NRA Liars and Congressional Cowards

    by Walter Brasch   President Obama cast off his “No Drama Obama” garb, and became the fiery leader of hope and change that Americans first elected in 2008. At a speech in Hartford, Conn., the President, frustrated by Republican obstructionism, demanded of his audience, “If you believe that the families of Newtown and Aurora and Tucson and Virginia Tech and the thousands of Americans who have been gunned down in the last four months deserve a vote, we all have to stand up.” He demand, “If you want the people you send to Washington to have just an iota of the courage that the educators at Sandy Hook showed when danger arrived on their doorstep, then we’re all … Continue reading

Sandy Hook and Gun Control: Will This Time Be Different?

  It has now been one month since twenty 6-and-7-year-old children and six adults were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The grief and outrage following this second deadliest school shooting in US history was predictable – and also perhaps different. Since the Columbine shooting in 1999 there have been more than forty School shootings in the United States, including Virginia Tech where 33 were killed. In his remarks at the Newtown memorial service the President referred to four mass shootings that have occurred on his watch: “Since I’ve been president, this is the fourth time we have come together to comfort a grieving community torn apart by mass shootings, fourth time we’ve hugged survivors, the … Continue reading

Mayors Air Gun Control Ad on Tucson Shooting Anniversary

Although former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband took the spotlight Tuesday, a group of U.S. mayors added their weight to press for stronger restrictions on gun ownership on the anniversary of the day she and others were shot in Tucson, Ariz., with a coordinated TV ad effort. Two years after the Tucson mass shooting in which six were killed and left Giffords fighting for her life, Mayors Against Illegal Guns released a new television ad featuring Roxanna Green , mother of Christina-Taylor Green , the nine-year-old girl murdered that day.  The 30-second spot opens with a scene from the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in which 20 children were killed.  In the ad, Green demands that elected officials … Continue reading

Sandy Hook – Our Children, Their Environment

We cannot understand what happens in the universe. What is glorious in it is united with what is full of horror. What is full of meaning is united to what is senseless… – Albert Schweitzer She was the first student who ran out of the Sandy Hooks Elementary School, an un-named six-and-a-half-year-old.  She ran out of the building, covered in blood from head to toe, and the first words she said to her mom were, ‘Mommy, I’m okay, but all of my friends are dead.’ Somehow, in that moment, she had been able to act as if she was already deceased, no doubt saving her own life. Of those who were left in the classroom of first graders, she was … Continue reading

Nancy Lanza: A Mother, a Gun Enthusiast and the First Victim

As the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting story continues to unfold, we learn tonight that Nancy Lanza, the mother of the shooter, Adam Lanza, was a gun enthusiast. Nancy Lanza loved guns, and often took her sons to one of the shooting ranges here in the suburbs northeast of New York City, where there is an active community of gun enthusiasts, her friends said. At a local bar, she sometimes talked about her gun collection. Why am I not surprised… Because in America we have glorified violence and made guns easier to obtain in some states than a driver’s license. Because gun enthusiasts are so absorbed with their top lobbying group that they fail to listen to reason or common sense. … Continue reading