I personally do not wear my emotions on my sleeve. I am of the school that feels that one should deal with life’s adversities with stoicism and reserve, especially when one is in public. Expressions of emotion and grief are to be kept for private moments with those whom one is very close to. Stiff upper lip, and all that.
I admire those who respond that way to tragedy. But this can have the unintended consequence of minimizing the horrendousness of the crime. Richard Martinez, the father of one of those killed in the rampage by Elliot Rodger, has not gone that route. He has very publicly broken down because of the deep sadness he undoubtedly feels and at the same has lashed out at the NRA and those in power who have done nothing about the almost uncontrolled access to guns that has repeatedly allowed this kind of situation to occur. Thanks to reader Norm, I saw this clip of an interview that he gave CNN.
As he points out, even the massacre of so many little children at Sandy Hook school in Newtown did not result in any action. Martinez, in his visible anger and grief, may be able to get results that the stoicism of the families of the earlier tragedies failed to do.
I hope so.