Sorrow and a search for solutions

By a3_nm on fr.wikipedia (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

The school shootings in Connecticut last Friday have saddened the hearts of our nation. Our natural reaction is to scramble for ways to keep such a slaughter of innocents from ever happening again.

As emotionally tempting as it is to call for a roundup of deadly weapons, to truly improve the safety of our children, we have to keep certain realities in mind. John Fund at National Review offers a wise perspective:

In reality, gun control in a country that already has 200 million privately owned firearms is likely to do little to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals. We would be better off debating two taboo subjects — the laws that make it difficult to control people with mental illness and the growing body of evidence that “gun-free” zones, which ban the carrying of firearms by law-abiding individuals, don’t work.

One of the young victims was Emilie Parker, who was born in Ogden and who will be buried there this Saturday.

Emilie’s father has shown grace and forgiveness in the face of the unimaginable. Her parents deserve our admiration as well as our sympathy. We also mourn with all the families who have lost so much.