President Obama at a memorial service last night for the victims of the latest shooting rampage:
Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard?
Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?
Maybe this time — finally — the answer will be “no.” Dozens of dead college students weren’t enough. Dead high school kids weren’t enough. Randomly shot citizens weren’t enough. Maybe 20 dead first-graders will be enough.
I read somewhere that, although the vast majority of people in the US back sensible gun laws, it’s not politically possible to have them because the people who oppose them, though a minority, are single-issue voters. And of course, they’re backed by the NRA, which punishes any politician who dares to suggest that being ass-deep in guns contributes to the tidal wave of deadly violence in the US.
I got a robo-call last night from the Superintendent of Schools in my county, which is more than a thousand miles away from Connecticut. She just wanted to let us parents know our schools would have extra security today. This is the sort of thing that can turn someone into a single-issue voter.