by Leonard Pitts Jr.
I am running out of words.
Some crackpot who couldn't get a date stabs and shoots his way across the
I mean, I know how this goes. We all do. Weren't you sort of expecting it when the father of one of the
We've seen it all before, in Newtown, in
So I am running out of words. Or maybe just faith in words.
Which ones shall I use? "Sickening?" "Obscene?" "Grotesque?" "Tragic?" You've read them all a hundred times. Do they still have power to punch your gut? And what argument shall I use those words to make? Shall I observe that a gun is a weapon of mass destruction and that mentally impaired people should not have access to them? Shall I point out that as a statistical matter, a gun in the home is far more likely to hurt someone you love than to scare off a burglar? Shall I demand we hold our leaders accountable for failing to pass some kind of sensible laws to rein this madness in?
And if I do, do you suppose it will make any difference?
It is a measure of a uniquely American insanity that truths so obvious and inarguable are regarded as controversial and seditious by many people in this country. Indeed,
This is why I am running out of words, or faith in words. Too much blood, pain and death. And the dictionary is finite.
I'll tell you something, though. I grew up in
But when carnage becomes routine, we lose more than lives. We lose some essential element of our very humanity. Seven people died in
So I guess I cannot afford to run out of words -- or faith. None of us can. Running out of words is an act of surrender, an obeisance to the obscene. Running out of words is running out of outrage. Both those who died and those of us left behind deserve better than that. Our humanity deserves better than that. Here, then, is one final word flung against that high and indifferent wall:
Enough, you hear me?
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