The entire point of technology is to work to our benefit, not against us. The entire point of being a responsible, reasoned human being is to face our failings head-on, not to hide from them. Those points seem inarguable.
So why is it that the only time we're not allowed to talk about guns as agents of horrific devastation is on the days they're used for just that?
There are echoes, familiar ones, from the gun advocates today. They say not to politicize today's tragedy in Connecticut. They say today is not the day to talk about gun control. They say it's too soon. They are wrong.
Guns are technology. And since the Industrial age, when a technology causes harm, it has immediately been regulated to make sure that harm doesn't happen again. When the Challenger exploded, we didn't waste any time finding out what went wrong. When a meningitis outbreak swept the United States in October, we didn't wait until people stopped dying to identify the steroid that caused it. When a software bug turned hundreds of thousands of Toyotas into unstable land-rockets, no one shouted politicization when the recall was announced. We fixed it.