CURL: Freedom is not to blame for Newtown, Mr. President

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This was not, as the president implied and the left has decried, guns, guns, guns. On the very same day as the Newtown murders, a deranged man slashed 22 children with a knife in an elementary school halfway around the world, cutting off fingers and ears. Adam Lanza, like Jason Loughner and James Holmes, was not “evil” — no human being in his right mind would take the lives of so many innocent people. He was sick. And, shocking as it may be to hear, it was not his fault, nor his mother’s or father’s fault — they had loved their boy, tried to help him, save him.

The president has twice before been quick to blame — both times divisively. When Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., was arrested after breaking into his home, the president — with virtually no facts at all — said “the Cambridge police acted stupidly.” After George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin, Mr. Obama said “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon” — when he should have said “the facts in the case are not yet known and everyone should tone down their racial rhetoric immediately.”

This time, in Newtown, America’s most divisive president laid the blame squarely on “freedom.” Somehow, America’s most cerebral president ever hasn’t yet learned this one simple fact about life: Sometimes, tragedies happen for absolutely no reason. If seeking “blame” for the horror in Newtown, there can be just one answer: A single young man, clearly insane, committed a horrible atrocity.

No one will ever know if the tragedy there could have been averted. But one thing we can all know for sure: America’s “freedom” was not to blame.

Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times. He can be reached at jcurl@washingtontimes.com.

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