Earlier today twenty seven people were murdered by a deranged gunman at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty young children were killed in the carnage. It was the second deadliest school shooting in the history of the United States. Horrific and tragic don’t even begin to describe the murders…there aren’t any words that can adequately describe them.
Almost as soon as the last shot was fired the politicizing, sermonizing, posturing and recriminations began by those who decided to take advantage of the murders to advance their own particular agenda. It was ugly and self-serving and in effect treated the victims as nothing more than pawns and useful tools instead of human beings, children, who had just been murdered. President Obama was among the first to jump in when he used the phrase “And we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.” in his response.
That means more gun control.
Obama wasn’t the only one trying to take advantage in the immediate aftermath of the murders. There were many, many others as well, including other politicians, the media, lobbyists, one issue know-it-alls, religious nutters and other usual suspects.
Where was the sincere, heart-felt grief among them?
They should all be ashamed of themselves. Their actions were demeaning and insulting to the victims and their families and exposed themselves as the callous opportunists they really are.
They should also back off and give the parents and relatives of those who were murdered time to come to grips with their loss, time to grieve.
That would be the decent, human thing to do.
There will be plenty of time to examine the murders in depth later on.
In the meantime, decency and humanity demand that the parents and relatives of those who were murdered be left alone.