Adrian Walker and Joan Vennochi both said exactly what I’ve been thinking ever since the politicians’ pronouncements on yesterday’s events started pouring in. Walker:
Many people spoke Friday of praying for Newtown and of holding their children tight. Both of those acts are important. But let’s not leave it at that.
It is time for the majority to take on and win this debate, in the names of all the victims who ought to be alive, in the names of the children who went to school Friday but didn’t go home.
In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook horror, Obama said he and his wife, Michelle, would do what parents across America will do — hug our children, tell them we love them, and remind them how deeply we love each other.
If that’s the best we can do for Sofia Lebinski [a child who survived the shooting] and the children of America, it’s not nearly enough.
President Obama has done some good things for this country, but dealing with gun violence has sadly not been among them. That has to change, and it has to change now. What to do? Well, the latest reports indicate that the shooter killed his mother and then took three semiautomatic guns that belonged to her – purchased legally, as far as we know – to the school. Bob is right that “crazy people” shouldn’t have access to weapons. But we should go further, IMHO – more restrictions on mentally ill people buying weapons apparently wouldn’t have had any effect on what happened in Newtown. Nobody outside of the military and law enforcement needs to be able to buy the guns that were used yesterday. We need the assault weapons ban back, and there’s a bunch of ammunition that should be banned as well. That won’t solve all the problems, but it would be a start.
Let your representative in Congress know what you think. Let Senators Brown and Kerry, and Senator-elect Warren, know. And tell the President while you’re at it. They work for you, not for the NRA.
Meanwhile, stories of incredible heroism are emerging from accounts of the horror inside that school. Both the school’s principal, Dawn Hochsprung, and one of its teachers, Vicki Soto, died yesterday in the course of trying to protect the students in their care from harm. More such stories may well yet emerge.
Town officials in Connecticut say the principal who died in the rampage at an elementary school was killed while lunging at the gunman as she tried to overtake him.
Dawn Hochsprung was gunned down in Friday’s massacre in Newtown. Board of Education chairwoman Debbie Liedlien says administrators were coming out of a meeting when the gunman forced his way into the school and ran toward him.