Instead of my usual column this week

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…a longer essay.

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6 thoughts on “Instead of my usual column this week

  1. peter brush

    An emotional response to the Newtown crime unavoidable, and our pols both share and indulge (not to say, “exploit”) the public’s horror. So, a rush to consider some sort of legislative response is understandable. What’s not is the rush to pass legislation for passing’s sake.
    There should have been hearings on the new laws, not merely hearings into how bad parents of dead children feel. At hearings we would have learned about whether the laws might actually effect anything, might in any way have prevented the Newtown shooting. We might also have learned to what extent the new set of laws comports with our Constitutions.
    Can’t count on our State Supremes for the rule of law on guns, but there is a good chance that the Federal guys will dispose of our emotionally satisfying but illegal new laws. The affection I’ll feel in that event will be gleeful schadenfreude.
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    http://reason.com/blog/2013/04/02/connecticuts-gun-control-a-rush-to-pass

    But don’t think anybody will get to point that out in a public hearing; the legislation is being sent directly to a vote through an emergency procedure that allows for no stops on the way.

    After months of post-massacre hand-wringing, Connecticut’s Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety coughed up measures including the following…

  2. Richard

    The problem with emotions and politics? Look no further than the gun and ammo manufacturers. Is there a better time for the industry to play the Texas card and extort tax concessions, loans, and economic grants from Dan Malloy?

    The vision of a weepy Dan Malloy offering a concession package just tears at the heartstrings. “I only wanted to stigmatize legal gun owners and the mentally ill, not CTs fine weapons industry. On behalf of the people of CT, please accept this bag of money.”

    Some never let emotions get in the way of closing a deal.

  3. Elizabeth

    I value your comments which reflect many of my own points of view. As unspeakable as the tragedy was, as heartfelt as my concern is, as much as I agree that some gun control legislation might be necessary, I fear that proponents will ‘rest easy’ with the sense that they have accomplished something very real very real in response to the tragedy of Newtown and perhaps others. It all feels very ‘knee jerk’ to me. Our society has major work to do on respecting, supporting, and caring for those who have been socially and economically marginalized for whatever reason. There needs to be transformation of our hearts and souls and rational minds that will allow us to consider the needs of others. And I could go on. Thank you for this essay, Colin.

  4. V

    Maybe I didn’t read your essay carefully enough, but if you’re saying that the “gun appreciation” crowd is presenting a more thoughtful, less emotional argument, I’d have to disagree–at least from listening to the snippets of the Jim Vicevich WTIC radio show I’ve heard.

    What I hear there: yes, tons of crowing about the 2nd amendment, and the need for “self protection”. But straining beneath that is a crazy (and bubbling with emotion) paranoia and–I don’t know–immaturity? A little-boys-excited-about-guns subtext that just makes one cringe? (I’ve noticed how often the male callers call Vicevich “Jimmy”~it’s like they’re all 11 years old)

    When I hear the gun advocates talk on that show about their desire for guns/their fear of not having guns, their voices are trembling with emotion, and it’s very disturbing.

    Vicevich sits in his Canton Starbucks and he’s so afraid he feels the need to “pack”? There is no shortage of emotion and unexamined psychological issues in the “gun appreciation” crowd, that’s for sure.

    And when I watched some of the parents of those slain children speak at the capital, I just couldn’t imagine how they were able to gather the strength to get out of their beds, to leave their houses, to say nothing of speaking out in an attempt to try to change gun laws, in hopes of saving lives of children not their own. Humbling courage.

  5. V

    I want to add one more comment:

    Colin, you quote the NRA member as saying, there were no heroes that day, only victims.

    I remember on the news, one of the Sandy Hook teachers saying that she hid her class (in a bathroom? a closet? I forget) and while assuring them that they needed to stay very quiet–and knowing what was happening, and what might happen–she took each child’s face in her hands and whispered to each child, “You are loved.”

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