I want to thank the editorial board for its comments about the Senate failure to pass a background check bill (editorial, 4-19).
I have always regarded our Constitution as a good guidepost for governing. However, it is a piece of paper. You can’t teach a piece of paper to ride a bicycle. You can’t watch a piece of paper take its first steps, say its first words. Sing in a school play. Have a pillow fight or a tickle match. You can’t cuddle with a piece of paper and read a bedtime story. You can’t watch any piece of paper grow into adulthood and become a parent.
Those in the Senate who wave this document around as an excuse to hide have forgotten how many parents in this country won’t get to have that tickle match or see that school play. This document has nothing to say about the creation of a family and what that means in our society.
The business of good governing is the work of covering those issues not spelled out in this document. Ignoring the pain of all those parents who had those moments stolen from their lives denigrates everything our democracy stands for.
If we continue to ignore the rampant violence caused by protecting weapons over lives, we are not a democracy. When did it become OK for our elected officials to tun their backs on solutions? This pervasive attitude of “We can’t” will destroy this country from within. Cowardice is not governing.