Newtown CT a tragedy yes, but don’t compound with gun control agenda

December 15, 2012
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The Google homepage for Saturday, December 15th 2012 said it perfectly. A small candle under the search box.

If there’s a prayer “inbox” in heaven I have no doubt it is overflowing this morning. So much tragedy, so much innocence lost. At times like these words are very hard to come by. Harder still to assemble into any form of meaning in the wake of such a meaningless act.

I spent months surrounded by the death and destruction of the Joplin tornado, yet I cannot even begin to imagine the scene in those two school rooms in Newtown, Connecticut.

Joplin was a war zone. Horrible, traumatic, yes, but yet on the opposite side of the world compared to what those first responders who entered Sandy Hook Elementary will now carry in their memories for the rest of their lives.

The evil that Adam Lanza unleashed yesterday will never be fully understood, no can it ever be fully prevented. For the sad truth that is never allowed to be discussed any more in a politically correct secular society is that there IS evil in this world. It is real, it is constant, and it is with us each and every day of our existence.

Whether it be in the form of a sniper from a school book depository window, a truck full of fertilizer, or religious radicals with box cutters, evil has been and always will find a way to remind each and every one of us just how mortal we are. How that in just minutes on any given day, it has the power to change the course of history and in those same minutes destroy lives forever.

I will not dignify the likes of Alex Wagner, Piers Morgan, Michael Bloomberg, Thomas Menino, Jerrold Nadler, Ed Schultz, and the rest of the pathetic parasites who immediately used one of the worst tragedies in American history to promote their own ideological political agenda with any more than this:

“If you want to use the Newtown tragedy as a nucleus for further advancing a national discussion of violence in our society, I’m all with you. But if you’re going to just bash the NRA and law abiding citizens and demand re-writing of the second amendment without one word of discussion over the debasing of our culture during the past 40 years of liberal assault, I’m not only not in, I’ll fight you ever step of the way. In less than half a century, Hollywood and the secular left has taken a basically polite and civil society and turned it into a Godless, anything goes, politically correct insane asylum of violence, mayhem and murder.”

But perhaps the most mis-informed tweet of the day came from none other than Mr. Conservative news, Rupert Murdoch, who very misguidedly tweeted out yesterday evening:  “Terrible news today. When will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons? As in Oz after similar tragedy. “

Rule number 1 in debating gun control: If you don’t even know the difference between semi-automatic (which are legal) and actual automatic (which require a federal license) than perhaps it best to keep your mouth shut before making brash statements for politically correct gains.

I realize that reason finds little place in the events of yesterday and for the days ahead, but before anyone rushes to judgment, perspective should at least get a seat at the table. I don’t remember the exact program nor the professor’s name (I will post the link if I can find) but on NPR yesterday afternoon he was asked about by the reporter about the “rise” in mass killing deaths recently. His answer will surprise. They haven’t risen. It seems that the average in America is around 150 a year for the past 20 to 30 years.

Yes, 150 is 150 far too many, and after the terrible, terrible tragedy in Newtown yesterday we most certainly need a national discussion on violence and mental illness in America, but with 312 million plus spread around this land, 150 does put some much needed perspective into a very volatile debate.

But this is not a time for numbers and debate, this is a time for empathy and prayer.

Please take time today, in whatever way is your way, to pray for the victims and their families.

May God be with the families, friends and all touched by this terrible, terrible fate.

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3 Responses to Newtown CT a tragedy yes, but don’t compound with gun control agenda

  1. anson on December 15, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Geoff,
    W.e must have posted blogs at near the same time on the CT tragedy.
    We differ in our views however. I believe CT, should reopen the “door” on issues of BOTH gun control and mental illness. At least as far as school shootings the issues are intertwined. Show me any “school shooting” where mental health was NOT a big contributor to the tragedy. Only really “crazy people” use guns for such purposes.
    Can we “remove” all “crazy people” from normal society? I doubt it. Can we eliminate school shooting by trying to control all guns. Nope as well in my view. It will take a two pronged approach to reasonably expect significant diminishment to such tragedies.
    But just listen to “gun nuts” and social liberty fanatics argue against one or the other and demand action on only ONE approach. I believe BOTH approaches are needed. NO “crazy person” should EVER have access to a gun, any gun, period, ever!!!
    Now go try that goal in a political debate!!
    Anson

  2. A Nonny Moose on December 15, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I’m with you, Geoff. Yet as saddened as I was by what one whackjob did in the school in Newtown, I was equally as infuriated when assholes like Bloomberg couldn’t wait to use that act for political gain (and yes, sadly, I’d have to include Mr. Pound in that, at least to a small extent). It must take special shoes to be able to do a happy dance in the blood of children whose bodies aren’t even cold yet, all so you can try to advance a political point. Yet there Bloomberg was (along with far too many others), merrily splashing away. Democrat Representative Jerry Nadler will be hearing about his Freudian slip for outright saying this tragedy must be “exploited” for political purposes. Oh not from conservatives. He wouldn’t listen to them anyway. No, from other Democrats, for daring to be so obvious about what they’re doing. “Don’t use the word ‘exploit’, Jerry! It makes us look like we’re exploiting this while we’re busy exploiting this!” It’s disgusting, but hey, never let a crisis go to waste, right, even if it means a little grave dancing. You can always take your shoes to the dry cleaners if they get too muddy or bloody, or just throw them out and buy new ones.

    Almost as bad are the vulture calling themselves “the press”, sticking microphones in the faces of grieving mothers and fathers, screaming “how does it feel to have lost your baby?”, making sure the camera is positioned just so to catch the pain on the faces and the tears as they roll down. “There are journalism awards to be won here, people! Ratings to be had! GET ME THAT INTERVIEW! They’ll have plenty of time to heal — whatever THAT means — after they talk to me and my film crew! I need to ask them about guns, NOW!” Sadly, they had to assign state troopers to keep the vulture/press away from the families.

    I responded to Anson’s blog. I hope I wasn’t too harsh, Anson. Seriously. We disagree strongly on this issue. Blaming a tool for an act of the user is beyond ridiculous. But we can certainly blame those people who jump right in amidst the still twitching bodies and play in the blood of children like kids in a wading pool, all so they can spew their ideological venom against inanimate objects. The actions of Adam Lanza are finished. He did what he set out to do, and his name should be forgotten. The actions of Bloomberg and his ilk are almost as reprehensible. And note, please, I blame the individual and their behavior. I didn’t blame the car that brought him to the press conference.

    • A Nonny Moose on December 15, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      And I feel I should add, when I implicate Mike Pound, I do mean to a minuscule extent. He’s not a politician pushing an agenda, are a television talking head with a huge audience taking his every word as carved in stone from Ararat. He didn’t have to write about guns, however, and chose to do so.

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