We certainly can’t talk about how to address gun violence. With details still emerging about the horrific murder of at least 27 people, including at least 20 children, at an elementary school in Newton, Connecticut, we can’t possibly discuss the fact that the killer was armed with at least two handguns and fired as many as 100 shots in his killing spree before either being killed or killing himself. It’s way too soon. We’d be politicizing this.
At least that’s the story. But if we don’t discuss gun violence, we ignore the fact that guns may not kill people, but they certainly make it easier to kill people. We don’t talk about the similar events just in the past few months, nor the fact that since the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, America has had twice as many school shootings as all other nations on Earth combined.
But we have to discuss these things, because the alternative is to ignore some simple steps we could take to avoid tragedies like this. Yes, that may “politicize” the shooting, but refusing to talk about it is an abdication of our responsibility.