JARED L. LOUGHNER was the one being sentenced for last year’s shooting rampage that left six people dead and 13 wounded. But some of the strongest words of condemnation at his federal sentencing hearing were directed — deservedly so — at the country’s political leaders for their cowardly refusal to debate, let alone deal with, gun violence.
As Mr. Loughner awaited sentencing Thursday for the shooting spree in a Tucson shopping center parking lot that targeted and critically injured Gabrielle Giffords, the former congresswoman’s husband delivered a stinging denouncement of the failure to enact meaningful gun control. Mark Kelly’s powerful words bear repeating:
“We have a political class that is afraid to do something as simple as have a meaningful debate about our gun laws and how they are being enforced. We have representatives who look at gun violence not as a problem to solve but as the white elephant in the room to ignore. As a nation we have repeatedly passed up the opportunity to address this issue. After Columbine; after Virginia Tech; after Tucson and after Aurora we have done nothing.”