I've been hearing a lot today about how discussing gun control is somehow politicizing the horrific events in Connecticut. We seem to hear this every time there is a mass shooting, a type of event that has become so horribly commonplace in this country that we have well-developed methods of talking about it. Others in the internet world are doing a far better job than I of discussing all this; I will only offer some things our unwillingness to seriously question our gun laws on this day is analogous to.
It would be like not discussing fire codes in the wake of the deadly factory infernos in Bangladesh or after the Triangle Factory burned up.
It would be like not talking about terrorism after 9/11.
It would be like ignoring homophobia in response to Matthew Shepherd's death.
It would be like refusing to discuss "stand your ground legislation" in regards Trayvon Martin's murder.
It would be like a doctor neglecting to tell a patient with heart disease about his bad eating habits.
In short, not talking about gun control today is an excuse concocted by those who wish to dodge responsibility, and they ought to be even more ashamed of themselves.