I was on to something early.
I understand the complexities of covering something as uneasy as the Newtown tragedy. There is no right/wrong answer. But as I said last week, common sense and restraint is always a good method. One would hope it would apply here.
On another issue...
This is a media blog but occasionally we step aside and allow for debate. For the past few days many of you have come here to vent and opine. That's cool. A good debate isn't bad. It's a part of a healthy civilization and democracy. I'm sorry if it took an insane thing like the Newtown tragedy to bring forth this debate. But the very act of a civil discourse is OK. It's calming, it at least opens up dialogue and allows for all of us; even those of us who are passionate about what we believe and what we don't believe to assert our position. We don't all have to agree. That's OK, but this gun thing has touched a nerve. Even the most hardened gun-control critics have said it's time to explore other options. I agree.
And yes, it's not simply guns. Of course it's also about mental health and related topics. But at least the dialogue has begun. And that's a positive sign amid the grim background.
*Am I the only one who found it odd that the president conducted a news conference on Wednesday about the idea of beginning legislation resulting from the Newtown massacre and then many reporters began asking questions about the fiscal cliff? Sure, a big topic, but somehow felt out of place given the circumstances. Eventually, a question about Newtown emerged. Should have been the first question.
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