Taking Meaningful Action

Words from the President today:

The majority of those who died today were children — beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. They had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. Among the fallen were also teachers — men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams.
So our hearts are broken today — for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children, and for the families of the adults who were lost. Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors as well, for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children’s innocence has been torn away from them too early, and there are no words that will ease their pain.As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it’s an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago — these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, and these children are our children. And we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.

Time to take meaningful action. It sounds like the President is going to push more aggressively for strict, comprehensive gun control that places the values of public safety and security before the values of the gun lobby and a perverse ahistorical reading of the Second Amendment. But, to be honest, Obama has shown little inclination to do more than talk when it comes to gun control.

I would love to see him turn today’s emotion into an authentic push for actual legislation. In the mean time (and the times are mean), the least we can do is this.

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