Gun laws and mental health services must change to reduce the annual loss of life.
A fickle public and failed political leadership often require horrible tragedy to prompt action on chronic problems. The debate over gun control and mental health services that rages in the wake of the Newtown shootings is long overdue, not in response to those rare incidents, but because of dozens of individual gun deaths that pass little-noticed every day in America.
The victims’ families and the community of Newtown suffered terrible loss. The nation mourns with them.
The nation should mourn, too, the tens of thousands of people who die from firearms yearly.