In the wake of what happened, this is absolutely the right tone to take:
A White House spokesman said Friday that the shooting rampage at a Connecticut school saddened President Barack Obama as a father, but that "today's not the day" for a discussion about possible gun control measures to be taken in response to the massacre.When that debate does begin, it may do well to remember these words of wisdom.
"Today's not ... a day to engage in the usual Washington policy debates," press secretary Jay Carney told reporters. "That day will come, but today's not that day."
Carney's admonition came as news organizations reported that as many as 27 people, including 18 children, were killed at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
"As a father, incidents like these weigh heavily on him—and, I think, on everyone who has children," Carney said, highlighting "the enormous suffering" of parents of those killed.