Showing courage, Boston-style
TO THE EDITORS:
The week of April 15 made me think a lot about courage: The act of a citizen at the Boston Marathon bombing scene rushing towards danger and clamping the artery of a bystander's amputated limb with his fingers; the acts of many others stepping into danger to help those felled and wounded by the explosions. This courage is selfless.
Imagine if these courageous citizens ran away from the scene of danger in an effort to protect themselves from harm, and no one acted to help.
What would that scene look like? How would we report it?
Well, that scene did play out three days later, in Washington, D.C., in the Senate, during the vote on expanded background checks for gun purchases.
A bill supported by 90-plus percent of the American people went down in defeat as 46 Senators scurried away in cowardice to protect themselves from the wrath of the NRA. They lacked the courage to express the common sense desire of the American public and many NRA members.
There is courage and there is cowardice. In the week of April 15, we witnessed both.
East Hempfield Township