There are storms worse than hurricanes

Anolt “AJ” Laguerre 19, Angela Carr 52, Jerrald Gallion 29

A Message From The Publisher

By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.

 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.  Romans 15:4

     The tragic murders of three Black innocent patrons: Anolt “AJ” Laguerre 19, Angela Carr 52,  and Jerrald Gallion 29, at a corner store in Jacksonville, Florida by a white racist with an assault rifle riddled with swastikas is a direct correlation to the discounting of life in this country.

This is a painful reminder of the deep-rooted issues of racial discrimination and violence towards Black people that seems to be the tip of the iceberg to setting off civil unrest in this country.

The shooter, who was in his 20s, was armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and a Glock handgun when he walked into the store in a predominantly Black neighborhood with the intent to kill “N-word”.

This act of premeditated murder highlights the urgent need for shared efforts to create laws that ban assault weapons and address systemic racism that is promoted by legislators who do not want to have any understanding, and are unwilling to work towards a more just and equitable future for all.

This storm that is brewing will be more devastating than any Catorgry 5 hurricane in the value of lives that will be destroyed and lost all.

Some people feel that a lot of this could have possibly been avoided if more people would have voted-that is another cause of contention when the entire scope of what voting involves.

It is diminishing the value of voting when we want to shift the burden of such a herculean task on one people and one cause, never owning up to our own part in the civic duty of voting-there is a cause and effect.

I would like to begin to understand how Governor DeSantis, like prototypes, clones, replicas and offshoots of this demonic thought process, feel about their actions which are creating this atmosphere of racism, homophobia, hatred and mental illness which contributes greatly to not only mass shootings but to living in fear. How has their not coming out and putting a ban on the selling of assault rifles, the right to carry guns without permits and no background checks  is this doing to us? How is it that the governor or anyone else who spews hatred can feel comfortable enough to come into an area where the shootings have occurred and not feel obligated to change their actions or to even continue in a race for leadership? Where are their moral values?

To all our readers, viewers, supporters and citizens in the wake of Hurricane Idalia. As you know, there is a storm headed our way and we recommend that you take necessary measures to secure your homes before the storm arrives.  We are anxiously tracking the path of Hurricane Idalia as it comes ashore to Florida coastlines.  This storm is forecasted to be a major hurricane and your safety is of concern.  We encourage you to assess your personal situation and take steps to secure your family and home.  The National Hurricane Center’s Hurricane Preparedness and the FEMA mobile app are both helpful resources in taking the appropriate steps to ensure you are prepared in advance of a hurricane.

In an emergency, if you can seek help immediately by  calling 911 for assistance.

God bless you all and stay safe.

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Carma Lynn Henry Westside Gazette Newspaper 545 N.W. 7th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311 Office: (954) 525-1489 Fax: (954) 525-1861

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