Last week, the Chronicle asked its readers in an electronic poll the following question: “Are you concerned about community security during the synagogue shooting trial?” Of the 235 people who responded, 44% said “somewhat concerned”; 34% said “very concerned”; and 22% said “not concerned.” Comments were submitted by 51 people. A few follow.
I am still not feeling secure in a society where it has been so easy to access guns and spread antisemitic filth. The trial will bring the haters to the fore and I for one am deeply troubled by the situation.
I think the Jewish community always needs to be on guard for threats, but I don’t think the trial will increase the likelihood.
We live in a scary world. It takes very little to incite someone to commit an act of violence rooted in hatred. The synagogue shooting trial is the perfect catalyst to cause someone to express anger in a dangerous way.
There is no way to prevent another terrorist action. None. Just look at the endless number of mass casualty shootings in our country. Just go about your lives and hope for the best. I believe the local, state and federal agencies are monitoring the threats and will act accordingly.
I’m always concerned, no more so now.
Actually, since the terrible events at Tree of Life, I’ve become much more concerned overall. I think the trial will make the haters even more vocal, but they are out there and we are now much more aware of the fact that the U.S. isn’t the safe place we thought it was.
What will it take to get Congress to both ban assault weapons and then take action to retrieve all that are in society today? What will it take for Congress and American states to re-fund mental health and in-house facilities to help persons with mental trauma, etc.?
The tracking and surveillance of confirmed (armed and dangerous) white supremacists is still subpar.
I feel very comfortable with the surveillance of Shawn Brokos and her team to alert us. I won’t live in a state of worry. Of course “if I see something I’ll say something.”
It is naive to think that the shooter’s sympathizers won’t try to disrupt the process.
We as a community need to be watchful. PJC