Politics getting in the way

Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 06:01 PM.

It is politics that has replaced black and white absolutes with shades of gray. Right and wrong have been replaced with "whatever."

While we have to do something, gun control alone cannot be the central tenant of our solution to the unspeakable tragedy in Newtown if we hope to have any real success. But it will be. While there are far bigger problems than gun control that need to be solved, they won’t be.

President Obama made a plea in Newtown two days after the massacre that the politics shouldn’t be too hard to change. He said that the status quo is unacceptable. Since he was talking mostly about gun control, he’s right.

But he isn’t talking about the real, comprehensive change that would give us the best chance to never be haunted again by a tragedy of this magnitude. He can’t. The politics are just too hard. God help us. He’s the only one who can.

Barry Fetzer is a columnist for the Havelock News. He can be reached at fetzerab@ec.rr.com. 

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