I have this report from nine months on the road across America:
There are deranged shooters, bought-and-paid-for politicians, and belligerent internet trolls. There are judgmental, self-righteous, and hateful people out there.
But there are more of us than there are of them.
More students who are making friends, working hard to get good grades, and trying to improve their communities. More teachers who give all they have for their students, even using their bodies as human shields. More parents who get up everyday and do what they must to take care of their families. More public servants – government workers, cops, firefighters, troops, and even politicians – who are trying to honor their communities and country. More activists and protesters who simply want justice for the unseen and unheard. More gun owners who support reasonable firearms restrictions. More churches, temples, mosques, and places of worship where loving our neighbors as ourselves is the primary creed. More journalists who are very simply telling the truth.
We can let the extremists and outliers define us and the powerful control us…or we can accept this: there are more of us than there are of them.