Word of an active shooter on the University of Michigan campus caused a wave of panic during a vigil for the 50 Muslim victims who died in a New Zealand terrorist attack.
The good news is that the active shooter turned-out to be a false alarm. University police determined people heard balloons popping, and assumed them to be gunshots.
According to MLive, people scattered, running each other down to find safety. One of the people who were knocked-over during the chaos were Democratic state Rep. Laurie Pohutsky. I interviewed Rep. Pohutsky on the LOL podcast recently, and am relieved to read she’s ok.
But it’s what Laurie tweeted afterword that hit me:
Today was a frightening day. I’m safe. While I’m relieved that it was a false alarm, it breaks my heart that in the world we live in, an active shooter was the reasonable assumption for police and civilians to make. https://t.co/1rpCdXZe88
— Representative Laurie Pohutsky (@lpohutsky19) March 17, 2019
New Zealand’s prime minister is promising her country’s gun laws will change after massacre.
Needless to say, things don’t move as quick here in the U.S. regarding gun laws.
But there’s another aspect to this story.
As right-wing terrorist attacks mount in both this country and the rest of the world, many of us wonder when our leaders will begin to treat it just as importantly as we’ve treated radical Islamic threats.
That would take presidential leadership.
Breaking: We don’t have that at the moment.