Newtown’s Tragedy, Our Challenge

By on December 19, 2012

Daniella Gibbs Léger grew up in Verona, and went on to become a special assistant to President Barack Obama. She has a piece on Essence today that asks the question that many of us have been asking since the massacre of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday: How can we keep tragedy from happening again? Here’s what she has to say, in part:

There is not one, easy solution to this problem. Banning semi-automatic weapons won’t stop all killings; removing all violence from movies and video games, aside from being impossible and ineffective, won’t stop all killings; even better parenting probably won’t stop all killings. And taken together they still may not have stopped the Newtown killings. But I REFUSE to believe that the answer is to shrug our collective shoulders and say, “We can’t do anything to stop it.” That’s weak. That’s bull. And that’s not the America I know — the country that makes things happen out of sheer force of will just because we’re America.

You can read the full column here.

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