The Legacy of Sandy Hook: An Unprecedented Opening for Change

The wholesale slaughter of children sparked an unprecedented opening for change in this country. Killing children broke something fundamental in our culture. On that sad day, it felt as if there was a giant ripping in our society — yielding a gaping hole in all that was sacred and right. It was like watching the Twin Towers collapse all over again, but now it was our children. Many have asked if we have waited too long for action, the answer is simply no. Babies and guns do not belong in the same sentence. Assault weapons must never again be used to kill children.

It’s that opening – the gaping wound — that is inspiring our President Obama and Vice President Biden. This unlikely duo appear to be fueled by the fire of what is possible, and are driving a Mack truck through this opening right now — whether it is to push through the broadest gun safety legislation; or enact comprehensive immigration reform; or to raise the minimum wage; or end violence toward women; or to support gay marriage.

Watching our President Obama the evening of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School – it was clear that he would leap tall buildings to save the children and people of this country. It had become a Holy Crusade and compromise is off the table. Witness the fervor with which this team is working to move their Cabinet nominations forward even for beleaguered Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel. Republican shenanigans are not being tolerated even on their home turf, the House of Representatives. These folks can rant and rave for the cameras (and they do), but are falling flat with no run way. The President’s approval ratings are soaring even in the shadow of the latest, manufactured financial machination of the ‘sequester.’ And it is this fundamental lack of empathy and understanding that may be the down fall of the Republican Party as we know it today.

Frankly, the President is done turning himself into a human pretzel and for this we must rejoice. You just can’t compromise with folks that hate you and all that you stand for. It’s a travesty that it took this horrific loss of lives in Sandy Hook to galvanize the American people – but it did. Unbelievably, today one child still “dies every three hours from gun violence in the United States.” Everyone knows that gun safety legislation is not about the Second Amendment, but rather about sustaining a modern civilization.

The winds of change are upon us. Just witness the President’s news conference today on the impasse over what is called sequestration. He’s not backing down.

 

1 thought on “The Legacy of Sandy Hook: An Unprecedented Opening for Change

  1. Wow, this article shows a profound ignorance, or misrepresentation, of the facts. Where to begin?!!

    Assault weapons must never again be used to kill children.

    No “Assault Weapons” were used at the Sandy Hook Shooting; every single gun used was a handgun. But the term “Assault Weapon” which has no meaning in the real world outside of legislative bodies shows the author’s ignorance.

    The President’s approval ratings are soaring

    No. The President’s RCP rolling-average approval rating is at 50.6%. That’s hardly “soaring”.

    manufactured financial machination of the ‘sequester.’

    It was manufactured… by him. The sequester was his idea despite his lies on it’s origin. But that really doesn’t matter. Despite his demagoguery on the issue (really the only thing he’s good at is spreading hate, anger and fear) a ~2% cut in spending is hardly something to worry about.

    It’s a travesty that it took this horrific loss of lives in Sandy Hook to galvanize the American people – but it did.

    Well, depends on how you define “galvanize”. Since more people support the NRA proposal than the President’s. So, I guess, they’re “galvanized” behind the Civil Right of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

    Please educate yourself before you embarrass yourself again like this.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/01/22/gun-control-obama-nra/1851643/

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