The meaning of Sandy Hook
Listen to all the media talkers and the politicians and the lobbyists and it soon becomes clear that the insanity of the Sandy Hook shootings and others have different meanings for everyone.
Obviously, we are not protecting our children sufficiently, as the president said. But is the answer more control of guns and ammunition? I’ve seen that response a dozen times over the years, and it never amounts to much more than increased gun sales.
Can we more effectively identify and treat potentially-violent people? Apparently people spot these human time bombs, but don’t seem to be able to do much about their behavior before it’s too late.
The meaning of Sandy Hook for me is tragic loss of life in a society that permits … and often encourages … violent behavior at many levels. Occasionally, that violence reaches the obscene conclusion of mass murder.
In our individual lives we can do something about it. As a nation, we seem depressingly powerless.
For me, that’s the meaning of Sandy Hook.
Our thought for today is from Margaret Mead:
“No society that feeds it children on tales of successful violence can expect them not to believe that violence in the end is rewarded.”