DuBos: We don't need knee-jerk response to Newtown tragedy

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Posted on December 18, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 18 at 7:21 PM

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

All over America, people are making last-minute preparations for Christmas. In Newtown, Connecticut, mothers and fathers are burying their children.

They will not have a merry Christmas this year, maybe not ever.

In Newtown, 20-year-old Adam Lanza went on a shooting spree last Friday. He left 20 school kids and six adults dead — including his own mother.

In the wake of this horror, everyone from President Obama to talk radio listeners wants America to take decisive action. Yet no one, not even the president, has specific plan.

Nor do I. But I will offer this much: What we don’t need is a knee-jerk response, or a quick Band-Aid. What we need is a long, deep conversation about our freedoms, our values, our kids, and our responsibilities. And yes, we need to make some changes.

Some are pressing for quicker action, arguing that, in the past, other acts of horrific violence faded — all too soon — from the public’s memory, and the momentum for change was lost.

Everyone agrees we must do something significant to honor the dead children in Newtown. We can start by making sure that our collective memory, and our collective resolve to make a difference this time, will not fade away.

 

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