Newscasts can’t help themselves and have been going on since yesterday with little information. There is really nothing to say other than 28 people are dead, 20 of whom little children. Inside a school, one of the safest places a parent can entrust her child to, in a small village where nothing ever happens, where people move to because it’s quaint and kids are assured a happy childhood.
In the next few days, debates will ensue, gun control will be mentioned again, politicians will spin and the NRA, refusing to comment right now, will throw in their two cents.
We have been down this path before. Too many times, with nothing to show for all the pain of Columbine, Aurora and all those unremarkable places that would have rather not entered the public consciousness, given the choice. Gun control barely got a mention during the latest Presidential campaign. Will 20 innocent lives, whose sole worry should have been presents under the tree, be finally enough to make us raise our hands and ask that something be done?
I should not be able to walk into a Wal-Mart and purchase a gun – yet, even in my state, California, with the strictest gun laws, I could conceivably walk into a store tonight, have a background check run, wait 24 hours and walk out the proud owner of a firearm. Aren’t there systems in place, towards which we contribute some of our taxes, set up to protect us? Why the need to “bear arms”? If it is indeed true that the guns the mentally unstable shooter used to take 27 lives with belonged to his mother, the question arises “why did a woman living in the Connecticut suburbs feel the need to own guns and rifles?”.
I hope our President, visibly shaken and barely able to complete his remarks during yesterday’s press conference, will hold on to this feeling of loss and pain and will use his remaining time in office to take the NRA lobby to task.
There is no silver lining in such a tragedy – all we can hope for is that the memory of this black Friday won’t fade as fast as the others, and that this country will finally realize that safety is not a Glock in the dish cabinet.