In 1996, 35 people were killed in Port Arthur, Tasmania, and the anti-gun advocates were ready and waiting for the perfect tragedy to enact their desired change. In fact that is the very same blueprint for what is happening in our country today.
The murder of 20 predominately white, school-age children from small-town America couldn’t be a better catalyst. The anti-gun rhetoric started gaining momentum within hours of the murders. Before the relatives were notified, before the authorities could sort out the scene, before the blood even dried, the anti-gun advocates were saturating the media with opinion.
According to a recent article, the days following the murders have been an extraordinary moment for President Obama. As a father, I have nothing but sympathy for the families of the deceased.
But I have to wonder how many children died in our country in those same three days of abuse, neglect or hunger? How many children died in the world in those same three days? I would bet it was more than 20. Where is the public outcry, the media coverage, the political attention for the dead children who weren’t killed with an “assault weapon”?
I find it very sad that we as a society use children’s bodies as pawns in a sick political game.