Nobody can deny the horribleness of the shooting that recently occurred in Connecticut, but we must not use the immediate emotional reaction to the tragedy as an opportunity to attack a policy that was not the primary cause instead of seeing a transcendent need to support the friends and families of the victims.
When such tragic events occur, let compassion for humanity rather than anger over the insane acts of one individual guide our response.
There will be times later for the debate over gun ownership to occur, but it should do so in the context of the fundamental problem: the increasingly stressful and dispassionate nature of our culture that motivates some people to do such irrational acts, and how to recognize and care for those few among us who might be capable of them.
When one suggests, as I heard on the news today, that there might be some good to come from such shootings – that the anti-gun constituency may now become as loud as the pro-gun constituency – I become greatly concerned. Such incidents cannot be perceived to contain any good whatsoever! I believe such remarks are strategically intended to take attention away from the fundamental problem and disturbingly suggestive that we are not yet ready to focus on its solution.
Let us all hug our children today and assure them that the tragedy was an anomaly. Let them understand they need not panic, because the people around them – their families, their friends, and their teachers – will protect them. Then let us unite to find and implement means to cure the social ills which cause acts of such desperate insanity rather than divide ourselves over regulatory policies which by themselves cannot change the cultural landscape for the better.
Meadows Place, Texas