Thank you to The Bee for your thorough coverage of the movement to expand and strengthen background checks on the federal level. On page A-7 of the June 6 issue, the article that reported on the #NotOneMore demonstration in front of the NSSF was informative, balanced, and timely.
On January 25 my seven-year-old daughter made her first penance with her second grade classmates at St. Rose of Lima Church. I couldn't help but think, looking out at the scores of families assembled, that there were children who were not in attendance because of the December 2012 rampage at Sandy Hook School. Children who died that awful day should have been with us, sitting in the St. Rose pews, making funny faces at each other and listening to Father Bob's amusing recollections of his childhood.
Recently, a friend sent a Facebook link from the Washington Examiner entitled: “Obama Should Blame Tea Party, Not NRA, For Gun Control Defeat.” He asked for my opinion. I thought about it for a while before I responded because I wanted to be precise. I was grateful for both the article, and for the solicitation of my feelings. My own thoughts became more clarified as I wrote the following (slightly edited) response:
WASHINGTON – The National Rifle Association tapped a Newtown parent who lost a son in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings to help it unveil a proposal Tuesday that recommended putting armed personnel in the nation's schools.
At a press conference Tuesday, Mark Mattioli, whose son James died in the Sandy Hook massacre, supported the NRA's initiative, made public the week before the U.S. Senate begins a gun-control debate.
A crowd of protesters both supporting their Second Amendment rights and the National Rifle Association, and a large faction pushing for stronger gun legislation in the wake of 12/14, gathered at the intersection of Wasserman Way and Queen Street late Thursday afternoon. More than 100 protesters — many with handmade signs or carrying flags — crowded the curb after 4:30 pm as drivers in rush hour traffic beeped in support. The crowd Thursday was the largest seen to date.
Despite the sincere and sustained attempts by the people of Newtown to have serious discussions about the many issues that have come eddying into the public realm from the deeply personal grief and shock of the December 14 massacre at Sandy Hook School, the continuing conversation has been intermittently interrupted by those more interested in provocation than progress toward understanding and consensus.
In the 1986 sci-fi thriller, The Fly, a scientist begins to turn into a fly. As he implores one of the characters, “Don’t be afraid,” a reporter covering the experiment responds, “No. Be afraid...be very afraid!”