But beyond taking public action, the ultimate solution lies in each individual understanding that these shooters act out of the same anger, fear, and hopelessness that their violence evokes in us.
We cannot afford — as individuals or as a society — to keep mirroring their motivating angst.
The best antidote is to embrace the opposite of those thoughts and feelings. These include empathy, calmness, mercy, hope and openness, all of which have as much substance to deter killings over time as do metal detectors in the moment.
Editorial, The Christian Science Monitor, http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/the-monitors-view/2012/1214/Newtown-shootings-What-to-say-to-ourselves
Mr. Obama said today that "we have been through this too many times" and "that "we are going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics."
When will that day come? It did not come after the 1999 Columbine shooting, or the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, or the murders in Aurora.
The more that we hear about gun control and nothing happens, the less we can believe it will ever come. Certainly, it will not unless Mr. Obama and congressional leaders show the courage to make it happen.
Editorial, The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/15/opinion/death-in-connecticut.html
Not even kindergartners learning their A-B-C's are safe. We heard after Columbine that it was too soon to talk about gun laws. We heard it after Virginia Tech. After Tucson and Aurora and Oak Creek. And now we are hearing it again. … Obama rightly sent his heartfelt condolences to the families in Newtown. But the country needs him to send a bill to Congress to fix this problem. Calling for "meaningful action" is not enough. We need immediate action.
Michael Bloomberg, Mayor New York City
The horror of this day seems so unbearable, but we will lock arms and unite as citizens, for that is how Americans rise above unspeakable evil. Let us all come together in God's grace to pray for the families of the victims, that they may find some comfort and peace amid such suffering. Let us give thanks for all those who helped get people to safety, and take heart from their example. The House of Representatives — like every American — stands ready to assist the people of Newtown.
John Boehner, Speaker of the House
We've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. And each time I learn the news I react not as a president, but as anybody else would — as a parent. And that was especially true today. I know there's not a parent in America who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.
The majority of those who died today were children — beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. They had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. Among the fallen were also teachers — men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams.
So our hearts are broken today — for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children, and for the families of the adults who were lost. Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors as well, for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children's innocence has been torn away from them too early, and there are no words that will ease their pain.
Barack Obama, President
Two deadly shootings in one week point to a glaring need for a sober, unrelenting conversation about gun control.
On Friday a gunman fatally shot 27 people, including 18 children, at a Connecticut elementary school, and the toll may rise. On Tuesday, two people were killed and one injured at an Oregon mall.
Enough. The historical annals of gun violence in places normally thought to be safe — shopping malls, an elementary school, a movie theater — is growing crowded and bloody.
Editorial, The Seattle Times, http://seattletimes.com/avantgo/2019905585.html