Tonawanda News — “I know when it happened, I was sitting and, in my head, thinking what I could have done differently,” Chiefs player Brady Quinn said. “When you ask someone how they are doing, do you really mean it? When you answer someone back how you are doing, are you really telling the truth?
“We live in a society of social networks, with Twitter pages and Facebook, and that’s fine, but we have contact with our work associates, our family, our friends, and it seems like half the time we are more preoccupied with our phone and other things going on instead of the actual relationships that we have right in front of us. Hopefully, people can learn from this and try to actually help if someone is battling something deeper on the inside than what they are revealing on a day-to-day basis.”
But this isn’t merely a problem of emotional connectivity. There needs to be equal accounting for the grim tools of death that enable such tragedies. We must examine the role guns play in our society.
Why in the world can’t we come to our senses about this? It is the prevalence of cheap handguns, two of which were found at the scene but it appears Saturday that the attacker’s weapon of choice was a long rifle — hardly the tool of street gangs, drug dealers or two-bit thugs.
News accounts hold the shooter’s mother was a gun enthusiast who struggled raising a boy who the few friends she had described as troubled.
Let’s get this straight: We live in a country where it’s perfectly legal for the mother of a mentally unbalanced son to stock the house with weapons. And people defend her right to do it.
Gun enthusiasts — a grim euphemism if I’ve ever heard one — will be the first to say “he’d have gotten a gun somewhere” or “if sick people really want to get a gun they will.” Some will go so far as to say if someone on the school had a gun they would have stopped him sooner.