There has been no shortage of pundits who have leaped on this or that election, or this or that vote in Congress, to proclaim the end of the movement. What folly! Because these Americans will not stop until the culture has changed, and changed at its core. These Americans don’t want to live in Adam Lanza’s vision of America any more than they want to live in Wayne LaPierre’s.
They are determined to rebuild a society that believes in respect for each other rather than rage and contempt, that focuses on community security rather than solidarity bunkers each cloaking one armed paranoiac, and that believes in community as the solutions to violence rather than violence as the solution to everything.
This is no quick fix. It took 60 years to turn America from a country that produced young Elvis Presley, Fabian and Pat Boone to a country that produced young Adam Lanza, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. It will take years to change things back. The only certainty is that those who refuse to join this effort concede that they have lost their moral compass, while those who get involved prove that they both have and use their own.
Derek Grimmell is a clinical psychologist at Cornerstone Wellness in Clinton.