If one wonders how a horror like the one that occurred on Friday in Newtown, Connecticut can happen, one need look no farther than the mindset of some Neanderthals who went berserk over the fact that Obama's address preempted a portion of the 49ers-Patriots game. Somehow I suspect many of such viewers are likely gun fans as well. Truthfully, there are times I believe that this country would be a far better place without professional sports - at least if all the time and attention spent on sports were focused on making the country and our communities better. The Washington Post looks at Obama's address last night. Here are highlights:
President Obama offered words of solace to a heartbroken and inconsolable community Sunday, meeting with loved ones of the dead from Sandy Hook Elementary School and lamenting at a nationally televised memorial service that the United States has failed in its duty “to keep our children, all of them,” safe from harm.
Two days after the massacre of 20 children and six adults by a young man firing a military-style semiautomatic weapon in a hallway and classrooms at Sandy Hook Elementary, Obama, apparently alluding to gun-control laws, vowed to “use whatever power this office holds . . . in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this.”
“No single law, no set of laws, can eliminate evil from the world or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society,” he said. “But that can’t be an excuse for inaction. Surely we can do better than this.”
The president’s visit to this community of 27,000 people, about 30 miles west of New Haven, came as the debate over gun control raged anew and as investigators continued the laborious job of sorting out precisely what happened Friday morning at Sandy Hook, and why.
Earlier Sunday, authorities disclosed that the 20-year-old gunman, Adam P. Lanza, stormed into the elementary school with “numerous” high-capacity ammunition magazines for the .223-caliber Bushmaster assault rifle that he used to carry out the carnage.
The specifics of Adam Lanza’s weaponry, publicly disclosed by police, raised questions about how he had obtained so many magazines. And it suggested that the attack could have been even worse. When he died, Lanza still had numerous rounds of unspent ammo, and authorities later found a shotgun in the car he used.
Each of the Newtown victims, ages 6 to 56, was shot at least twice and some were hit by as many as 11 bullets, authorities said.
And the reaction in wingnut land? It is not pretty and underscores the sickness that this country suffers from. Here are a few samplings of the reactions of these less than fine Americans:
Take that nigger off the tv, we wanna watch football! @Hester52 @Ty_CoolerThanU - Bradley Patterson@2A_HogOfTheYear