It’s a paradox.
There’s the old cliché that words fail, that events like the horrific shooting today in Newtown, CT leave us speechless.
And yet, I find that I just can’t stay silent.
I can’t have the post from this morning, however much I’m happy with it, be the last thing I say here today at Fish & Bicycles. To do so, it seems, would give the impression that I am either living with my head in the sand, or I’m so insensitive as to act like nothing happened, or that I’m carrying on as if my heart isn’t aching.
As President Obama said earlier today, those of us with children will all be hugging our children tighter tonight.
Also, in response to gun apologists who want to deflect blame by claiming that anyone using this tragedy as an excuse to bring up gun control is politicizing a tragedy, I think John Fugelsang has it right:
The people the NRA accuses of 'politicizing a tragedy' are actually just trying to prevent the next one.—
John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) December 14, 2012
That said, while guns are indeed a HUGE part of the problem, there are accompanying societal issues going on here that desperately need attention. We have to do something about both of these factors.
So there. I’ve said what I needed to say.
My son finished his first big stint in high school today, and the only bright spot in my day was receiving the text he sent as soon as class was out:
I’m gonna go home now and heal my heart with my wife and son, so incredibly grateful for them and their safety.