IT’s Time to Target Gun Violence
Nobody back then contemplated 30-round magazines. An assault weapon would have been considered an unnecessary squanderer of costly ammo.
Which brings us to the mowing down of 20 first-graders, four teachers, a psychologist and the principal at that suburban Connecticut school.
Besides the massacre, two little things particularly grated.
One was White House spokesman Jay Carney, in the hours after the mass killings, declaring that there’d be a day in the future to discuss strengthening gun controls, but “I don’t think today is that day.”
Yeah, well, it seemed like the logical day to me.
The other irritation was the common refrain among politicians and commentators that “No words are adequate.”
No? How about: “This is unacceptable.”
Thank you, President Obama, for saying that Sunday night. “We can’t tolerate this any more,” he told a memorial service. “We must change.”
Slaughtering 6- and 7-year-olds at school. Christmas shoppers in a mall. Moviegoers in a theater. Mass killings — plain and simple — should not be regarded as acceptable in America, 2nd Amendment or not.
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) put it this way Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press”: “The [gun] rights of the few override the safety of the majority? I don’t think so.”