A quote from West Wing has been running through my head yesterday and today. Josh Lyman, a member of fake-President Bartlet's staff, is trying to negotiate with protesters who are trying to get the government to stop doing ammunition drills in an area of Puerto Rico. He is arguing with another member of the President's staff who wants the protesters to suspend their protest temporarily. In essence, this staffer's argument is: "Now is not the time" for protest.
Josh replies: "When is the time to be protesting? Tell me. I’ll tell them. They’ll do it."
The senseless horror of Sandy Hook, Connecticut is still on everyone's minds. Some say that it's "not the time" to be talking about gun control. If now is not the time, then tell me when is, and I'll do it. We need to talk about a culture of violence in this country and see if there is anything we can do to prevent tragedies like this. I urge you to sign the petition to President Obama to immediately consider gun control legislation. The U.S. has some of the loosest laws in the world on possessing firearms, and it's time to reconsider that policy.
If you don't believe in gun control, what would you advocate to prevent horrors like the events of yesterday? We can't do nothing.