A little more than seven months ago, the Governor of Connecticut, with much fanfare about how advanced it all was, signed into law a bill repealing the death penalty for murder committed after the law's passage.
Today, for either kicks or revenge, a 20 year-old man, apparently the son of a teacher at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.,went to his mother's place of employment and murdered 20 children, all between five and ten years old, and six adults. Earlier, he killed his mother at home.
What will happen now is that we'll hear a good deal of blather about how we need a "national conversation" about this "senseless tragedy" and some deep "introspection" about what an awful, violent place America is. We are also certain to hear the standard-issue statements on gun control.
We can do without it. Is there anything being said now that hasn't been said a thousand times before? There is, however, something to do: The Connecticut legislature should have the decency to reinstate the death penalty tomorrow morning.