I have been in tears many times since Friday afternoon. I am holding my own children tighter; I am sure you are as well.
On Friday, the heroism and generosity of teachers and school staff in Newtown became apparent to us all.
Mr. President, you are our Mufasa. You cannot say that "each time I learn the news I react not as a President, but as anybody else would -- as a parent." Let us -- the mothers, fathers and teachers -- react as parents but you must react as a President.
It not entirely clear whether tighter gun laws would prevent mass shootings. It is matter we need to weigh. Regardless what decision we make, if we can find a way through this debate to grow into the adults this country needs then the effort will not have been wasted.
There are constructive uses for firearms as tools, but the liberties in that domain long ago eclipsed their legal and philosophical rationale. Please, America: please be angry.
I remember July 18, 1984 really well. I was at camp in Maine -- ironically, at the shooting range -- when someone shared the outside-world news that a man had shot people at a McDonald's in California.
Remember the 20 children who died in Newton Connecticut.
Doesn't the issue of gun control require a consideration of what is right rather than merely our constitutional right to bear arms? Does justice really care which political party ushers her in?
The murderer of little children wore combat gear. What war was he fighting? Who was his enemy? Who gave him his marching orders and high-powered weapo...
The old NRA argument is that guns don't kill people, people kill people. The truth however, is so much more straightforward: people with guns can kill a lot of people.
Twenty-seven dead, 20 of them children, 10 days before Christmas. Two dead in an Oregon mall earlier this week. How many times does this have to happen before we realize that an unrestricted right to bear arms is ludicrous?
All violence is tragic, even when it's necessary, and regardless of whether or not it occurs on a small or large scale, or if it happens today or if it happened last year, the correct time to discuss it is always now.
How young do the victims have to be and how many children need to die before we stop the proliferation of guns in our nation and the killing of innocents?
We are a highly moral country. We decry torture, we decry discrimination, we decry exploitation, and we decry political suppression wherever in the world it occurs. Then why should we not decry the terror of gun violence?
No matter how many years go by, no matter how many things change, too many things stay the same -- hate, violence, and fear.
When I drive to Jav's school in a few moments, my drive will be far different from those parents who drove there just this morning only to learn their child was murdered. I will pray. I will hug my kid and take him for that cupcake I promised him for getting a great grade on his math test.