Few are guilty, but all are responsible

Few are guilty, but all are responsible

Gun Rights

I’m sickened by the extremes to which pro-gun activists go to reinforce their 2nd Amendment beliefs. There are arguments to be made for why various firearms should be kept legal; however, the tactics that some use to diminish lives lost from gun violence and bully those families that have suffered through these tragedies is truly appalling. The Sandy Hook shooting is one tragic event that most Americans will never forget. On Dec. 14, 2014, a lone gunman, armed with high capacity weapons, stormed a suburban school in Newtown, Connecticut, and viciously murdered 20 six-year-olds along with six staff. The sheer brutality of the attack on such young children was unprecedented. Imagine the fear that community experienced when they learned about the shooting. Imagine the grief that the parents of those 20 first-graders felt when they weren’t reunited with their children. Imagine the pain these families must endure every day. Now imagine someone claiming that your fear, your pain, your loss, is a hoax. That’s exactly what right-wing provocateur Alex Jones did when he asserted repeatedly that the Sandy Hook shooting was nothing more than a government conspiracy. His cruel actions were intended to create doubt among his audience and, ultimately, prevent any gun control measures from being proposed. For years, Jones and his conspiracy theorist henchman relentlessly tormented the victims’ parents, traveling to Newtown to harass the families and spread ridiculous claims that their children were still alive. Jones continuously aired false reports and, to his audience, legitimized these […]

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