Lydia Howell: When domestic mass-killers are white men (as they nearly always are), when motives are not linked to international groups, when guns are used—not explosives or terrorist tactics like using vehicles as weapons—the standard response is “It’s too soon to talk about what to do.”
Tom Hall: The focus on the concerns of LBGTQ people since the massacre is appropriate, but also dangerous. We mustn’t keep seeing LBGTQs as people apart.
Laura Finley: I don’t want to pray for victims. I don’t want to seek vengeance on perpetrators. I want this never to happen again; I want to never feel this weight again.
Walter G. Moss: How many more tragedies will families have to suffer before Congress, Democrats and Republicans, put ideological biases aside and do what they are paid to do—legislate for the common good?
Randy Shaw: 2013 will lack the excitement of a presidential election year. But it is activism between elections that brings change.
Peter Dreier: It is time for the media to bury Wayne LaPierre where he belongs — in the business section, not the front pages.
Rev. Irene Monroe: If the men were males of color, poor white males or Muslims these recurring mass shootings would be stereotypically explained as inherent to their make-up, affirming and fueling continued fear of them.
Karen Finney: It’s time to reframe the conversation about guns to focus on how we address the realities of human behavior to more effectively prevent gun violence and protect our safety.
Sikivu Hutchinson: When you’ve been suckled on Ozzie and Harriet, its “hard” to have your whiteness referenced as a source of violence; especially by people of color.
Peter Dreier: The blood of the 26 victims of the Connecticut shooting, including 20 young children, is on LaPierre’s hands. He didn’t pull the trigger, but he’s the NRA’s hit man when it comes to intimidating elected officials to oppose any kind of gun control and the nation’s most vocal advocate of gun owner rights.