The tragedy of Newtown, Conn., following Aurora, Oak Creek, Fort Hood, Columbine, Portland, Virginia Tech and others, invokes Bob Dylan's lyric of "How many deaths will it take till he knows that too many people have died?" Who will answer that question?
Twenty-eight people were killed by guns in the Newtown tragedy -- not poison, not knives, not swords, but guns. Guns that a 20-year-old used to murder his mother and then methodically massacre six adults and 20 first-grade children in an elementary school before killing himself.
Who else has to die before this country wakes up and changes the way that it views these killing machines? They are far too often found in the hands of individuals who then destroy the lives of far too many people.
I think members of the National Rifle Association should have attended the funerals of the 20 precious 6- and 7-year-old children who were slaughtered and look into the eyes of their grieving parents.
Gun violence in this country is epidemic. As citizens we must do whatever we can to prevent another tragedy.