Reacting to Newtown: Tragedy and Rationality

Written by Suzanne Olden on December 19, 2012

SandyHookBookI started writing this article Friday afternoon. I had to stop because I was too upset. That was a good thing. What wasn’t so good was the immediate presence of the “ban all guns” rhetoric and “kill all the NRA apologists” incendiary posts. Soon after were the gun right’s supporter’s responses.

It all bugged me, but not for the reasons you might think. Yes, I am a gun rights, 2nd Amendment supporter, and there were arguments made that I would get behind. What bugged me is that it started before the smoke had even cleared from the school hallways. For God’s sake people, let the families have 5 minutes to mourn! That was not the time!

The full version of this column is now only available in Doug Giles’ book, “Sandy Hook Massacre: When Seconds Count, The Police Are Minutes Away”.

Suzanne Reisig Olden is a Catholic Christian, Conservative, married mother of two, who loves God, family and country in that order. She lives northwest of Baltimore, in Carroll County, Maryland. She graduated from Villa Julie College/Stevenson University with a BS in Paralegal Studies and works as a paralegal for a franchise company, specializing in franchise law and intellectual property. Originally from Baltimore, and after many moves, she came home to raise her son and daughter, now high school and college aged, in her home state. Suzanne also writes for The Firebreathing Conservative website ( and hopes you'll come visit there as well for even more discussion of conservative issues.