The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Sandy Hook

December 15, 2012

Editorial: Shooting won't change views on guns

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But no, this is in full color, 2012. These are kids who just wrote Christmas letters to Santa asking for Mario Wii or American Girl dolls, they are kids who maybe got a remote control car for Hanukkah and grandma wondered if it wasn't too much.

We worry about the hormones in their milk, the violence in Spongebob Squarepants and yet, this same country tolerates the existence of a military-style assault weapon built for no purpose other than killing lots of people on a battlefield — fast.

People will continue to say it's written into our Constitution, and an American right, guns. It's a sticker on a truck, a political statement swathed in red white and blue, a stand on tradition, individualism and a huge lobby soaked in cash and merciless about winning, winning, winning.

"This latest terrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School is no fluke," said Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund. "It is a result of the senseless, immoral neglect of all of us as a nation to fail to protect children instead of guns and to speak out against the pervasive culture of violence. It is up to us to stop these preventable tragedies."

President Barack Obama also spoke to this disease in our nation, where mass shootings are now routine.

"As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it is 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," he said. "And we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.

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