In Statement on Shootings, Ben Sasse Decries 'Distressing Gap' Between What We See and What We Wish

Senator Ben Sasse issued a powerful and revealing statement on Friday in the wake of the terror in Dallas Thursday night. In it, he speaks not only of the murder of the police officers, but the deaths we have seen at the hands of police.

Lincoln, NE – U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) issued the following statement regarding the tragedies in Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas:

“Our family is heartbroken over the tragedies in Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas. As our nation mourns together, we must condemn evil against all innocents, extend thanks to our law enforcement, and turn to the long work of bridging racial divides and building respect for our shared human dignity.

“There is a distressing gap between the smart phone footage and the kind of country we want to pass on to our kids. Every American—Republican, Democrat, black, and white—wants something better for our children. We all ache for peace and justice. While we may disagree on some policies to pursue those aims, we cannot forget that these are still our common aims.

“There are no easy solutions for our communities that have been sown with distrust and violence. This must necessarily involve lawmakers but it is bigger than politics and will primarily depend on parents, pastors, and civic leaders.”

Communities must meet law enforcement. Law enforcement must reach out to communities. And leaders should be guiding all together and away from what is essentially combat in the streets of our country. This is a serious problem. Simple rhetoric will not suffice. Sasse is offering leadership and calling for it from non-political sources.

We can bet he’ll follow through on his end. We must hope that other follow through on theirs.