Tuesday, February 05, 2013
NoPassport: The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut this December 2012 prefigured by gun-related tragedies sustained in Aurora, Colorado may be viewed (perhaps by some) as tragic, isolated incidents, but it is important to consider how stricter gun control laws may have prevented their occurrence. How do we as a nation in the US reconcile incidents of senseless violence against our citizens, be they young or old? Since the massacre at Columbine High School in 1999, the massacre at Virginia Tech in 2007, and the shooting that targeted Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson in 2011, (to name only three gun-related events in recent US history), national discussion in the arts and media, and halls of law and governance has turned toward how to cope with increased violence in our society and “easy” access to guns. Calls for gun control arise in our culture every time devastating tragedies of this nature occur. Fourteen years after the Columbine massacre, we still ask ourselves what to do?