Newtown is but another in a string of occurences which will continue without a frank assessment of gun control, not abolishment, as fearmongers would scream, but real control.
The hierarchy of the NRA is no different than that of any special interest. They get paid through dues or fees for one purpose only; to advance the agenda of their membership. Failure to even believe in the cause is automatic unemployment.
I moved from NYC to the upstate countryside, reasons including the belief of relative peace and safety.
What I encountered was a culture of misguided conservatism, rooted in the idea that our soldiers died to protect our freedoms, as long as those "freedoms" were in line with their culture and traditions, one specifically for this discussion about the freedom to bear arms.
While gun related violence in the inner urban areas in no less tragic, it is treated as the expected product of the environment. What then are the events in small town america the result of?
In the cities, the only things we could shoot were squirrels, pigeons, and each other.
In the country, I understand that there is game and sport to be had. Who needs a semiautomatic rifle or major artillery to shoot a deer? What animals will not be there seven days from now, while you wait for a background check?
Gun owners cry that it is an invasion of their privacy to have their business known.
I say, as a non-gun owner that since you now possess an instrument whose sole purpose is destructive, I would like to know that you have been deemed by an accepted critical assessment to be competent to possess such an instrument.
Florida's open carry law already has proven the worst scenario of the human condition.
Do NOT let ANYONE say that Newtown, Aurora, Columbine, etc., are but aberrations in the normal course of human relations. You, the families of victims, must outnumber, outvote, overwhelm, and overcome the insanity and illogic of unnecessary weapon possession.
God does indeed bless us. Sadly, many arrogant people throw the blessing back in His face.
I'm sorry if you might feel this message is inappropiate, which is your right, but the dead can't speak for themselves.