Shawn Mitchell

It’s too soon to make sense of anything, but too hard to focus on anything else. Please consider the following thoughts about the horror, kindness, hope, and courage we all witnessed, which I posted as events unfolded.

A bomb at the Boston Marathon? Awful! It’s presumed an act of terrorism until we learn the bomber shouted “Allahu Akbar!” when it will be deemed a case of workplace violence.

Please, friends, learn the difference between “tragedy” and “atrocity.” How we talk about it affects how we feel and respond to it.

Horror at what happened. Rage at wanton cruelty. Contempt for leaders whose vision and judgment I distrust. Compassion and pain for the wounded.
Discordant confusion. Pain.

Troubled. I posted a political barb earlier about today's bloody events. But I was criticized, and I deleted because I decided I agreed with the criticism. But what if shame goes only one way? The Left seizes every horror immediately. Colorado is still feeling the gun-grabbing ripple effects of Sandy Hook, the demands for which gushed almost immediately.

If the partisans of government control grab the strategic high ground in every crisis, what are believers in limited government to do? Wait a Talmudic three days, while statists seize the narrative and initiative?

Does decency demand surrender?

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."

Godspeed to the officers and the people of Boston.

Thoughts and prayers for the wounded and the affected.

Cynical despair about the rest.

Perhaps in 30 years the murderer will be invited to teach at our elite universities, to explain his/her ideas for the betterment of humanity, like the chic radicals now laundered and ensconced in academia.

Perhaps in 3 or 30 days, the media can discipline itself to see similar importance, and report this story with similar zeal, regardless of the foreign or domestic, political or religious thinking behind the savagery.

Perhaps in a future time, there won't be ample reason to doubt government’s and opinion leaders' candor, depending on where the facts lead.

Shawn Mitchell

Shawn Mitchell was elected to Senate District 23 in the Colorado General Assembly in November of 2004. Shawn is an attorney at private practice in Denver and Adams County.