Because I cannot imagine the pain the parents of Sandy Hook are suffering, I hope every senator agrees to meet with them and hear them out.
I welcome any or all of them to my radio show to tell me how I and my audience can help them and their families.
Grief and sorrow do not only wound but they also can serve to energize and clarify.
Just last week two amazing Gold Star mothers--Nancy Soltes and Lindy Daily--came into the studio to alert people about the construction of a Fisher House in Long Beach that they are championing. They are using the memory of their sons and their sacrifice to power their service to others.
So too are the moms and dads of Newtown, and they deserve a hearing. But they ought not to expect instant agreement or even eventual consent. What they have is a testimony that ought to be heard and respected, but the very difficult issue of how to prevent another delegation of sorrow like theirs from ever having to come to the Capitol is difficult beyond imagining.
A nation indifferent to freedom could simply decree that no guns would be allowed in private hands. That would require repeal of the second Amendment, but it could be done.
A nation tired of pornography and violence on big and little screens and in video games could abridge the First Amendment. A country weary of courtroom spectacles could tinker with the Sixth Amendment.
All of the terrible and not-so-terrible sorrows, hardships and coarse features of modern life could be done away with via changes to the basic structure of how we live and have lived for centuries, as a people preferring freedom to order.
The particular problem of insane people or fanatics doing great violence--yesterday it was knife-wielding maniac on a Texas college campus, tomorrow it will be a gun or a bomb somewhere else--ought to trouble every good hearted person. My friend Congressman John Campbell wrote one of the best essays on this after the Newtown massacre and I recommend it to you.
How it would be good for the president or the vice president or Harry Reid or Diane Feinstein to just once--once--confront the dilemma that their proposals don't seem to have much chance of actually working to prevent the next horror. It would be so much more honest if they were to advocate for confiscation of weapons or a serious, thorough-going registry of individuals diagnosed with significant mental disability.