You will never read a better story than this

Not better, as in warm and happy.

Better, as in perfectly written. Emotional. Impactful.

Painful.

Trust me. A must read.

5 thoughts on “You will never read a better story than this”

  1. Before I clicked on the link, I had hoped against hope — knowing Jeff’s ideological and political proclivities — that this story would be just that, a story. A true tale of courage, grief, redemption, grace, compassion — honestly and movingly told. No agendas, no pushing of narratives, no using the unimaginable horror of murdered children as the means to a particular legislative end. Ah, no such luck. (The WaPo byline provided a pretty big clue as to where we were going to be headed: destination Gun Control.)

    As a parent of three precious kids, I cannot imagine the horror, rage, and grief endured by those families. They have my prayers. They are bearing up far better than I ever would, and my heart breaks for them.

    But Jeff, like Piers Morgan and his ilk, all the usual suspects on the Left, believe that if one’s convictions and policy views differ from theirs (and from this honorable family’s) on this issue, why you just don’t care about dead kids. (Maybe Piers is changing his tune a bit, what with Muslim crazies hacking a British soldier to death with a meat cleaver in broad day light while police stood around and did nothing to intervene, because, wait for it … in enlightened London, most cops don’t carry guns.)

    You’d never know it if you read the WaPo or the NYT, but there are actually Newtown parents who don’t think gun control is a panacea, who think “gun free zones” merely alert predators — whether evil or insane — about where defenseless victims can be found.

    I wonder if Jeff would consider a report about those families, suffering the nearly unbearable weight of their own unfathomable losses, but who are just as firm in their contrary viewpoint, to be among the best stories you’ll ever read?

    Somehow I doubt it.

    1. you know what, Tony? I’m embarrassed for you. The story, to me, wasn’t about gun control or lack thereof. It was about parents coming to grips with small moments; with meaning where there is none. Not all is political.

  2. Jeff: Don’t take this the wrong way, but since your embarrassment for people tends to be, in my view, inversely proportional to the merits of their moral or policy stances, I would have been far more concerned if you were proud of me.

    In any event, if you read that article and concluded that it didn’t have anything to do with gun control, I’m afraid you’re being very obtuse, Warden Pearlman.

    As a quick reading comprehension refresher, allow me to cite a few representative excerpts:

    “How was it, they wondered, that government could roll through its inconsequential daily agenda but then stall for months on an issue like gun control?”

    ***

    “But in the months since the shooting in Newtown, only a handful of states with already-stringent gun laws had managed to pass stricter laws.”

    ***

    “The parents’ mission … was to walk the halls of the Capitol and give their children’s photos to anyone who would take them. A survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting already had come to Delaware to lobby. Gabby Gifford’s husband had already come.”

    ***

    “So they had explained to their daughter what political advisers had explained to them: that momentum for gun laws had stalled in Washington, and that the best remaining chance was to build momentum state by state, one incremental law at a time.”

    ***

    “The uncertain path between a raw, four-minute massacre and U.S. policy was a months-long grind that consisted of marketing campaigns, fundraisers and public relations consultants. In the parents’ briefing book for the Delaware trip, a press aide had provided a list of possible talking points, the same suggestions parents had been given in Illinois, NY, NJ and Connecticut.”

    So, not at all about gun control? I think someone should be feeling embarrassed, but it’s not me.

    I agree that much of life is not about politics; progressives are usually the ones that struggle mightily with that concept. My point remains: this is a wonderful family, scarred by tragedy (by evil, really) and I admire them. But do you seriously believe that this poignant, gracefully written article would have made it to press if it was about a pro-NRA family, digging up cherished pictures of slain children so as to tour the country in an effort to convince legislators and President Obama that gun control laws are ineffective, and that we should consider arming school teachers?

    That’s a rhetorical question.

  3. I should add one more thing. I’ve posted maybe ten times on this blog. Most of those posts have taken issue — respectfully, I hope (albeit perhaps too sarcastically; it’s a congenital trait with me) — with something Jeff has written, usually related to politics or ideology. I think it’s fair to say that he and I are poles apart in our respective world views. But I regret that I haven’t taken time to compliment him on the many interesting, insightful and moving things that he writes. I suppose that’s the way of the internet; far easier to be contentious and pick fights (and reasoned, civil debate is a good and useful thing). I’m sure Jeff has thick skin, and is used to absorbing slings and arrows from the vox populi.

    But I wanted to at least say that Jeff seems like a stand up guy; I admire his willingness to engage with those who have differing perspectives. I am always touched when he writes, in truthful, unvarnished prose, about his love for his family. The Quaz is a great idea; those are some of the best and most fascinating interviews I’ve had the pleasure of reading. I don’t pretend to know Jeff at all, and certainly not because I’ve read a few blog posts, but he seems like a mensch and a good guy to share a beer with.

    So, Jeff, thanks for allowing me and others the privilege of commenting on things you post on your excellent blog, even when those comments are, shall we say, unfavorable. In the future, I will try to make a point of mentioning the many things that I like, because that kind of feedback is all too rare — and it shouldn’t be.

    Regards,

    Tony

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