NOW with Alex Wagner | December 14, 2012
>> don't know what the word is to describe this. horrifying, chilling, a moment of national tragedy. you know, the culture -- we talk about violence. it's not something that is just happening in schools. it's not something that's just happening 234 movie theaters. we were talking during the break about violence that's happening in chicago. these are record numbers of shootings over the past two years.
>> it's no doubt, and the words fail us. that's why we can't speak because speech is inarticulate in the face of ooel. this is evil. the trauma that has been rendered has been exacerbated by the fact that some people are highlighted and some people fall into a black hole where they are undiscovered, where no governor comes, where no president responds, where no school official speaks, where there is only hand-ringing and blame. there is cultural empathy generated around these kind of events, rightfully so, and others bear the culture of stigma. they are blamed for their own duress, blamed for their own stress, they are blamed for their own failure as if a moral culpability on their part has led to the consequence of their being shot or murdered or mugged or attacked or assaulted. that is something, for which we have no words, and, yet, as melissa harris perry said, we want to build this moat and say we want to be -- have a response, a natural response to what appears to be a supernatural reality when we can do the stuff we can do. stop the flow of guns. stop the ready accessibility of guns and, guess what, black and brown communities deal with this trauma on an every day basis, and they have nobody to speak for them and nobody to defend their children, and it's another tragedy that has tobacco knowledged as well.
>> we're talking about systemic failure, right?
>> across the board.
>> systemic failure in our society, and certainly it's not just days like today that we should be looking at this. this should be a part of the national discussion. we