by Richard Thompson, Hillsdale College
A Connecticut town is left reeling, while the death of innocents are exploited for political talking points. All this just two weeks before Christmas.
Early Friday morning, 20-year-old Adam Lanza opened fire on children and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. This heinous act of violence claimed the lives of 26 people, 20 of them being children between the ages of 6 and 7. Hours after this unspeakable tragedy occurred, politicians already began to call for gun control legislation.
“If now is not the time to have a serious discussion about gun control and the epidemic of gun violence plaguing our nation, I don’t know when is,” Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said. “I am challenging President Obama, the Congress and the American public to act on our outrage and, finally, do something about this.”
It’s simply ridiculous that the facts of the case haven’t even been completely reported and congressmen are already calling for legislative steps. Who do these congressmen think they are that they can politicize this tragedy when parents have barely had enough time to process the fact that their children won’t be with them for Christmas?
But it is not simply Washington politicians who are taking advantage of the chaos in Connecticut, but also local officials and members of the media.
“When will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons?” media mogul Rupert Murdoch tweeted Friday afternoon. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that President Obama needs to act immediately and call on Congress to fix the gun problem in this country.
Unfortunately, Murdoch and Bloomberg are looking in the wrong direction. Authorities determined that the guns he used were obtained legally from Lanza’s mother. What should be looked at is the psychology of the killer and what led him to commit his crimes.
These pro-gun activists need to realize that this act of violence had nothing to do with gun control legislation and everything to do with a deranged psychopath. They need to step down from their soap boxes, stop being politicians for once, and treat the Connecticut shooting for what it is: a tragic and evil act.