Letter - Where is our moral outrage?This nation has suffered the loss of 20 first graders who had their whole lives in front of them and we are morally outraged. And we should be.
To the editor:
This nation has suffered the loss of 20 first graders who had their whole lives in front of them and we are morally outraged. And we should be. Yet on a daily basis, hundreds, if not thousands of boys and girls, also with their whole lives ahead of them, suffer another type of indignity in their deaths. However, the means and their perpetrators were and are not of the same mind.
One was at the hands of a deranged individual with blazing, screaming guns while the other is usually performed by a highly-trained individual using a scalpel with barely a whimper from our collective citizenry. Our national silence is deafening. And it shouldn’t be.
There are similarities in these situations: none of these children had a choice. The lives of the Sandy Hook children will be celebrated and mourned. And they should be. The nameless ones will endure their deaths in lonely silence and their tiny bodies travel to a final resting place without the cameras, lowered flags and national grief the others are receiving.
Where is our moral outrage? Many will respond to the former with shouts for gun control. Perhaps scalpel control is also in order.
Gretchen C. Nelson