"Fine words and lofty prayer pack up like cheap umbrellas in a storm. What is needed is the political resolve to confront a scourge. Newtown has become a decisive test of whether second-term Obama is different. The signs are not good. His Newtown speech did not contain two essential words: guns and laws."What does young Adam Lanza, armed with a .223 Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle, have to do with anything “well regulated,” or with a “Militia,” or with “security,” or with a “free State” or with “the people”?Nothing.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Obama Has a 'Second' Chance
New Roger Cohen column for NYT online chides Obama for not promising more and talking tougher in wake of Newtown massacre--words not that different than those used after Gabby Giffords attack. Cohen expresses (correct) bafflement in Europe over our gun culture and gun laws and "praise the Lord, pass the ammunition," as I would put it: