Yesterday, my community was hit was a tragedy. A lone gunman went to our local community college killed 9 students and injured 9 more. Our small town is heartbroken, but we will continue to stand strong together.
We were once a small, unheard of town, unless that is you have ever listened to Johnny Cash’s song Lumberjack. As of yesterday, we are the main headline of every news outlet in the United States and many outside of the US. The news are covering every aspect of the story from the survivors, the fallen, “he who shall not be named”, and now our local Sheriff.
Sheriff Hanlin deserves nothing but respect from our country, but instead there are many individuals, lobbyists, politicians, and news outlets that are making every attempt to run his name through the dirt. This is sickening.
Our Sheriff has stood up for our county, our state, and our country in his fight to protect our rights. He has been the spokesperson for our community for what we stand for. Sheriff Hanlin has proven how faithful he is to our community countless times by being the voice for those who’s opinions would otherwise go unheard.
The individuals who are fighting to enforce stricter gun laws have begun to fill up our news feeds and social media with hatred towards Sheriff Hanlin. Comments have went from “he should step down from his position” to as far as “those students blood is on his hands”.
After seeing these comments, I was infuriated. In an effort to show this nation how strong our community is and that we stand by our Sheriff’s side, even after such a horrific event, I started a Facebook campaign with the hashtag #supportforhanlin.
#supportforhanlin is not meant to be a political statement, but rather an effort to show that we support our Sheriff and the fight he has put up to protect our gun right. Unfortunately though, it has become a political statement.
In one day, my original post has almost a thousand likes, nearly 400 comments, and many shares. #supportforhanlin can be seen all over our community’s pages. I am very proud of our community and how strongly we all came together to show our love and support. I thank each and every one of you for helping me in this campaign to show that here in Douglas County, we stand united.
It is now that I ask each and every one of you to rather have pride in our community, keep our support strong, and the argument’s minimal. Allow the martyrs to continue to make fools of themselves. Continue to show your support for our county official, but do not engage.
This is a time of mourning for our community and to show the world just how tall we stand united. Let us not feed into the ones who wish to make this into an argument as that only fuels there fire. As the wise man Gahndi once said “An eye for an eye will only leave the whole world blind.”
To those of you outside of our community, we are very grateful for the assistance in this time of disaster. Anyone who wishes to exploit our town or make our Sheriff out to be a monster, is not welcome in our community.
Prayers to all of those that are affected by this tragedy and thank you to all law enforcement, first responders, and medical staff that are assisting in the UCC shooting.