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Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 01/10/2011

Moment of silence

By Jonathan Capehart

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama emerged from the White House together to undertake a solemn duty: leading the nation in a moment of silence after the tragedy of Tucson. It was powerful in its simplicity. No words. No action, except for the three dings of a chime by a Marine. At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, members of Congress covered the steps of the Capitol in similar observance. The same at the Supreme Court. The same at the scene of the crime that has provoked long-overdue soul searching. There will be time for the healing words of a nation's president. The public display of mourning for the six lives lost and the prayers for the 14 wounded, including for the recovery of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) will have to do for now.

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 10, 2011; 11:21 AM ET
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Persoanally, I feel the moment of silence was very idiotic. There should have been a moment of shouting. Shouting that it is insane that we cannot come to a balance between owning guns and letting anyone own any gun. Shouting that hateful speech will trigger hatful actions. Shouting that it is hypocritical of the Congress and Supreme Court to not be able to create a balance with gun ownership yet installing metal detectors in their buildings. Shouting that we need answers why the right to carry a gun anywhere is more important than our right to be free free from people who feel the need to carry a gun everywhere. Silence isn't needed, shouting is.

Posted by: mg11231 | January 10, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I think that the silent prayer of the first lady and president honors the victims of this tragedy much more than using the event for a rant about gun control. I own a Glock. However I can't understand why I should be able to buy a huge clip for it or why I should be allowed to take it to public events. Our gun laws are insane allowing huge clips and assault rifles. However, rants about gun control generally just give ammunition to those who wouldn't stop at allowing our fellow citizens to carry machine guns. Can't we just let the victim's relatives grieve in peace for a respectable period of time?

Posted by: Fergie303 | January 10, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Brace yourself: The satanic Westboro cult will protest at little Christina’s funeral.

“Leftists do some truly despicable things in this world, but this is a new low for DEMOCRATS. Former three-time DEMOCRAT gubernatorial candidate Fred Phelps Jr. and his Westboro Hate Cult have announced plans to disrupt the funeral of 9 year-old shooting victim Christina Greene.”


Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | January 10, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

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