I have remained silent on the school shootings in Connecticut . Mainly because, well, what is there to say? It's a horrible, tragic event, that no words can even begin to express the amount of sadness and downright angriness I feel. There is copius amounts of pain, suffering and disbelief all over the country. The healing process is just beginning for the families and friends of the victims and I'm sure it is an all encompassing, overwhelming sense of loss.
Do I blame guns for what happened? Absolutely not. I don't think it matters what instrument the killer used. He could've used a truck bomb like Timothy McVeigh, an airplane like al-Qaeda, a pipe bomb like Eric Rudolph... the list goes on. It doesn't matter. I blame Adam Lanza. And maybe I also blame society as a whole.
Here is a great post from Bonnie Garret, former GSL Secretary (and full disclosure, my younger sister). She put into words a lot of what I've been thinking. I will say, the only part I kind of disagree with here, is her annoyance with the NRA. I actually found it to be respectful that they didn't come out 'guns a blazin' right away. But that's a whole other topic. Give this a read, it's worth it. And please let me know what you think.
GUNS ARE ONLY HALF OF THE ANSWER
I don't know about anyone else, but I was rather annoyed that the NRA appeared to be paralyzed after the recent massacre in Newton. If they've since found their voice, it hasn't been loud enough for me to hear it, much less average Americans.
Just why would they decide to shut down and take cover? It certainly appeares to me that they wouldn't have had to if they had a solid message that was worth communicating regardless of what's happening in society.
I imagine that's got to be how many non-NRA members see it as well.
I may get hate mail for saying this, but guns are not the answer.
They are half of the answer. As in: Guns in the hands of good people do good; so what we need is more good people.
I doubt that many would argue that this society's apparent downhill spiral seems to coincide with the deterioration of the family: broken homes, fatherless children and the like.
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