on Dec 16, 2012 @ 03:06 pm|
As I'm sure you are all aware, there was a very tragic shooting at an elementary school in CT which claimed the lives of many people, most of which were kids (and all adults were women). A 20 year old gunman murdered his mother then drove to the school where he shot down all of those innocent children. May God bless all of those lost and their families.
|RIP on Dec 17, 2012 @ 09:04 am|
My heart is breaking for those little angels and the incredibly brave women who died trying to save them. May they Rest In Peace!
|So Sad on Dec 17, 2012 @ 01:55 pm|
Honestly this broke my heart, what a tragedy.
I found this article very interesting, it speaks on the issue of mental illness, or rather how the issue of mental illness is not being fully recognized and discussed in an open public sphere. It's only once these bottom-line issues are resolved that these horrible things will stop happening.
My heart goes out to all the people who lost a child or friend, to the children who will have to live with this harrowing experience for the rest of their lives, and for the brave teachers who gave their lives to save their students.
Ali de Bold
|Can't handle this on Dec 18, 2012 @ 09:47 pm|
This has been really heavy on my mind. It's so heartbreaking. I can't even fathom how the affected families are handling this.
And then there is the fact that the next day there were record gun sales across the States. Assault rifles in particular. Is anyone else horrified by this? How could that possibly be the solution??
|reaction on Dec 19, 2012 @ 09:50 am|
@Ali, I think it's a knee jerk reaction. Parents everywhere are asking themselves how they can best protect their kids. Should they start homeschooling? Become a full-time volunteer at the school? Arm themselves?
Another reason is that many fear the gun regulations will soon become more restrictive, but because most of these kinds of rules do not apply to currently owned guns (a.k.a. "grandfather clause"), they are hurrying to acquire them now before they will be unable to do so.
I don't personally agree with that, not even close. But gun ownership in the US is a different mentality than everywhere else and while many people cannot fathom this, it's a really important "right" for many Americans.
|Disgust on Dec 19, 2012 @ 09:51 am|
Can you believe it? They are rushing to the stores to buy-up guns in case gun laws become more restrictive. Disgust. Yeah, rush out and buy those semi-automatics, you really need those to defend your home or hunt.
After we go through grieving I hope our gov'ts take a serious run at mental illness programs particularly for boys. I think all but one mass shooting has been done by boys. Shame = rage.
What also sickens me is that I've just learned in other shootings, there have been kids that have known & skipped school that day. (A researcher was on CNN commenting on an extensive study) Are you kidding me?? They didn't tell an adult? I guess even adults knew something was wrong & didn't act or pursue it enough. Well at the very least, we have some tangible starting points to help prevent this horrific act from happening again.
|terrible on Dec 22, 2012 @ 08:52 pm|
Yes they are buying these guns because there are talks of more restrictions going into place (because apparently these wackos care about laws). However today it was on the news that many States are trying to pass legislation to have teachers carry guns in the classrooms. I am very against this..
|Horrible. on Dec 23, 2012 @ 02:50 pm|
This was such a heart breaking moment. My heart goes out to all of the families who suffered a loss, as well as though who will have to live through life with the horrific images replayed over and over in their minds forever. I really hope that things change for the better.
|heartbreaking on Dec 24, 2012 @ 01:46 pm|
I can't even watch this on the news without crying. This is just too much to take in. I'm horrible, I know but I've been trying to avoid this on the news.. the other day though it caught up with me. They were showing the funeral marches for some of the children along with their smiling pictures. One of the most horrific newscasts I've ever seen in my life. I'm just sitting there and can't change the channel either just bawling and I look over at my husband and he's crying too. It's so horrific its beyond words. Looking at their faces, its like I know them. They look just like the faces of kids in my family and neighborhood. I can't even begin to understand how this happened. WHY was an assault riffle at that woman's house?? What the hell was she doing with that weapon!? The news report had neighbors saying how she was really safe with the weapon.. yea, i beg to differ. She obviously wasn't. And why did she have it in the first place? Debate about mental health awareness is going on, so presumably this killer was mentally unhealthy? I would assume his mother would be the first to know of his condition? And she still kept that weapon in the house obviously within his reach? To me they are both equally responsible for these murders. She for enabling him by owning the weapon and also for not reporting his insanity. Him of course for doing it.
The most incredulous twist is, gun sales went UP since this mass murder! And guess what kind?? Apparently the same weapon that was used in this killing was being sold out everywhere!
This is not the first time such a shooting happened in America and I don't think it'll be the last. I don't understand why citizens are allowed to own guns at all. The military, armed forces, police, etc. are all there to protect the citizens. Why on earth does regular americans need to "protect" themselves by keeping guns in their house!? Why is outlawing gun ownership even being debated!? Why hasn't this law been passed already? I don't understand how this is even a debate. Is money and power really more important than lives? We're entering 2013 and we're still so damn low in the totem pole that we still value money and power over lives? I guess none of the kids killed were children of an NRA member, nor did they have family in politics. So those in power don't really have to feel what these parents are going through, so they can stand there and debate about this.
This is so incredibly heart breaking ... God rest the victim's souls in peace
|Broke my heart on Dec 26, 2012 @ 03:56 pm|
I'm speechless the world is so cruel