Three people were killed in two shootings at Jewish centers in Kansas Sunday, ironically the day before Passover. The shootings happened at a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement home. The suspected 73-year-old shooter was arrested. He has been identified as a former Ku Klux Klan leader and reportedly has a history of anti-Semitism. The suspect known as Frazier Glenn Cross’s actions were a hate crime. According to CNN, “If the suspected shooter is charged and convicted of a hate crime, under federal law, the death penalty could be on the table. That would apply if the charge is that the defendant was motivated by the victims’ race, color, religion or national origin.”
It is just depressing that there are still hate crimes occurring in our nation on the Jewish race. With Passover this week, The Anti-Defamation League said that they warned civilians of the increased possibility of violent attacks against community centers in the upcoming weeks. Consequently, “which coincide both with the Passover holiday and Hitler’s birthday on April 20, a day around which in the United States has historically been marked by extremist acts of violence and terrorism.” With a major population of Jews in the United States, you would think that there would be no more hate crime. Well, unfortunately I think it will exist for eternity.