December 17th, 2012
06:10 PM ET

Opinion: Now is the time to talk guns, mental illness

Editor's note: Roland Martin is a syndicated columnist and author of "The First: President Barack Obama's Road to the White House." He is a commentator for the TV One cable network and host/managing editor of its Sunday morning news show, "Washington Watch with Roland Martin."

By Roland Martin, CNN Contributor

(CNN) - Enough!

Enough with putting off tomorrow what we should be talking about today. Enough with being afraid to step on someone's delicate sensibilities when it comes to the Second Amendment. Enough with elected leaders who are too cowardly to confront the National Rifle Association and their ardent supporters. Enough with moms and dads and brothers and sisters and aunts and uncles and pastors and deacons who are afraid to make public the private anguish of mental illness.

Enough! Enough! Enough!

Enough with just asking for thoughts and prayers. Enough with just hugging our children. Enough with leaving flowers and teddy bears at a makeshift memorial.

It's time for action. It's time for people of conscience to, in the words of the late civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, be "sick and tired of being sick and tired."

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  1. Don

    Please stop bombarding us with this tragedy! The constant coverage and discussion is depressing and negatively affects everyone. Does this mental saturation bombing help anyone? Maybe the extended coverage from past shooting tragedies encourages unstable people to repeat the event in an attempt to go down in history as the next National tragedy.

    December 18, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bill Lee Joel

    Every patent wants their child to be "normal"unfortunately that is not always possible .. or in the child's best interest.

    Special needs children whose parents insist they be mainstreamed in school. Run the risk of their child's differences standing out even more. Bullying, ridicule and the feeling of being an outcast can result in more harm than good.
    Suicide, homicide or worse.... is quite often the result

    December 18, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |