By Dudley J. Emick Jr.
Let me first state the obvious: The horror in Connecticut will repeat itself. There is no simple or easy solution to this type of tragedy. Based on my time as an elected official and as a judge, I would suggest a few ideas that only nibble at the edges.
At the top of my list is the president and governors who start off by saying, ” this is an unspeakable horror,” and then proceed to ramble on for two minutes or so with words that when analyzed mean nothing. The idea that our leaders must say something, or worse yet, go to the scene, is an affliction created by television that should be stopped. One network even had the brass to run a list of presidents, in descending order, who were very good about feeling the public’s pain at various tragedies. Let the victims and their families privately mourn in their different ways. That Connecticut had to assign a state patrol officer to each family says more about this era of television reality than I could fathom.
Emick is a retired state senator and lives in Daleville.