Yesterday I was feeling particularly good about the future of our species. Optimistic even. But that was yesterday. Today is a different story. Maintaining a positive outlook for the future is hard-work.
In Minneapolis last night two men were shot while attending a memorial for a local man who was murdered in 2009. The story is one of violence, predicated on violence past. All over our nation this story continues: of men with guns finding cause to fire them, and that cause laying a foundation from which to build a tower of violence.
This winter a woman I know was murdered by a young man with a handgun. Once you’ve known a life lost to needless gun violence, stories like this carry new weight. A terrible weight which makes it impossible to ignore the constant stream of reporting on young men with guns.
Two men were injured Tuesday night in a drive-by shooting on a busy north Minneapolis street during a memorial for a slain Brooklyn Park man.
The shooting happened a little after 7 p.m. near W. Broadway and Bryant Avenue N., said Sgt. Steve McCarty, a spokesman for Minneapolis police.
The two men who were shot were taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale with noncritical injuries, McCarty said. No arrests have been made.
The men were part of a group of about 30 people who gathered outside on a sidewalk on W. Broadway in memory of Haywood Eaton, who was shot and killed during a fight in the parking lot of the nearby Burger King in September 2009. His mother, Stephanie Eaton, said her son would have been 22 years old Tuesday.
“We’re out here lighting candles and setting up balloons when a little red car came by and started shooting,” she said.
As they drove off, whoever fired the shots didn’t shout anything, Eaton said.
But she did.
“I called them cowards,” Eaton said.
I have nothing to add except to ask: when is this going to stop? Nothing sucks the life out of optimism like our capacity to destroy each other.