Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

SHOOTING: Dead children used as political pawns

Letter by Darren K. McDonald, Puyallup on Dec. 18, 2012 at 11:07 am | No Comments »
December 18, 2012 1:23 pm

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.

, ,
The News Tribune now uses Facebook commenting on selected blogs. See editor's column for more details. Commenters are expected to abide by terms of service for Facebook as well as commenting rules for thenewstribune.com. Report violators to webmaster@thenewstribune.com.