Look, the last time people said this was two days ago, when that guy shot up a shopping mall in Oregon. The last time before that was last month, when a man opened fire in a shopping mall outside Milwaukee. Time before that? a month earlier, in Minneapolis. Five dead. A month before that, the Oak Creek Gurdwara massacre. A month before that, James Holmes at The Dark Knight. The last four months alone have been marked by unspeakable violence. And each time we were told, "stop using this tragedy. It's not the right time."
When is the right time? This is not trying to "push one's views." This is responding to a national tragedy in the only way that we, as horrified bystanders, should: by asking ourselves, how do we fix this? It was a mass murder. I've been crying for three hours straight. I can't imagine how those parents feel right now. And while they mourn, it's time for the rest of us to stand up for them, for the victims in the past, and for potential victims in the future.
This is not a silly political issue. This is not some talking heads arguing on a 24-hour news channel. These are the bodies of children being carried out of what should be a safe place, and enough is enough. Now, while we are filled with sadness and anger, now is the time to stand up. Before we forget again, and before the next one happens.
How did the mathematician solve his constipation problem?
He worked it out with a pencil.