Dallas took that sucker punch. And now, it's time to get back up.
Another black eye for a city that already had one.
But one thing scares me more than anything; keeps me up at night in the aftermath of what happened.
Here are the top 10 mass shootings in this country:
Orlando is on top. And that movie theater in Denver is on the bottom.
In between, infamous places like Virginia Tech, Newtown, and Fort Hood.
I noticed 7 of the 10 happened in the past 10 years!
It's like in the past decade, this country feels more volatile and less safe. How did we get so good at making mass killers?
I think it's because we got good at social media. This stuff has been with us for about 10 years.
Now, every rant, radical, and irrational thought is easily accessible.
It's the wrong kind of fertilizer for a troubled soul.
Micah Johnson used social media and read about extremist groups and anti-social thinking, and so did the shooters in Orlando, Fort Hood, San Bernardino, Aurora, Sandy Hook, and Virginia Tech.
It used to feel like the voices in your head helped build the crazy wall.
Now, the voices in your computer or phone can get you there much quicker.
And that's terrifying. Unless you shut down the internet, everyone from ISIS to a sick girl who loves Hitler can connect with someone you know, love, and needs help.
We can be strong in places like Dallas, Orlando, and Boston, but the thought of what's a point-and-click away can make you feel weak and helpless.