Robert C. Koehler
"Evil visited this community today," the governor of
"We have met the enemy and he is us."
This may be the hardest truth of all to swallow. But the point-blank murders of 27 people, including 20 small children as they sat in their classroom at
In one of the safest communities in America, we couldn't protect our 6-year-olds and our 7-year-olds, despite the fact that we have been waging a "war on evil" for the past decade-plus. Indeed, the semiautomatic rifle
The killings, writes
Something's wrong with the world we've built. The children might as well have been gathering firewood in
Wary Democrats, for instance, may be ready to risk the wrath of the NRA and reopen debate on the expired assault weapons ban. "Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?" President Obama said in his speech in
And pro-gun-rights Democrat
"I don't know anybody who needs 30 rounds in a clip to go hunting," Manchin said when he appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "I mean, these are things that need to be talked about."
Maybe such statements represent an opening in the national impasse on gun control that solidified in the wake of the Columbine shootings in 1999. While firearm regulations are necessary -- and a ban on assault weapons is reasonable -- what matters far more than any actual bill that might result from the
Countering this possible awareness shift is the gun-buying frenzy the shootings have sparked from sea to shining sea.
The phenomenon is replicated everywhere. Business was brisk anyway (Christmas season, you know), "But this tragedy is pushing sales through the roof," a
Fear, panic, manhood, whatever. Most of the gun-buying public isn't thinking it through more deeply than: Get your semiautomatics now, before
Combine such an excitable fear with so much else, including a violent entertainment culture and -- lest anyone forget -- an insane national commitment to war and a military-industrial consensus that dominates foreign policy, and the American Paradox starts to become visible. We love our children but we also love to play war. Theologian
"How do we turn things around?" Butigan asks. "How do we reorient our culture from one that assumes that violence saves us to one where nonviolent solutions are the default? How do we build a nonviolent culture?"
The only way to honor the 6- and 7-year-olds of
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