I hope that headline, which came in on the wire story by Petula Dvorak of The Washington Post (below), is wrong. I hope that today’s tragedy in Newtown, Conn., will change views. I hope there will be greater resolve to make it harder for people who shouldn’t have guns to get them: by closing the gun-show loophole that allows too many buyers to avoid background checks and by restricting assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
Whether changes like that would have prevented today’s massacre, I don’t know. But maybe it would prevent some future ones. All I know is we shouldn’t be making it easy for people to get their hands on high-powered weapons.
Here’s Dvorak’s story:
By Petula Dvorak
We live in a society that makes it very, very easy to kill kids.
Though we want to pretend that isn’t true.
Because the kids gunned down in Sandy Hook Elementary School Friday were swaddled in federally-regulated, fire-retardant blankets, rode in elaborate car seats plastered with safety stickers, learned to ride bikes with elbow pads, knee guards and safety helmets and were never left alone with a plastic bag. Some of them may never, ever have had a Twinkie.
Cribs, bouncy seats, cough medicine, scooters, sugary snacks — we have no problem regulating the everliving life out of those.
But how do we keep them safe in their sweet, little elementary school when we live in a culture that has convinced itself to accept guns? Read more »