We're all responsible for Connecticut.
All the causes that led up to the tragedy yesterday were known before from other horrible events but we did nothing to prevent them.
Days of rational discussion have passed since a gun man shot up a theatre in Colorado, countless debates have occurred since US Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot, and seven elections have been held since Columbine. In all that time no real change was made to gun regulations, no improved access to mental health programs, and no social recognition of the need to look out and care for those at the fringe.
Now only after this sad tragedy are people clamouring to get something done, what did we all deem more important than the prevention of this and other violent murder sprees? Honey Boo Boo? A fiscal cliff caused by politicians themselves?
Those who want guns better regulated or banned, how many emails did you send to your elected representative about the cause before yesterday? Those who want better provision of mental health services, how many times have you voted because of that or even asked where a candidate stands on the issue?
Hopefully though out of this horrific crime we will act to make sure instances like this never happen again, but our redemption will come only when we stop waiting for tragedies to make us act to prevent future ones.
Friday, December 14, 2012