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Old Dec 15th, 2012, 12:25 PM   #41
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Well what should we stick to then? A bunch of boohoo's and RIP's? What does that do?
Agreed. There are issues that can be discussed around a tragedy.
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Old Dec 15th, 2012, 01:27 PM   #42
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A number of states have also done so successfully and reduced the carnage by enacting stricter controls.
Yup. Detroit and DC would be shining examples of this "success"...
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Old Dec 15th, 2012, 02:43 PM   #43
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So, what are average people who live in Newtown talking about online?

This might help give you some insight:

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I was raised in newtown from aged 8 until my graduation from N.H.S. I walked the hallways of Sandy Hook Elementary school and have nothing but positive memories of the place. I remember Mrs. Chard in the library, always smiling and never having a bad thing to say about us. I remember when, in 4th grade, the teachers decided to let us have a bit of fun during lunch and they brought in a karaoke machine for anyone to use. I remember seeing the same sign you've seen on tv every morning before I entered a school full of love, happiness and innocence. Like you, I always considered my hometown a bit special, a bit above the violence and carelessness of the world; a safe haven for my development into the young man I am today.

I was torn apart, as was the rest of the world, when I awoke Friday morning to the news. My best friends mother was freaking out, I knew I had to be with them, and I stayed with them all day.Bit by bit our neighbors and friends chimed in, letting us know their children were safe. Some stayed quiet, and we knew why.

We all gathered, at Saint Rose to mourn the death of children so young, and the teachers who saved them. If you can imagine what it's like mourning the death of the little neighbor you used to babysit, or the kids you watched hop up on the bus every morning, you can understand that it's a solitary moment. As a community we gathered, forgoing the feuds (and trust me, we're human, we aren't perfect to one another at all times in this town, just like in yours) all the bitterness and anger, and we came together in love.
You can comprehend my anger at hearing cameras go off as I watched my best friends father break down. You can relate you wanting some alone time to be able to talk about how to get over this as a community without the intrusion of public opinion, reporters, and all the like. To the reporters hoping to get a Pulitzer prize for their efforts yesterday I ask: Is your soul worth it?

Are you happy, 24 hours news media? You've got what you wanted, right? You've got something to talk about for days, and every December 14th you can remind us of a day that will haunt Newtown until the earth shatters into the emptiness of space (although for us that happened yesterday). Now you can have 25 pieces of fodder to discuss mental illness, gun control, safety regulations, and what ever else you need. You have a list of 20 children and 5 heroes and you can call up every one of their names, hardcore atheists and Christians, when trying to convert people. Wonderful!

Come on, let's keep talking about Adam, a kid who I went to school with. Let's give more psychopaths a folk hero to rally to when this happens again in another state. Good job media, people who can't shut down their opinions for 5 f***ing seconds, and camera man looking for prizes. Don't patronize us, you don't care about the deaths, you just want ratings. And everyone will keep watching. As if you deserve to toss out your opinions.

I'm glad we can become another Columbine, (to you residents there, I never understood until now, and we are in a morbid club, inexplicably intertwined by violence) another cold useless fact. You can do all of this and be happy, because you wanted it.

For the record, no one in Newtown was talking about gun control laws, mental health issues, or anything. We were just holding each other, trying to make sense of the senseless. We are ok with you grieving with us, but put down the camera and help us try to piece back together our lives. We need that more than media coverage of this sad day in our history. Thanks for reading.
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Old Dec 15th, 2012, 02:50 PM   #44
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30 years after John Lennon was murdered by gun, USA is status quo.

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Old Dec 15th, 2012, 03:43 PM   #45
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30 years after John Lennon was murdered by gun, USA is status quo.

Imagine!
You can't compare a single killing to a mass murder. The comparison is inept.

The greatest school tragedy in American history occurred in 1927 and involved no guns--although they were more widely available then:

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The Bath School disaster is the name given to three bombings in Bath Township, Michigan, on May 18, 1927, which killed 38 elementary school children, two teachers, four other adults and the bomber himself; at least 58 people were injured.
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Old Dec 15th, 2012, 03:49 PM   #46
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You can't compare a single killing to a mass murder. The comparison is inept.

The greatest school tragedy in American history occurred in 1927 and involved no guns--although they were more widely available then:

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Sorry but the author of Imagine was killed by a gun. Completely senseless. If the moron had killed 10 or 30 people at the time the USA would still be status quo. 30 years later I keep hoping for citizen pressure on politicians to introduce stricter controls. But it ain't going to happen.

Please listen to Imagine when you have a moment and share with others.
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Please listen to Imagine when you have a moment and share with others.
Never liked that song.
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Never liked that song.
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Old Dec 15th, 2012, 03:52 PM   #49
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Sorry but the author of Imagine was killed by a gun. Completely senseless. If the moron had killed 10 or 30 people at the time the USA would still be status quo. 30 years later I keep hoping for citizen pressure on politicians to introduce stricter controls. But it ain't going to happen.
You thought the death of John Lennon would be the touchpoint for some sort of legislative shift?

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You thought the death of John Lennon would be the touchpoint for some sort of legislative shift?



Never liked that song.
I did. And I'm not the only one.
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