Big fingers -- and small fingers -- should be pointing squarely at the National Rifle Association, which opposes firearm regulations. According to the NRA, everyone should be free to own as many handguns and assault rifles as they want, and should be free to carry these deadly items wherever and whenever they want.
NRA members stand tall when they demand freedom for themselves, but they stand small when it comes to accepting responsibility for the carnage their demands have caused while innocent people pay with their lives. Who protects the freedom of those children who were murdered? Not the NRA, which has not learned that civilized people honor the link between freedom and responsibility.
After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush said, "We will make no distinction between those who committed these acts and those who harbor them." By indiscriminately murdering civilians, Adam Lanza became a terrorist. By demanding that all firearms are easily available, by opposing regulations about who can possess firearms and by opposing regulations about carrying firearms in public places, the NRA harbored Adam Lanza. Therefore, if there is no distinction between those who commit acts of terror and those who harbor them, and if the NRA harbored a terrorist, isn't the NRA a terrorist organization?
Wake up and smell the gunsmoke! Is the freedom of gun ownership so absolute, so sacred, that it matters more than the lives of 6-year-olds?
REV. DAVID HERNDON
First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh