Mayor David Holt tweets statement on mass shootings
Mayor David Holt tweeted Sunday his thoughts on the mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso. He wrote about how he is working with civic leaders on mental health issues and how city residents can set an example of respect for one another.
"It's gun laws, it's mental health services, it's dehumanization, it's bigotry & racism, it's the way our leaders act, it's the way we treat each other. It's all of these things. No elected official can fix it all, because we all have different authorities, but each leader & each American can do their part.
As mayor of a city that suffered greatly from the actions of a white supremacist who dehumanized public servants, I work every day to stand for empathy, inclusiveness, respect for public servants & respect for all our residents. I strive to set an example of how leaders should lead with love.
In mental health, a policy area where the municipal level is empowered, we are talking right now about how MAPS 4 can make a real difference in the lives of our residents. In addition to advocacy, what can every one of us do right now, whether we hold public office or merely hold our kids a little closer today? We can love each other. We can set that example.
Whether you think Jesus is your Lord or merely a very wise man, it is still true that he had a lot of profound things to say about love. Love is truly the path through most challenges. So carry these words with you today: "Love your neighbor as yourself." If we each dedicate ourselves to that ideal today, America will find its way through this darkness. #1OKC"