Well, Luanne, while we're waiting for our leaders to figure out a way to deal with the mentally ill, a Congress that is not tied around the fingers of the gun lobby might think it wise to institute universal background checks to perhaps make it a bit more difficult for some of the crazies to get guns. A simple, humble thing, but beyond the power of a national legislature where money talks louder than common sense or senseless deaths.
As for good guys with guns being the answer to bad guys with guns, as I understand the situation in Colorado yesterday, there was an armed officer in the school, but the shooter still managed to walk in with a shotgun unimpeded. In the vast majority of schools there will always be more doors and windows than cops.
Today, as we mark the anniversary of Newtown, what we're really noting is another anniversary of doing nothing. The Washington Post said it best this morning: 71 deliberate
gun deaths of children under 10 since Newtown.
To mark the occasion, we're sending still another check to the Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence, and making a few more phone calls and sending a few more letters to Congress.
Those of us who do not see arming everyone as a solution to gun violence must continue to put our voices, our checkbooks and our votes behind our convictions, and I, for one, will continue to do that.