Searching for answers after Newtown and finding little.
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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy identified it on Friday. “Evil visited this community today,” he said at a press conference in Newtown. And evil it was. The sort of evil that can produce an Adam Lanza doesn’t spring from lax gun laws or violent video games. Its roots run deep into our culture. And it’s indelible; anyone who suggests they can end evil is a dangerous fool.
Newtown is being called a “close-knit community” and a “small New England town” where “nothing ever happens.” These are all clichés that get tossed around after tragedies. But as someone who grew up just outside Hartford, I can assure you they’re completely true. Outside of its cities and casinos, Connecticut is a bucolic state lorded over by old Congregationalist church steeples, out of reach of the blinding glare of New York and the mad politics of Boston. There’s a reason so many horror movies and novels are set in New England villages. The juxtaposition of tranquility and evil is irresistible.
But evil really did visit Newtown on Friday. And its presence raises questions bigger than gun control; questions of God, morality, cultural decay. These aren’t political matters and Washington can’t fix them.
Maybe we’ll acknowledge those questions, labor to answer them, and bring about real change in the wake of Newtown. Or maybe we’ll pass a few obligatory laws, pat ourselves on the back, and declare mission accomplished.
But whatever happens, it must wait. Right now, the daze remains.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online