Do you remember Gabrielle Giffords, the former Congresswoman who was shot in Tucson two years ago? She came back to Capitol Hill yesterday to testify, as you might guess, about gun control.
Speaking is not easy for her. She is partially blind and paralyzed in her right arm. She spoke, the Washington Post reported, just 72 words, but they were good ones. Here are some: "You must be bold, be courageous," she told the committee. "Americans are counting on you." And "Speaking is difficult. But I need to say something important. Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying. Too many children. We must do something."
Will they? Will we? I have no idea. But I have sat here for a long time and watched gun control fail very often. This time may be different. We've had Giffords. We've had the children in Connecticut. Do we never say--enough dying?
The optimists this year are predicting little gains--a ban on assault weapons, maybe, or a limit on the number of rounds a magazine can hold. Chances? Who knows? But doesn't killing each other ever get old?