The horror inflicted on a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday was not, as President Trump suggested, the consequence of worshiping without the presence of an armed guard. It for all the world appeared to be the act of a hate-filled man who saw validation of his anti-Semitism in white nationalist conspiracy theories and whose arsenal included an AR-15-style assault rifle, which has become the weapon of choice in murderous rampages.
Eleven Jewish Americans were shot and killed as they worshiped at the Tree of Life synagogue. Its heartbreaking, outrageous and cause for all Americans to ask what is going so awry in our nation.
Four armed and trained police officers were wounded as they confronted the suspect, making a mockery of the presidents claim that the results would have been far better if only the synagogue had an armed guard.