June 14, 2017 has already become a historical day for the United States, in both tragic and heroic terms. As we learn more about the gunman, who apparently targeted Republican elected officials that were practicing baseball in Alexandria, VA, we saw a glimpse of the worst in humankind. One Congressman, one Congressional staffer, and two United States Capitol Police Officers, were all injured from gunfire, while others suffered injuries running for cover. While we can focus on the tragedy of this event, in The Privilege of Leadership, we look for the positive and the best in humankind.
Though injured, the two U.S. Capitol Police Officers rushed into action to return fire in an effort to bring down the gunman, while protecting those in harm’s way. Once secure, Congressional members who served in the military, and those that were medically trained, rushed to render aid to the wounded. Bravery at its best!
From tragedy, comes opportunity…
Many of those who were there, returned to the U.S. Capitol to join their colleagues to finish out their business that they were elected to do. A special moment that I reflect on is when Congress was called to order on this date, House Speaker Paul Ryan delivered a moving speech that will also be historical, but more importantly, can serve as a call to action. While there is deep division between the Republican and Democratic parties, as Ryan stated, an attack on one of us, is an attack on all of us. As Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke, and in her own words said this would be a first for her, she supported and shared the Speaker’s remarks. LEADERSHIP!
With that, I pose this question. Why does it take tragedy to “Be Nice?”
I could go on asking questions and citing examples, but I’d like to hear from you.