10 Things I Learned From The Orlando Shooting

When you become a parent, everything takes on new meaning.

Especially when it comes to what your every action teaches your child. You start thinking about everything you do, and what your kid is going to learn from it.

I may now be in charge of a little human being, but I’m still learning, too. So what did I learn from the heinous tragedy in Orlando?

Let’s dig in:

1. I learned that “radical Islam” is just a political talking point that doesn’t help us defeat evil.

“What exactly would using this label accomplish? What exactly would it change? Would it make ISIS less committed to trying to kill Americans? Would it bring in more allies? Is there a military strategy that is served by this? The answer is none of the above. Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away,” President Obama said.

Imagine for just a moment if we had taken this sort of shrugged-shoulders, “gee, I dunno” approach after Pearl Harbor. Imagine if we had simply refused to address the cause behind the effect.

Perhaps shocking to some (our president included) there is a military strategy served by this: it’s called identifying the enemy. People have been doing that for millennia.

And it works.

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