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It has been over a year since our nation was challenged to answer a question, posed at a vigil after one of the darkest days in recent memory. In a quiet Connecticut town, 26 innocent, most of them young children, had just been killed at school where they should have bee the safest. So the president asked, "Can we honestly say that we are doing enough to keep our children--all of them---safe from harm?
Whatever one's stance is on guns or access to mental health services or police protection at schools, most Americans can agree: We are not keeping all our children safe from harm and not doing nearly enough to protect those who most need our protection.
Even putting aside every policy question raised in the wake of Newtown, that fact haunts our public life. In Texas recently, many of us have shuddered at reports of children mistreated during their time in foster care. News reports about unsafe day care centers, where we couldn't imagine sending our own kids, have brought collective indignation. So have accounts of a Central Texas high school student put in a coma after a school police officer used a stun gun on him.
Do we do enough to keep these children out of danger? Not yet we don't. Let's talk about it.
Tonight on DP RADIO XL @8:00pm
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