Melissa Harris-Perry: Newtown and the Perils of Fear-Driven Lawmaking
Newtown and the Perils of Fear-Driven Lawmaking
The Nation: in the January 7-14,
I was a panelist on an MSNBC show during the noon hour of December 14. When
the show began, we had information about a school shooting in Connecticut.
We believed there were three people hospitalized with non-life-threatening
injuries and a gunman who had committed suicide. Scary stuff, but probably a
story that would occupy our attention for the proverbial fifteen minutes.
But by the end of the hour, we'd heard reports that at least eighteen
children under the age of 10 had been murdered in cold blood as they huddled
in their classrooms.