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The Rush to Impose
Reason on Horror

National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg

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Posted By:Drive, 12/20/2012 10:37:07 AM

I haven’t written much about the Newtown shooting. I did write my first column of the week about it because I felt I had to chime in. But I resented it. Maybe it’s because I’m becoming too sentimental about kids. Maybe it’s because I’m sick to death of death. Maybe it’s some other personal failing on my part, but I nonetheless resent being dragged into the political maw so quickly after a bunch of little kids were picked off by a madman with a gun.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: tennisbum, 12/20/2012 10:49:48 AM     (No. 9076100)

Well said.

While I understand the need for media coverage, I resent their blatant intrusion into the parents´ grief.

The "one upmanship" by the various networks is nauseating.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Calvinesq, 12/20/2012 10:53:06 AM     (No. 9076105)

I wholeheartedly agree. I have mostly gone silent to let this all sink in (except for a snarky post on a global warming article and another on encouraging knowing facts before entering the gun debate fray).

Jonah quotes the writer of an e-mail to a television news show, and one phrase jumped out: "coping with the incomprehensible".

At this time, incomprehensible is the appropriate word. Do we then just ignore? No, we need to think, pray, encourage others and love those close to us, as if it could be one of the last times we have the opportunity to do so.

Will we ever truly comprehend? I find God´s response to Job´s similar inquiry both glorifying, but at the same time frustrating. But, I will continue to reflect on it, knowing that God is, despite our failure to comprehend, in control.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: sooznews, 12/20/2012 11:01:45 AM     (No. 9076119)

Beautiful words, Jonah.


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Reply 4 - Posted by: Udanja99, 12/20/2012 11:05:45 AM     (No. 9076125)

I haven´t watched one nano second of television coverage on this massacre and don´t intend to. If enough people simply turned off their televisions, maybe the talking heads would finally shut up.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Up2Here, 12/20/2012 11:06:28 AM     (No. 9076126)

Trying to rationalize an irrational behavior is an exercise in futility.

On one side the "irrational" knee-jerk for a quick response to solve a unsolvable problem. On the other side the "rational" are kept at bay for fear they will be deemed insensitive. Emotion should never play a part in law or justice, but it is what we are witnessing. After all Liberals are abstract emotional thinkers and Conservatives are analytical thinkers. And right now we are being told there is no room for us at the inn.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Up2Here, 12/20/2012 11:15:41 AM     (No. 9076140)

Apologies for the follow-up post but the Democrat machine has had this very response sitting on the shelf probably since the inception of Fast and Furious. Just like it had the Rush Limbaugh response sitting on the shelf waiting for a verbal noose to slip over his head. The Democrat response was too quick, too coordinated and too complete to be genuine.

What else is on their shelf waiting to be opened???

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Reply 7 - Posted by: J F Ackerman, 12/20/2012 11:15:55 AM     (No. 9076143)

"...to purchase the sympathy rightly reserved for the grieving on the cheap..." Wonderful use of the language, Jonah...and the article expresses my sentiments exactly.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: LadyHen, 12/20/2012 11:32:47 AM     (No. 9076171)

The media and Democrats´ collective and totally reflexive cannibalism of others´ pain and grief for their own political gain is sickening but sadly it is the reality with which we must contend... they have no shame.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: David Key, 12/20/2012 12:52:44 PM     (No. 9076281)

This is the first article that expresses my feelings following the tragedy that I have read. We are all locked and loaded ready to launch our arguments at the drop of a hat. I have always wondered about the voyeuristic aspects of our culture. It is not our tragedy, it is the tragedy of the people it occurred to. The most we should do is to pray for and let them be to mourn.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: njdittos, 12/20/2012 12:58:38 PM     (No. 9076290)

Is wishing out loud that I or a school administrator could´ve been there to blow away the shooter before harming one kid too "political?" "Partisan?" "Indecent?" It´s one thing to commercially exploit and milk sensational events like this, but you will notice there is no media feeding frenzy(or national trauma) when pistol-packin´ Grandma pops off her would-be rapist. Good people cheer, innocent life goes on. End of story. Most of us expressing our "pro-gun" sentiments immediately after this preventable horror are not trying to make political hay. We´re wishing we could be cheering too as life goes on for 30 innocents.

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