Last night at the interfaith vigil honoring the victims of the shootings of Sandy Hill Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama said “we will have to change.” Is that the lesson you draw from this horrific crime? When both violent crime and gun ownership have been in long-term decline, is this a sign of something larger or an aberration? And if you agree with President Obama, how should we change? Is this about regulating guns? Better mental health care? And if our concern is to improve life for all children, does focusing on the specifics of a tragedy like this help?
Clara Jeffrey, co-editor Mother Jones