Grief Beyond Measure
"I never stop thinking about the program and how I want to express myself," a solemn Sean said Monday after having spent most of the weekend reflecting on the shootings in Newtown, CT. "Before we get into some of the other aspects of the shooting...there are not words that have been invented, ever written, that can relieve the overwhelming pain and sorrow that the families of these victims are now feeling. That will stay with them all the rest of their lives. They will heal somewhat, but I don't think they will ever fully recover. You are talking about grief beyond measure," said Sean. "The lives of these families will never be the same again. To lose someone you love is heartbreaking. To lose a child must be to experience something that is as horrible as a person can imagine." Sean then shared a story about his childhood that he had never spoken about on the air. "I had a sister who died a crib death that I didn't find out about until I was in my twenties. Nobody ever talked about it. Because apparently my parents couldn't talk about it. They never said anything. So losing a child is just something you can't imagine, especially in this violent way. It's beyond comprehension. It's unmitigated, undiluted, unbelievable evil. I don't want to lose sight of what those families are going through during the course of the program," Sean explained. "It's important that we pray for them - in a real and focused way - that God may bestow upon them his tender mercy and help preserve those cherished memories of those who were taken from them. Hopefully, some how, some way, they will find some measure of comfort, grace and hope that they will be united with their children and their spouses again."
After taking time to reflect on the tragedy in Newtown, Sean expressed his disgust for the mainstream media - especially with their handling of this tragedy in particular. "The shallowness of the media in this country - their lack of thoughtful considerate dialog - is breathtaking, and on full display," said Sean. "I am going to give you some thoughtful dialog and some things to think about. Nobody ever wants this to happen again, but there are some answers and some things we can do that I've yet to hear many in the media even consider bringing up, except fixating, as if this weapon fired itself - it didn't," Sean said responding to calls for more gun control. "I know this is an impulse of some people, especially after a tragedy of this magnitude. But sometimes these impulses can lead you to act in a way in which social scientists call 'unintended consequences' - meaning that the actions you take make the problem you want to solve, worse, not better," said Sean. One example would be the "Great Society" in which liberals declare war on poverty, pass legislation and throw billions of dollars at the problem with the end result being increased dependency and ruining future generations. "Now I'm not saying we shouldn't act, and act intelligently - but not rashly. What I've been hearing is mindless. You need a reasonable, thoughtful way if you want to prevent tragedies like this. I think liberals view this as their tipping point. And I think they're trying to help, but, like the "Great Society" what they are going to try to implement is going to be problematic." Sean gave a few rational, thoughtful, well researched facts on gun control to think about. Mass shootings are no more common than they've been in the last decade. 1929 is the year that we had the most mass killings. The chances of being killed in a mass shooting are about what they are for being struck by lightning. Until the Newtown, the three worst K-12 school shootings ever had taken place in either Britain or Germany. Gun-free zones have been the most popular response to previous mass killings but many law-enforcement officials say they are actually counterproductive. According to John Fund from the NationalReview, a study conducted in 1999 found that a common theme of mass shootings is that they occur in places where guns are banned and killers know everyone will be unarmed, such as shopping malls and schools. Economist John Lott, the co-author of the study, said, "Disarming law-abiding citizens leaves them as sitting ducks." "It's hard to see fact through the fog or cloud of emotion - which I thoroughly understand. The fundamental flaw in our thinking here is that criminals will obey laws," said Sean. To listen to Sean's take on what steps can and should be taken to help prevent another Newtown tragedy, please click here to listen to his opening monologue.