The President In Newtown

Opening quote:

To all the families, first responders, to the community of Newtown, clergy, guests, scripture tells us, “Do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, inwardly, we are being renewed day by day. For light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all, so we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven not built by human hands.”

Full transcript here. Commentary to come tomorrow. But some initial reactions from readers:

“Are we prepared that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?” Devastating. I started bawling. The most powerful statement I have ever heard uttered from him or any politician. Ever.

Another also seizes upon that line:

But freedom is not even what needs to be traded to win better control over gun safety. This is the way the gun lobby wants to frame it, in terms of freedom. But really it is merely the convenience and pleasure of gun hobbyists – not a glorious noble freedom – that is being preserved at the cost of these awful innocent deaths.

Nobody complains that their automotive freedom is under threat, yet automobile owners tolerate a host of limitations in the power of their equipment, licensing, registration and insurance requirements, safety standards, and rules of the road when enjoying the freedom of personal transportation. In both cases we entrust adults to own and operate dangerous equipment, but only gun owners scream and howl at the tiniest burden of inconvenience for the sake of safety and aid to law enforcement investigators. It does not kill the freedom to own guns to ask owners to comply with standards for safety reasons. It only adds a little to the cost of that freedom. What we must ask is if that small cost is worth the lives of these innocent babes.