The most important thing for us to do today, as a nation, is to recognize that we have a problem, that there have been a string of senseless murders that have made 2012 a depressingly bloody year. And recognizing that we can and must do something to prevent them.
That’s not being political. That’s being an adult.
Agreed. See also Jason Kottke’s great coverage:
- Roger Ebert on the media’s coverage of school shootings
- Kids and guns in the USA
- How to talk to kids about school massacres
- The NRA is winning the war on guns
- Facts about guns and mass shootings in the US
- It’s a Smith and Wesson Christmas
- How do we prevent school massacres?
- The United States of Guns
- The right day to talk about guns
- Mr. Rogers on helping kids deal with tragic news events
- Japan is a land without guns (and shooting deaths)
- Six facts about guns and gun control
- Studies: more guns, more homicide
And that’s just what Kottke has published as of this writing.
What’s clear is that, as a country, we have a problem. Whether you believe the problem is gun control, or mental healthcare is irrelevant to the problem at hand.
The simple fact is that today, we as a nation, failed to protect our children — that’s on all of us.