Never again

Yesterday evening in Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama spoke to a grieving community and to the nation about the Sandy Hook school shooting. When he spoke the names of the twenty children slain by multiple bullet wounds, as many as eleven, I thought that words of comfort from the President, church leaders, other politicians and ordinary folks from nearby towns might comfort and sustain parents and siblings of the deceased in the days and weeks ahead. But those words of comfort and makeshift memorials of flowers and toys will do nothing to prevent similar tragedies from occurring again and again in the future. It is up to us to ensure that similar tragedies do not occur again. We cannot prevent all gun violence in the future, but we can and must reduce their frequency. That is the lesson to be drawn from Newtown. We must heed it or someday we may suffer the same consequences.

Guns don’t kill people, people with guns kill people.