ROB OKUN – Okay, guys, white guysâ€”all guysâ€”this is our moment to say, â€œEnough!â€ This is the moment to start a national â€œMen Against Gun Violenceâ€ campaign. Right after Newtown, women launched â€œMoms Demand Action for Gun Senseâ€ the day after the murder of 20 six and seven year-olds, and six staff at Sandy Hook elementary school. The day after!
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ROB OKUN – As we prepare for the gut-wrenching first anniversary of Newtown on Saturday, I teeter back and forth between sadness and anger. Sadness that 20 six and seven year-olds were murderedâ€”along with a half-dozen Sandy Hook Elementary School educatorsâ€”and anger that public officials and most of the media still largely ignore the missing component in the Connecticut tragedyâ€”the gender of the shooter.
MICHAEL MINCH – Can anything be said in the wake of the most recent murderous eruption, this time in Aurora, Colorado? On one hand, many people jump forward quickly with new laments, calls for greater gun control, appeals against such control, and frankly, everything weâ€™ve heard so many times before. Others, on the other hand, are offended by the very idea that we would try to answer the question of why such violence occurs. To suggest that explanations might exist, seems, for them, a move toward affixing blame somewhere close to their own values, interests, and lifestyles. They are people who tell us that murderers alone are to blame for murders. Period. This view is a preemptive strike against calls for, and criteria of, accountability and moral maturity.