” to streamline their operations to make them more “efficient.” There is often a great deal of talk about job creation and tax cuts, but politicians and businessmen rarely act to improve the financial wellbeing of the Middle Class and poor. Despite decent economic growth under the Obama Administration and Trump Administration, coupled with tax breaks that offer few direct benefits to most people, there is no major effort to address the financial needs of the majority.
Pope Francis Urges People to Pause, See, and Return: Recognizing Human Need Is More Than Economic Need
Ash Wednesday may be a Christian holiday and the Pope may be a Christian leader, but the Pope is also a world leader whose influence stretches around the globe and whose counsel is revered by other world leaders. It is, therefore, wise to reflect on his words of wisdom during one of the most important occasions on the Christian calender. For Ash Wednesday 2018, Pope Francis asked Christians to “pause,” “see,” and “return.” Pope Francis wants Christians to step away from the chaos of their fast-paced modern lifestyles, reflect on the human costs of everything happening in the world, and forge ahead with compassion. Although the Pope emphasized the need to say no to violence and conflict, his intent was for his message to be broadly applied in all aspects of life.
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