Politics getting in the way

Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 18:01 PM.

As we ring in the New Year, a year that portends at least for now more of a "thunk" — a sound like that of a cracked bell — the overwhelming tragedy in Newtown, Conn., still haunts us. Our culture, like that bell, is as cracked as Adam Lanza, the believed killer of 26 women and children in Newtown, including his own mother 10 days before Christmas Eve.

Newtown haunts us because of its randomness and even more than previous mass murders, its senselessness … because of the innocence of the victims. They were women and little children for God’s sake. At school. Their little drawings celebrating and anticipating the holidays hung on the walls of Sandy Hook Elementary.

The calamity of it all — and our introspection of what we can and should do about it — tears at our souls.

President Obama during a Dec 16 speech in Newtown asked, "What choice do we have?" He went on to ask, "Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard?"

While he talks a good game saying that a "comprehensive solution" to gun violence must be implemented, the president is focused on the gun control — or lack thereof — aspect of this tragedy.

Why? Gun control, especially now after the unbelievable horror of Newtown, is easy compared to the politics of a truly comprehensive solution to violence in America. But gun control alone will not solve our sickness.

It is politics that self-imposed Obama to no action on gun control during his first term. He likely would have lost the election had he tried to implement an assault weapons ban his first term. So he failed to pursue any real gun control legislation to ensure his re-election.



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