Too high a price for a freedom
Little children, for God's sake. Precious, innocent and slaughtered in a paroxysm of violence in a quiet little town. The mind reels, the heart aches.
President Obama did last night what presidents do at times of national tragedy, and he did it well. He was eloquent and as comforting as one could be under the circumstances.
With 26 people killed, 20 kids and six adults, this was the country's second-bloodiest massacre after the one at Virginia Tech in 2007. And, perhaps, the most shocking and disturbing because of the age of the victims.
Everyone is asking why, and it is a good question. But not necessarily the right one. We know enough about the killer, a severely disturbed 20-year-old, to know not to look for a rational explanation. There are many such people in the world, and the United States seems to have more than its share.
Something else it has, probably not coincidentally, is a glorification of violence. While the nation was mourning the death of all those little children yesterday, it was also treated to the usual violence and mayhem in advertisements -- for movies, TV shows, video games. Almost all of it involved guns.
And that, even more important than the why, is the how. There are lots of crazy, violence-prone, evil people in the world, but they can't do the kind of damage that Adam Lanza did. That's because they don't have the easy access to these weapons of destruction that he did -- and the next mass killer will.
Obama shouldn't settle for comforting words, as he had to do yesterday given the setting. He needs to use that anger and impatience he was obviously feeling when he asked whether the safety of our children wasn't more important than a particular right, and lead a serious fight for gun control.