Gabby Giffords nails it on Senate’s failure

Jesse Lewis, Gabby Giffords and President Obama in the Rose Garden (Jacquelyn Martin/AP) Former congresswoman Gabby Giffords and President Obama in the Rose Garden on Wednesday talking about the Senate’s failure on gun control . (By Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

So much for making children and adults in schools safer.

As anybody following the news knows by now, the Senate on Wednesday rejected a watered-down compromise of a watered-down version of legislation that would have banned some military-style assault rifles, limited the size of ammunition magazines and expanded background checks on most gun sales– measures that were aimed at keeping weapons out of the hands of criminals.

Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was a member of the House when she was grievously wounded in Tucson in 2011 in a mass shooting that left six dead and many injured, wrote a piece for The New York Times op-ed page that sums up her disgust in just a few sentences:

Senators say they fear the N.R.A. and the gun lobby. But I think that fear must be nothing compared to the fear the first graders in Sandy Hook Elementary School felt as their lives ended by a hail of bullets. The fear that those children who survived the massacre must feel every time they remember their teachers stacking them into closets and bathrooms, whispering that they loved them, so that love would be the last thing the students heard if the gunman found them….

 

Read the rest here.

 

 

 

 

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.

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Valerie Strauss · April 18, 2013