When 20 children and six adults were slaughtered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, all of us were shocked and many of us grieved. But not those who believe that no tragedy should go unexploited. The bottom feeders quickly began to demonize firearms and turn them into whipping boys, rather than focus on the fact that the murderer was mentally ill, didn't own the weapons he used and killed his own mother to get them. To paraphrase Sir Winston Churchill, a fanatic is someone who can't change his mind and won't shut up. We should stop listening to these people. And the media should stop giving them a free platform to spew their hate.