While my newsfeed, and everybody else’s, is filling up with posts about the horror in Connecticut today, I want to add this thought.
Today and in the coming days, a lot of people (on Facebook and elsewhere) are going to be discussing the political and legal implications of a tragic school shooting - just as they did after Aurora, after Gabby Giffords, after Virginia Tech. Why do these things keep happening, and most importantly how can we stop them from happening?
Some people call this “politicizing” a tragedy. I don’t agree with that. Problems call out for solutions. And as far as problems go, kids getting shot at school is just about as bad as they come. So I don’t consider the passionate search for a solution to be inappropriately political in any way.
That being said, here’s something that I always try to keep in mind and that I hope we all can keep in mind. While we may very strongly disagree on what the most effective solution may be, we are all generally in agreement that the shootings of innocent victims need to stop.
People who say that this tragedy shows why we need to ban guns are, for the most part, saying that because they believe that banning guns would prevent such tragedies from happening in the first place.
People who say that this tragedy shows why we need to allow more concealed weapons are likewise, for the most part, saying that because they believe that allowing more concealed weapons would prevent such tragedies from happening in the first place.
Both groups, and everyone in between, are for the most part motivated by a shared underlying hatred and horror of gun violence.
So let’s have a conversation about how we can best stop these tragedies from happening, and while we’re doing that let’s try to remember that we’re all in this together.