CBS News is reporting that at least 27 people are dead, including 20 students, after a mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. The gunman is among the dead. CBS News reports the gunman, now identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, was the son of a female teacher at the school who was killed in the mass shooting. New Jersey State Police have Lanza’s older brother, 24-year-old Ryan, in custody in Hoboken. A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that Lanza’s girlfriend and another friend are now missing in New Jersey. [CBS NEWS]

Courtesy of Shannon Hicks, www.NewtownBee.com

YEARS AFTER the attempted assassination of Gabby Giffords, President Obama and politicians on both sides of the aisle are still standing mute and feckless on the sidelines.

I say this as part of a gun owning family and with a husband who is a gun expert.

What will it take for this country to take on the N.R.A. and gun lobby, whose sole goal has nothing to the with the Second Amendment and everything to do with commercialism of firearms? The tole of their greed coming in a tally of human lives that continues to rise.

In the modern era, the Second Amendment matters, but the rights of citizens to be safe and America’s children not held hostage to fear requires an acceptance that the brave new world is being held at gun point by violence.

Funny thing is, the inner city has been experiencing this reality for decades. Now that it’s hit Connecticut, will President Obama and our politicians wake up?

This issue impacts a lot more lives and the fabric of this country a lot more than the fiscal cliff scheme everyone is obsessing over.

“Newtown is a quiet town. I’d never expect this to happen here. It’s so scary. Your kids are not safe anywhere.” – Lisa Bailey [Newtown resident with three children in Newtown schools, told CBSNewYork.com]