It needed to be said
This isn't the sort of thing that you really want to hear, or even say right before Christmas. I just think it needed to be said, because the people who should be making such statements are not willing to do so.
Last Friday I watched the news as reports poured in about the tragedy at Sandy Hook. The initial reports were muddled, confused, and would mostly be rewritten in the following days. There were two things, however, that became very clear; Something truly horrid had occurred at an elementary school in CT and it was going to be a political football used to create a new assault weapons ban.
The families of the victims deserve better than that. In fact all of the people who's lives have been impacted by media and politically exploited crimes deserve better.
Look at these faces.
These are men who killed innocent people. Not one of these men was forced to pick up a gun and shoot people. They CHOSE to commit atrocities. Regardless of how they came to be this way, they are evil. They are not the only ones.
You can try to make people feel safer by outlawing black rifles. Evil people will still exist. They will use any means available to bring harm to others. The modern world is full of tools that can be used for constructive or destructive purposes. Cars can become weapons, gas can become Molotov cocktails, fertilizer can become explosives, and planes can become guided missiles. You can't get rid of technology, and all the laws in the world won't stop determined people from using it.
What you can do is accept that there are bad people in the world, prepare yourself as best you can to deal with whatever evil confronts you, and because you can never be prepared for every possibility, learn to cherish each day you have and the good people that you share it with.