None are so blind as those who refuse to see.
To those who are not in denial, it is plain that the media
is having a field day with the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting rampage, and that
the same media is totally in the tank for the gun grabber lobby.
Going along with this media feeding frenzy is Governor
Dannel P. Molloy of Connecticut. He is asking that there be, as public
memorial gesture, a moment of silence this coming Friday. I'm completely okay with that.
And he is asking
ring their bells
I can accept that,
with a few reservations.
reservations are that once upon a time, in the old country, the ringing of
church bells was the signal for the pogroms against the Jews to begin.
When I was in my elementary school years, my
grandparents lived around the block from a Catholic church.
My grandmother never really made peace with
the daily tintinnabulation of the church bells, having, as a young girl, come
in the process of escaping a pogrom in her town.
So while the particular church bell ringings
requested by the Governor will carry none of the evil accoutrements of those
heard by my grandmother in the old country, there still is a little bit of
baggage in the trunk for some of us.
But the Governor is specifically requesting that the bells
be rung 26 times.
There were 28 people killed in that rampage, including the
shooter himself (whose name will not be set forth in this posting). It is appropriate, if not imperative, that he
not be glorified in the same breath as his victims.
So now we are down to 27 people. They are the 26 victims at Sandy Hook Elementary
School itself, plus one victim who was killed off
premises. The 27th victim – actually,
the very first victim chronologically – was the shooter's mother. Why should she not be counted among the
victims? Why is she being marginalized?
I see an agenda here.
Recall that, notwithstanding the hoplophobes' hue and cry for more gun
control, no anti-gun statute could have prevented the rampage because the guns
used were taken by the shooter from his mom, who collected them.
Lawyers, myself included, have been trained to find and
target partners with whom to share the blame for situations. It is fair to state that few if any lawyers
would fail to entertain the thought that the gunman's mother (or, now, her
estate) may be at fault for not properly securing her lethal hardware.
If I represented a party who planned to sue the old lady's
estate, I would advise the client to not declare the old lady to be a victim on
par with those who were killed at the school.
And so, I smell a device.