Today mark the one year anniversary since the senseless shooting in Newtown, CT where a young mentally disturbed man, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, took guns that belonged to his mother, shot and killed her before eaving home, and then walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and shot and killed twenty children and six adult staff members. He then turned the gun on himself.
Newtown brought gun control to the forefront for awhile, but eventually the talk turned to getting help for people with mental problems. Some in Congress wanted to pass laws for background checks and assault rifles with clips and drums that held 30+ rounds of ammunition, but in the end, nothing could get through the Republicans influenced by the NRA lobby.
From MSNBC, in the Too Young To Die series, MSNBC’s Michele Richinick chronicles the lives of children who died from gun violence, in the wake of the Sandy Hook:
On Rachel Maddow: We Cannot Give Up:
Rep. Elizabeth Esty, (D) Connecticut, talks with Rachel Maddow about the fight for gun safety reform in the year since the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy. California, Colorado, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Maryland have all passed some form of new gun safety laws since the massacre. All of those states are controlled by Democrats with the exception of New Jersey where Democrats control the legislature but they do have a Republican governor, Chris Christie. Watch below about the fight for gun control across the country:
Now, a year to the day later, people are still dying from gun violence on a regular basis. Whether by accident or on purpose America’s gun problem does not seem to be going away any time soon. After Newtown, Slate.com began assembling a deeply depressing database of every media mention of a gun death in America.
Friday night on her show, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow pointed out that the U.S. could make much more of an effort to protect our children from guns. “The national discussion about where we are as a nation a year after Newtown,” Maddow said, “is a discussion that mostly feels like one that’s about futility.” “It sometimes seems impossible, like there might be no safe place to be a kid,” she continued, pointing out the Friday shooting at a high school in Colorado.
“The conventional wisdom says that we can do nothing more as a country to stop gun violence,” she said. “You can’t get people to give up any access to guns. ‘Guns are part of who we are and how we live, so get over it!’”
“Or don’t get over it,” she said. “Don’t get over it when they say that there can be no changes to what we’re used to, that there’s no compromise that can be lived with, that the repeated and frequent murder of children has to be normal and there’s no way to stop it at all.”
See Maddow’s impassioned plea to help save our kids in the video below courtesy of MSNBC: