Monday, December 17, 2012
This time, let the deeds follow the words
Twelve years ago I heard a visiting American school choir give a concert in a church in Venice. They were very good. That choir came from Newtown, Connecticut. I imagine some of those teenagers may now be parents with children at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I hope their children survived but we know that twenty did not.
There is little that we can do about this. We can show our shared grief as these children in Karachi did.
We can join a Facebook page of condolences. There are many. Here's one. After the Columbine shootings I wrote to Bill Clinton, whose presidency was looking pretty ragged by then. Do something on gun control, I suggested, and your term of office will not have been wasted. Yesterday, President Obama spoke in Newtown. He said, "We can't tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end and to end them we must change". I wish him success. This time let the deeds follow the words.