Newtown, One Year On

by evanmcmurry

My hometown paper’s front page perfectly captures our utter impotence in the face of the gun lobby:


Our problem with guns goes far beyond the laws that could potentially regulate them. BUT, to the extent that the gun lobby has mugged our words—defining “freedom” as the right to own a weapon, not the right to not be shot by it; “safety” as more guns, not fewer; “tyrant” as the imagined intrusions of government, rather than the ability for any gun-toting nut to be judge, jury, and executioner—a juridical response could at least establish a rhetorical zone in which we’re not held at gunpoint. Alas.