“Everyday, police officers risk their lives facing down the danger of a growing violent criminal and arsenal of weapons. We must redouble our efforts to get guns off the streets but also to take hatred out of the hearts of people who may share a different point of view. Responsibility starts in the home. Parents must engage their children with open communication and a basic concern with who their kids are hanging out with and how they are doing in school.
“At this time my thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims who were doing their best to make their country a better place.”