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  • My view: Memories fade, inaction prevails

  • Time has the uncanny ability to transform what’s important, make it unimportant and push it to the background. What emerges is deafening noise that devalues underlying problems and fails to address what truly can make a difference.
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  • Funny thing about time, it tends to distort perspective, numb emotional value and shift intent.
    Time has the uncanny ability to transform what’s important, make it unimportant and push it to the background. What emerges is deafening noise that devalues underlying problems and fails to address what truly can make a difference.
    I remember Dec. 14, 2012 well. Many will recall where and when on that day they heard the news of a mass shooting at an elementary school called Sandy Hook in Connecticut — now ephemerally associated with tragedy.
    I marked my 24th birthday on Dec. 14. I refrain from using the word “celebrate” to describe that birthday, when the mood of the nation was anything celebratory. I recall an immense feeling of guilt about proceeding with plans that evening to go to dinner with friends. How could I have a good time when anguish and grief filled much of the nation?
    But that day passed.
    Five days after the shooting, President Obama issued 23 mostly administrative executive orders, in addition to proposals of 12 congressional actions — a first step taken to finally address a problem in this country.
    The cries of a crestfallen nation that so soundly reverberated through the nation in the days following the tragedy began to decrescendo. Time began to heal wounds for those not immediately affected by the shooting.
    While the families of the victims will feel the impact of the shooting for a lifetime, Sandy Hook escaped daily life of millions of other Americans.
    The days continued to pass.
    Gaping wounds and broken hearts have turned into hardened rhetoric as this country has tried to address how to move forward.
    I don’t know the answers. Only the foolhardy say they do.
    Personally, I don’t see the recreational necessity of a 30-round magazine in any instance. Until someone proves to me that high-capacity rounds are used for activities beyond intent to kill, I don’t see their place for public purchase.
    I see the need for tougher penalties for straw purchases — purchases whereby someone buys firearms or ammunition for those the law says cannot. In my estimation, mandatory universal background checks would help.
    Politicians, agencies, etc. could debate the merits for or against any variety of action for years with no real change.
    The days since Sandy Hook continued to pass — 110 to be exact — before the state of Connecticut did something.
    Governor Dan Malloy signed into law the most stringent gun laws in the country Thursday. I don’t know if they will work. No one does. But an event the magnitude of Sandy Hook will happen again if NOTHING is done.
    Page 2 of 2 - Malloy noted in his speech, “We have come together in a way that relatively few places in our nation have demonstrated an ability to do.”
    Perhaps those in the halls of Congress can follow the example set in Hartford, Conn.
    Time will tell as the days slip away.
    I’m tired of the phrase “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” as a scapegoat for inaction.
    When someone says that, I hear: “I want something done, as long as it doesn’t affect me.”
    That mentality works. Until it does affect you. Everyone in this country should now realize that nothing is immune to the dangers of a psychopath.
    The state of Connecticut did not allow the memory of 20 children and six adults go without action.
    When will the rest of the nation and the representatives in the federal government follow suit? Rumors suggest that the legislature has no hope of making a decision on any Obama’s proposals.
    With no tangible change of any kind, how soon will this country revisit the same tragedy?
    The days for viable action continue to dwindle as the raw memory of Dec. 14 face.
    The days pass in want of an answer.

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