I’ve been trying to decide if I had anything articulate to say about the horribleness in Newtown. I’m not sure I do. My friend, Alan Bedenko, does a pretty good job here, but it is a hard think to wrap your arms around. With social media we’ve got an outlet to think aloud, react aloud, even if you are in the room alone. I’m struck by the idea of such little kids giving “What was it like?” style interviews to curious reporters. I think that sticks with me. To a degree, that might help, but I know if a member of the press tried learning my kids experience without checking with their mom or I first, I don’t know how happy I’d be about it.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked if “today was a good day to talk about gun control.” He deferred, replying about concentrating about what was currently transpiring, but I think we all would have wished he said that yesterday, might have been better. A good friend of mine alluded that controlling guns seems less important when compared to making sure them just tougher to get for the lunatics. The President is right, we’ve been here too many times.
We’ll probably never change the 2nd amendment, but it would be good to know that when it was written that the muskets weren’t automatic.
I’m not sure what’s next, but after the flurry of knee jerk reactions, but these scenes are playing out far too often. I know I care nothing for any knowledge about the shooter and the frantic pursuit about his id among the national media was laden with mistakes in the name of breaking the story. The p.r. pro in me wants them to spend more time being right, as that is infinitely more important than being first. That’s the trouble with all the microphones, just heard one blowhard talk about “How liberals will use any excuse to push a program…” . The blowhard didn’t stop to consider that politics played no role. It does seem like sensible is kicked all over the playground in favor of extremes.
That town is forever changed. All those families are forever scarred. I know those folks have to remember without reliving.
The pursuit of “why” might ultimately be folly.
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” ~ Thomas Edison