Editorial: Do or die

If the cold-blooded slaughter on Fri­day of 20 in­no­cent, darling, pre­cious little school­chil­dren in Con­necti­c­ut has not made you a little less cheer­ful or caused you to shed some tears this hol­i­day sea­son, you can­not pos­sibly have a heart.
As folks throughout the na­tion con­tin­ue to grieve with the fam­il­ies of the murdered little boys and girls and sev­en adults who were cut down by a mad­man with weapons, a glim­mer of hope seems to be rising from Amer­ica’s crushed heart.
It’s the stark real­iz­a­tion that this at­ro­city can, must and will be dif­fer­ent from all of the oth­ers be­fore it and will be the cata­lyst for au­then­t­ic ac­tion in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. and state cap­it­als throughout Amer­ica.
“We must come to­geth­er to move our na­tion to­wards com­mon sense, re­spons­ible gun laws — laws that re­cog­nize the re­spons­ib­il­ity of gun own­er­ship, and en­sure safety and se­cur­ity in our homes, schools, com­munit­ies, and pub­lic spaces,” con­gress­wo­man Allyson Schwartz told her col­leagues on the floor of the House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives on Monday. Amen!
In a state­ment on Tues­day, the Na­tion­al Rifle As­so­ci­ation of Amer­ica claimed to be “shocked, saddened and heart­broken” by the mas­sacre and said it was pre­pared to of­fer “mean­ing­ful con­tri­bu­tions” to pre­vent sim­il­ar at­tacks.
Now it’s put-up-or-shut-up time for the NRA and the pleth­ora of politi­cians in Con­gress and state le­gis­latures who are in the NRA’s back pock­et.
Are they go­ing to sup­port the status quo, or are they go­ing to en­act real gun con­trol — be­gin­ning with ban­ning the sale of as­sault rifles to the gen­er­al pub­lic?
In oth­er words, will the gun nuts and the politi­cians try to do busi­ness as usu­al, or will they be Amer­ic­ans?
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