Column: Obama must take steps to ensure gun safety is priority

The desolation one feels about the slaughter of innocents in Connecticut is compounded by the knowledge that under current circumstances it inevitably will happen again — that when the shock fades, the political climate will allow it to be repeated.

In that regard, the word “unimaginable” to describe the

precision murder of 20 6 -and 7-year-old children and six of their adult supervisors is utterly inaccurate. It is imaginable considering the development of a culture that puts more value on instruments of death than on human life and does so with the complete concurrence of those we elect to be responsible.

As the bits and pieces of this horror are put together, what has emerged so far is the picture of a mother who ultimately paid the price for her own paranoia and a son who in some ways was a victim of that disease. Nancy Lanza, it seems, was suffering from the same fears that grip millions of Americans who believe that without firearms they will be slain on the streets or in their beds.

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