The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Sandy Hook

December 15, 2012

Editorial: Shooting won't change views on guns


But America already knows how this is going to go. We're getting scary good at this. There will be school counselors and vigils and maybe some protests.

We will all hug our kids extra hard. I don't know if I'm going to be able to let my kindergartner and third-grader go to their sleepover this weekend, I won't be able to let them go.

There will be great work done by reporters in the next few weeks uncovering how the shooter was able to get his hands on the weapons. We'll probably learn that he was mentally ill, that there were holes in the safety net and everyone around him saw the signs, but our treatment of mental health issues is lacking, our care incomplete and our system broken.

Schools will re-examine safety procedures. It's going to be even harder for the babysitter to come pick up a child or for mom to drop off a forgotten lunch because of new ID checks put in place and security guards hired by the school district. And somehow, parents are going to agree to this madness because, what else can you do?

The drills for surviving during a school shooting will now begin in kindergarten. Preschool board meetings will discuss whether this should be looked into. Board members will nod sagely. What else can you do?

Sandy Hook will become a database entry, next to Columbine and Stockton and Virginia Tech.

What isn't going to happen? Nothing will change when it comes to guns in America.

That is something rotten and infected in our culture. And it breaks my heart, at least 26 different ways today.

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