“Let them see what they’ve done.” -- Jacqueline Kennedy.Noah's Brave Mother:
“I want the world to see what they did to my baby." -- Emmet Till's mother.
“I owed it to him as his mother, the good, the bad and the ugly." -- Noah Pozner's Mother.
Parents of the dead children were advised to identify them from photographs, such was the carnage. But every parent reacts differently. Veronique Pozner did the most difficult thing. She asked to see the body. [Reporter] Zeveloff asked her why.Meanwhile in another, sociopathic universe:
"I owed it to him as his mother, the good, the bad and the ugly,” she said. “. . . And as a little boy, you have to go in the ground. If I am going to shut my eyes to that I am not his mother. I had to bear it. I had to do it.”
When the governor of Connecticut arrived, she brought him to see Noah in the open casket. “If there is ever a piece of legislation that comes across his desk, I needed it to be real for him.” The governor wept.
In particular, few if any advocates are using the passage of a proposed assault weapons ban as a benchmark of success, even if virtually all of them are calling for its enactment.F&*%$k them.
Lawmakers and aides, who have tried to keep political sparks at a minimum, have welcomed the subdued approach. But it has also contributed to the conventional wisdom that the assault weapons ban will be axed from the final package. As it stands now, the measure of success is not whether the ban passes, but whether it gets a vote at all.
That is all.