We’ve said “Never again” so many times that the phrase has lost its meaning.
We said it after Columbine.
We said it after Gabby Giffords’ meet-and-greet was sprayed with bullets, and a nine year old girl was killed.
We said it after Sandy Hook, after 20 children were murdered.
Black and Latino parents say it after every drive by shooting, every murder on our streets.
But it always seems to happen again, and again.
Thirty-five thousand Americans have been killed by gun violence since Sandy Hook. “Never again” quickly turned into “business as usual”, as the NRA flexed its muscles, as Sandy Hook Truthers oozed up from the mud, as politicians scurried to assure their fealty to gun fetishists.
Now, we might have reached a tipping point.
And if it happens, if Isla Vista is what turns the trajectory, it will be, sad to say, because it happened in an affluent, influential neighborhood, filled with college students, a “white” area which wasn’t supposed to witness such horrific violence.
And if it happens, it might be due to the efforts of Richard Martinez, father of one of the slain.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama participate in tree plantings at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington, D.C., April 21, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Quinnipiac: First Lady Michelle Obama gets the warmest rating … when American voters rate their feelings about politicians and other national figures in a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie is third … but 55 percent of American voters don’t know enough about Christie to form an opinion…..
1 Michelle Obama (60.1), 2 President Clinton (59.2), 3 Christopher Christie (57), 4 President Obama (56.5), 5 Rudolph Giuliani (52.3), 6 Mike Huckabee (51.8), 7 John Boehner (51.1), 8 Mitt Romney (50.4), 9 Tim Pawlenty (48.2), 10 Jon Huntsman (47.9), 11 Ron Paul (46.3), 12 Michael Bloomberg (46), 13 Michelle Bachman (45.6), 14 Mitch McConnell (45.2), 15 Mitch Daniels (45.1), 16 Donald Trump (45), 17 Rick Santorum (43.9), 18 President George W. Bush (43.9), 19 Haley Barbour (43.5), 20 Newt Gingrich (42.7), 21 Sarah Palin (38.2), 22 Harry Reid (34.8), 23 Nancy Pelosi (32.9)