AMERICA WILL CURE ITS GUN MADNESS;
It’s time to turn this pain into action.
For every parent, for every citizen in this country, we have to make it clear to every elected official in this country: It’s time to act.
It’s time — for those who obstruct or delay or block the commonsense gun laws, we need to let you know that we will not forget.
We can do so much more. We have to do more.
Resignation has become fashionable in the aftermath of the Buffalo, then the Uvalde shootings. Been there. Said that. Nothing changes. Can't do anything. What's the use.
All of which is understandable, given the way things are going: the stalled campaign to reverse climate change; the Supreme Court’s six-robed crusade to squelch abortion and many other freedoms; the success Republicans are enjoying as they lay their anti-democracy agenda on the rest of us.
In reality, what prevents democracies like ours from solving our crucial problems is despair, and the way hopelessness and resignation paralyze the processes that have always moved the country forward.
As Biden said, we can stop gun violence.
We will, if we work at it and work hard.
Over time, there will be fewer school shootings and other gun deaths.
That sounds like a miracle today; in the future, we will take it for granted.
I'VE BEEN a reporter and writer for 58 years, long enough to have learned that journalists don't know very much, although I've met some smart ones.
Mainly, what reporters know comes from asking other people questions and fretting about the answers.
This blog is a successor to one inspired by our dog, Phoebe, who was smart, sweet and the antithesis of Donald Trump. She died Feb. 3, and I don't see getting over that very soon.
Occasionally, I may try to reach her via cell phone.