Newtown: Tragedy strikes and America mourns (+Video)Editor’s Note: The editorial staff and writers at Conservative Nexus extend our deepest sympathy to the community of Newtown, CT, but especially to the families who have lost their children and family members to this horrific act of violence.
Yesterday, citizens of our nation wept and our hearts stood still as we learned of the tragic loss of 20 innocent young children, all ages six and seven, and six adults shot and killed by a 20-year-old young man allegedly suffering from a mental disorder. (See names and ages of those who died.) Prior to his murderous rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Adam Lanza shot and killed his mother as she lay in bed. After this mass killing, he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. And we ask ourselves, “Why?” How does one make sense out of this senseless act? It is simply impossible.
As a nation these acts of violence seem to be increasing more frequently and with the recent shootings at a theatre, a mall, workplace violence, and now a Connecticut grade school; however, violent acts such as these are mostly carried out by a single person often with a history of mental problems and having reputations of being ‘loners.’ Mental disabilities of all types from bipolar disorder to schizophrenia to depression have always existed, not just in America but all around the world. And, the fear is that our federal leaders will capitalize on these recent tragedies to further erode our rights and freedoms as stated in the United States Constitution.
[See list of school shootings in the United States.]
People should have the right to protect their selves against an act of physical harm.
Listen to Mark Levin's comments on the Connecticut shooting here:
As one media outlet stated:
“Our shooters are creatures of the media, not the NRA. A media that turns killers into celebrities and then warns that the only way to stop more shootings is by cracking down on firearms.
“But no amount of media coverage ever stopped a man with a gun. It only encouraged him. It takes a gun to stop a man with a gun. That is the hard truth of human affairs. It is why we have a Second Amendment, it is why we have armies and police, and it is why people own guns.
“There is no going back to a time before people owned guns. There is no going back to a time when violence did not exist. There is only the reality that killers stalk the streets and that we can either defend against them or take comfort in empty outrage.
“Guns stop shootings. Not all the time and not every time, but they do. Gun control does not.”As a result of this tragedy, Democratic lawmakers and other government leaders are already taking an aggressive stance. For example, long time Democrat, Rep. Jarrold Nadler said yesterday, “These incidents, these horrible, horrible incidents … are happening more and more frequently. And they will continue to happen more and more frequently until someone with the bully pulpit, and that means the president, takes leadership and pushes Congress,” adding, “I think we will be there if the president exploits it, and otherwise we’ll go on to the next incident.”
Bully pulpit? Exploit? This is an outrageous suggestion.
When President Obama addressed the nation yesterday after the shootings, he emphasized the increase of these recent violent acts and that action will be taken:
“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. And we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.”And, on today’s weekly radio speech, President Obama again echoed many of the same words of yesterday’s comments emphasizing the need for, “…meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this. Regardless of the politics.”
Regardless of politics?
The tragedy of yesterday should not be used as a political tool for the goal of promoting an unwanted and unnecessary agenda, for this will only dishonor and disrespect those who perished and those who mourn. President Obama, Senators, Congressmen, and main stream media…take a step back.
This is a time for love and compassion and unity, not Politics 101.