Of all I’ve read about the shootings Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting I think Phil Plait said it best,
Online and in the media I see a similar urge with those talking about this. And it’s a natural reaction to try to assign blame, saying it’s the fault of the NRA, or politicians, or a failed health care system.
None of that is true. I’ll tell you who’s to blame. You are. I am. Everyone is.
America has been called the Great Experiment, and it’s really true. When this country was founded it was a chance to start again, to try to learn from past mistakes, take what was good from learned experience, and apply all that to create a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
And since then, we’ve experimented. We—the American people—expanded voting rights to women, to blacks, to everyone over the age of 18. That experiment worked. We experimented with banning alcohol. That experiment did not work. We’ve experimented with a national road system, a space program, deregulating the airline industry, and more. Some things have worked, and some haven’t.
The purpose of an experiment is to learn. And one of the many purposes of learning is to act on what we’ve learned.
Politicians are the front line of this action. They make the laws. So in events like today’s we look to the politicians and try to lay blame. That’s natural, and not unwarranted. We also look to their influencers, like lobbyists. That’s also natural, and also not unwarranted.
But who are the ultimate influencers of politicians and the laws they make—or don’t make?
You are. I am. Everyone is.
Because we are the ones who are the caretakers of this experiment. And we’re abrogating our responsibility. We are watching the same events unfold over and again, and we’re not doing anything to change the conditions. That is not an experiment. That is irresponsibility, plain and simple. And the responsibility is yours. It’s mine. It’s everybody’s.
And we must ask ourselves: What have we learned today? And what are we, the people in charge, going to do about it?
Yes, it’s time to call our experiment with the Second Amendment as written and as interpreted by the Supreme Court a failure. It’s time to try something that works for good rather than evil. And yes, that we have not addressed this failed experiment is my fault as much as the fault of anyone else.
Please read all of Phil Plait’s post. I left out some his most important points.