Like many of those who are more supportive than critical of the National Rifle Association, I have struggled mightily this weekend not to respond to friend’s Facebook posts holding the organization responsible for Friday’s shooting in Connecticut.
Horrified, as we all are, by what happened, they want to pin the blame on someone and choose an outfit of which they have long been critical. Perhaps, it makes them feel better. Or perhaps, it helps them make sense of actions which transcend the understanding of rational, civilized people.
As the ancient Greeks so well understood, we will never fully understand the irrational.
What makes this one so particularly painful was the murder of twenty children, none older than 7. And that they were killed in a season where most of us celebrate with our families. Twenty-seven families will have less to celebrate this year, feeling the loss of a child, a girlfriend, a wife, a sister, an aunt or a mother.
It is those murdered individuals and the families we should be thinking about right now. As a nation, we are united in grief. Yes, there is political rhetoric to criticize and media behavior to condemn, but in criticizing it, we lose sight of what really matters.
Some people get it. I have seen numerous Facebook posts from friends on both sides of the political aisle and those about whose political leanings I know nothing who have offered touching tributes to the fallen as well as gentle reminders to cherish our family and friends. (more…)