Flags are at half-staff as Americans collectively mourn the murder of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. on Friday. Photographs that captured the faces of the innocent youth and their brave teachers that day make us weep for the pain and loss their families are facing this Christmas season. Everyone wants to find a way to prevent this nightmare from happening to another child, but none of the proposed solutions would do that.
This should be a time to pray for the lives lost and to rally around the families affected by the horror. Churches and other places of worship were packed this weekend as many looked for answers as to why someone would do something so unimaginable.
Unfortunately, there are those who can’t set aside politics for even a day. They seek to take advantage of the public’s tears and fears to accomplish what wouldn’t be possible during a less emotional time.
On the very day of the tragedy, Rep. Jerry Nadler, New York Democrat, went on MSNBC to begin the push for more gun control laws, saying, “I think we will be there if the president exploits it.” New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg likewise stepped forward before the victims’ bodies had been removed from the crime scene. He issued a statement Friday calling on President Obama to take “immediate action.”