“The shocking event in Christchurch has caused me again to stop, to face some depressing truths about us, humans,” writes Scott Leyland.

Mass murder highlights depressing truth

Letter to the Editor from Scott Leyland of Rossland

The shocking event in Christchurch has caused me again to stop, to face some depressing truths about us, humans.

Apparently, the mass murderer in New Zealand, communicated that immigrants were an invasion, and that he was going to stop the invasion, calling Trump a “Symbol of White Identity.”

Donald Trump offered condolences to New Zealand, then promptly betrayed his condolence by stating; “We are on track for a million illegal aliens to rush our borders.” “People hate the word invasion, but that’s what it is.”

Locally, “yellow vest” protesters at the family statue, across from the Trail Memorial Centre, hold signs “No UN Immigration Pact.” Xenophobia, is rearing it’s ugly head again, and again; growing. What are we to do?

That humans will migrate to new lands is true since our species began. That as a species we naturally are cautious to those we do not know is almost primal. Most animals are territorial, but unlike other animals, few humans now live in their biologically ancestral lands.

We need to overcome this xenophobic tendency, and accept that we are all immigrants. Xenophobia, although natural, is not reasonable.

That some humans are and will be zealously xenophobic, is inevitable. That they should have ready access to weapons of mass destruction, is societal insanity. We must make automatic and semi automatic guns illegal. We must speak and take actions to both lessen xenophobia and ban weapons of mass destruction.

Scott Leyland,


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