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Let's Be Real: How To Prevent Another Newtown?

11:27 PM, Dec 18, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - In the days since the massacre in Newtown, commentators, scientists and politicians have all been struggling to make sense of what happened... And to answer the question: how do we keep this from happening again?

But a shortage of potential answers is the least of our problems.

The good news is that Americans are so heartbroken and angry over the Newtown massacre that President Obama seemed to speak for all of us when he said, 'surely we can do better than this. We'll have to change,' he said.

But what he really meant was, we're not afraid. Because let's be real: as the President pointed out, we've all been through this before, but nothing changed.

Because, still keeping it real, the president, lawmakers and a whole lot of commentators, this one included, were intimidated. Nobody wanted to take on the gun lobby. And that's why I'm hoping the President was just as serious and fearless when he said he plans to talk to everyone from law enforcement to mental-health professionals to parents themselves and find real answers.

But we know from experience, real answers are often really uncomfortable politically, and expensive to boot. So let's be real: You want change? You want meaningful action? You better stay so angry and heartbroken that it becomes inevitable.

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