We’re only days into the month of January of 2021, yet what happened through the Black Lives Matter protest has carried into the New Year. What started as an historic day to end the process of the Electoral College Process, two weeks prior to the inauguration, would soon turned into chaos.
Once again, our nation’s capital was at the center of national headlines. What started as a day for like-minded people to peacefully protest in favor of election integrity was turned into what many witnessed last summer. The event gained more coverage than the nationwide BLM protests across the nation.
Many senators and representatives have condemned the actions of those involve let alone President Trump asking everyone to be peaceful through a tweet, only to be deleted by big tech. Speculations are running amoss that ANTIFA infiltrated the peaceful rally, only to raid the capitol building. In time, many elected officials had to scramble for cover and do what they can to get away from the trespassers.
Sadly, the incident on Wednesday has cost the life of a police officer, Brian Sickwick. Ofc. Sickwick was severely injured when confronting the mom only to be pronounced dead at the hospital.
Another casualty from the event was Ashli Babbitt. Babbitt, a 14 year veteran of the Air Force, joined fellow patriots in sharing their concern over the integrity of the elections. Unfortunately, she was shot during an altercation when paid actor posing as Trump supporters were breaking into the capitol building.
What happened last summer and on January 6th had two things in common. The first is that human life was destroyed. Why? Many families had to or will stare at an empty seat during family gatherings with that thought sinking in their minds. The second is agitators wanted to get the media’s attention to help them jumped to their own doom and gloom conclusions. The violence that have happened this week and last are unacceptable, no matter who is at fault.
We need to do better. Violence is not going to protect and nurture life. Rather, it destroys it. We must do better to promote, peace, love, and mercy in our communities and it begins with us.
May Brian Sickwick and Ashli Babbitt rest in peace.
Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord. And let the perpetual light shine upon them