So we can add 26 more to America's gun violence body count, this time, 20 first graders and seven adults mowed down by another reclusive lunatic. And its becoming so frequent, we're all becoming inured to it.
I wonder how many Americans were annoyed Sunday night when NBC cut away from the 49ers-Patriots game to broadcast President Obama's remarks at the memorial service in Newtown, Connecticut?
Last Friday, it was the same footage we always see: grim faced first responders and panicked parents rushing to the scene; surviving school kids shivering in terror, and another police chief trying to make sense of the insane.
Those first graders thought they were safe in their Sandy Hook classroom, no doubt giddy over the approaching Christmas holiday; baking cookies with mom, wrapping presents with dad, sledding with their friends. Then the shooting started, their little bodies cut to pieces by high powered bullets shot from a semi automatic assault weapon with a 30-round magazine.
These are the images we need to see, not the sterile, "here-we-go-again" footage we're accustomed to and, yes, indifferent to.
Let's see those victims so we all know what bullets really do. Let's be as shocked and sickened as those first police officers on the scene were at the sight of those dead babies and the women who gave their lives trying to protect them.
What's that? You don't think it's appropriate? Guns don't kill people? What about your Second Amendment rights?
Columbine. Virginia Tech. Tucson, Aurora. Now Newtown. Innocents slaughtered with weapons that should have never been in the hands of their maniac killers. Do the rest of us care enough now to enact sensible gun control laws? Is our outrage, at long last, enough to finally tip the scales?
Or will we just change the channel again.