Quick Thoughts on Arizona Shooting

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Those of us who live on Long Island know that words of hatred have the power to tragically transform communities.

Words do not create the mentally unstable people who carry out acts of extreme violence, but they convince the actors that violence is supported by the community.

The words also focus the killers on targets.

We Long Islanders also know that the enablers of hatred will inevitably disclaim the violence once it occurs.

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.

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