American Proscenium

Adam Lanza’s America

Newtown has now joined the ranks of Columbine, Aurora, and Virginia Tech as ominous names that evoke memories of tragic violence.  This one stings especially because 20 children, ages six and seven, were among the 26 murdered at the hitherto tranquil Sandy Hook Elementary School by a punk named Adam Lanza.

Celebrities and news anchors self-flagellated and slobbered as the grisly details flooded in—many of them false, as it turned out—but it goes without saying that all morally sane people were saddened and angered at hearing the news of the slaughter of 20 little children, not to mention the brave teachers who shielded their bodies.

“Now is not the time to politicize this event” was heard early on, which, like the fallacy of skepticism, was a sure indication that the opposite was already occurring.  Indeed, the very language of the reporting, rooted in both fact and speculation, came locked and loaded and aimed at restricting private gun ownership.  Immediately, the conscious whoops! of confusing automatic and semiautomatic weapons appeared.  Writers and reporters wondered aloud about the need for any private citizen to own ammunition designed to “fragment once it enters the body.”  Like the ironic preface no offense, many a statement by politicians began with that old stand-by, “I am in favor of the Second Amendment, and I support the...

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