The premise of the complaint that we don't normally have to endure politicization of our major national sporting events is simply false. Examples abound, but the most unrelenting one is the steady diet sports fans have been fed of nearly compulsory worshipfulness of our armed forces.
There have been wide scale efforts to educate students and families on other public health crises. It is now time to create effective programs to help young people and everyone involved in their lives learn about mental health.
It could have been just the one. That's where it starts. That's all it takes. Just one man who says a gun will not define his manhood. Just one football player who says his life, and the lives of his loved ones, mean more than machismo.