The gunman who shot a fellow resident at a homeless shelter here in Madison is responsible for his own actions (see story linked below). But this doesn’t mean others don’t have some culpability as well. City and state officials also have some responsibility for the shooting as well. Why?

By their response to this summer’s riots undermined the rule of law. Officials allowed and even seemingly support the destruction of property and the harassment of innocent people.

Violent crime is up in Madison at least in part because elected officials have failed to meet their primary moral obligation to keep the peace by defending life and property.

And as often happens when those in power fail to do their duty it is those on the margins of society who bear the cost.

In Christ,

+Fr Gregory

Source: UPDATE: 1 person shot multiple times, 1 in custody at temporary men’s shelter in Madison