You know the scary truth is we are talking about real, legitimate problems and issues. Not just some old dudes (me) on a rant.
And, I honestly don't know how we get back to decency and goodness without many more years of the same or worse. Maybe not in my lifetime??? I feel bad for my children and grand children and the world they are inheriting from our generation. And, the really stupid part of all of this is this country's leadership actually embraces the chaos and fear, how do you overcome that nonsense? All of our systems are broken. No matter what our political views might be, it's easy to see that hate and violence is real. We no longer hold people accountable for "their" actions, we look to blame others.
I've seen it up close and personal for the last 35 years, and it's shocking to say but Law Enforcement's hands are tied and the profession has been so gutted that people don't trust the good guys anymore. I'm not big city, but even in a smaller community of 300K, our homicide rate since 2019 has skyrocketed. We had 42 homicides in 2020, 32 in 2021, and we are on pace for another big number this year. That's just in little ol' Lubbock, Texas.
I don't go anywhere unarmed, sometimes I have more than one option available and I don't think I'm an extremists or irrational in my thought process. It is what it is, but my family is going to be safe if I'm anywhere near them.