We depart from the usual Friday frivolity known as Happy Hour with some thoughts about guns, public policy and the horrific events in Newtown, Connecticut, a week ago.
It has been a week of somber reflection, at Triad and across the country. We cannot imagine the pain of losing friends and family members to such senselessness. Our hearts and our thoughts have been with the families of the victims, and an entire community whose peace and innocence was stolen, on the sixth day of Hanukkah, 11 days before Christmas.
The rampage sparked a plethora of commentary and debate across the nation. Among the most powerful was a 10-minute, nationally broadcast soliloquy by Joe Scarborough, a four-term former congressman who earned the NRA’s “A” rating for his support of gun rights while in office, and who maintained his libertarian positions through the mass shootings at Columbine, Tucson and Aurora.