As my thoughts go out to Congresswoman’s Gifford’s family I’m reminded of a line from the West Wing. In the wake of the attack on the president and his staff, CJ delivers this moment from her podium.
This is our 5th press briefing since midnight. Obviously, there’s one story that going dominating news around the world for the next few days, and it would be easy to think that President Bartlet, Joshua Lyman, and Stephanie Abbott were the only victims of a gun crime last night. They weren’t. Mark Davis and Sheila Evans of Philadelphia were killed by a gun last night. He was a Biology Teacher and she was a Nursing student. Tina Bishop and Linda Larkin were killed with a gun last night. They were 12. There were 36 homicides last night. 480 sexual assaults, 3,411 robberies, 3,685 aggravated assaults, all at gunpoint. And if anyone thinks those crimes could have been prevented if the victims themselves had been carrying guns, I’d only remind you that the President of the United States himself was shot last night while surrounded by the best trained armed guards in the history of the world. Back to the briefing.
Please, oh please, I hope that what happened today wasn’t politically motivated, but no matter what happened, can we please have a real discussion about GUNS in this country.