Twenty-six people are now dead in Newton, Conn, 20 of them little children in the Sandy Hook Grade School. Shot dead by a 20-year-old man armed with high-load magazine pistols, those handy rapid-fire guns with their quick-load clips --such a useful weapon when you need to mow down little kids in huge numbers.
The President wiped away a small tear and called for a national dialogue. Congressmen called for a "conversation" about guns. The NRA placed a few leash-jerking calls to their wholly owned Congresspeople, making sure they're locked down tight. A few people even called for placing more guns in the schools, arming teachers and principles. Heck, why not carry permits for the kids.
Gun registrations upped as Santa's Wish List spiked to include the buying MORE guns for Christmas. (The perfect gift! Be sure to include lots of high-load magazines.) Pundits went on the air to ask, "How many kids must die before America comes to her senses?" ignoring the fact that Americans love their guns more than they do their children, so the number of kids dying is limitless. Twenty? Forty? One hundred? Not a problem. Plus, America's highly competitive and right now, this killer failed to top the number killed at Virginia Tech rampage, so that record still needs to be beaten. Twenty kids murdered only made it the second highest deadly rampage. Not good enough.
All the boo-hooing will go on for a few days, our fake "national mourning," that makes us feel good while doing nothing to solve the problem. Then it will be back to the same-old.
Except for the families in Newton. And they don't count.