A reasonable person, considering recent events, might wonder why Adam Lanza could not tolerate the conflicts in his life and chose to resolve them using overwhelming force. Did he learn the lesson of zero tolerance taught in our public schools all too well? Is not overwhelming force our first choice? Win at all cost? Are not these the ideals of the newly reinvigorated faction clamoring for gun control?
Ever vigilant for an opportunity to exploit emotion to dupe the public, Washington seizes upon the tragedy of Sandy Hook Elementary School to escalate the polarization of America. "Gun control!" rings from their lips when a reasonable person might ask what they have been able to control lately. The deficit? No. The illegal immigration? No. Illegal drugs? No. Drunkenness? No. Dog fighting? No. Their bladders? Possibly. So, to cover their own ineffectiveness as they lead the government ever deeper into the fiscal tar-pit, they will trot out proven failures with a new polish along with even more brilliant insanities to dazzle our minds while the tar absorbs us.
If the American public chooses not to be duped "one more time," it might insist that members of Congress demonstrate that they can, indeed, at least control their bladders. With that issue settled and with the confidence it would instill, they could then proceed to one of the more substantial control issues already on their plate. However, only in the unlikely event that they successfully complete their existing challenges should they be permitted to add new ones.
Brian M. Ames, Randolph