The facts are still coming in from the terrible tragedy today in Newtown, Connecticut, where more than two dozen children and adults at an elementary school were shot and killed. If now is not the time to have an honest discussion about gun control, then what should we talk about?
Not pension reform, or George Shirakawa, or emails from Mercury News editors.
There is a national crisis taking place. At no time in our nation’s history has it been easier for the mentally ill to kill people in mass quantities.
There are people who believe that talking about gun control in the wake of tragedy such as Newtown’s is simply opportunism to score political points. But this isn’t a game, and no one is keeping score. We’re talking about real life. Kindergartners were murdered.
As Gawker notes, five of the 12 deadliest gun massacres in our nation’s history have occurred in just the last four years. The post seems to be less a commentary on Obama’s gun control policies, which by most accounts have maintained the status quo despite NRA fear mongering, than a simple statement of fact.
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