Sandy Hook: a madness that must endPosted: December 15, 2012
Once again – and with depressing regularity, we find ourselves outraged by yet another gun-related massacre in America. This time it’s innocent victims are excruciatingly young and the scale of fatalities painfully high.
To quote the West Wing’s President Bartlett:
“The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels tonight. They’re our students and our teachers…”
In the aftermath of past outrages there has been little political desire to effect a substantive change in America’s gun control laws. So potent is the fear of NRA-induced electoral oblivion, the legislature has been paralysed.
Sadly, this problem extends beyond guns. For too long, special interest groups and powerful lobbies have prevented decisive action on a range of pressing US domestic and global issues.
Whether its gun control, climate change, Israel/Palestine etc. maintaining the status quo is not only a stain on America’s democratic credentials in the eyes if the world but an unacceptable compromise for its citizens.
In addition to tackling gun control, perhaps President Obama, can work to leave a lasting legacy for both America and the World by reigning in the hugely influential entities who have obstructed and intimidated so readily in the past to serve their own interests.
One final quote from the West Wing:
“the true measure of a people’s strength is how they rise to master that moment when it does arrive”
The moment has arrived.