Last updated: 12/15/2012 at 08:17 am CST (First published 12/15/2012 at 12:42 am CST)
“I just want Christmas. I don’t want to die, I just want to have Christmas.” – Child in Ms. Kaitlin Roig’s 1st grade class at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Twenty children five to ten years of age were among those massacred at an elementary school. I keep thinking about my son. A 10-year-old in 5th grade and how much I love him. It occurred to me that I never worry about his safety during the day while he’s at school. I’m sure the parents of these children felt the same way as they dropped their child off at school this morning. They felt that way right up until the moment they heard there had been a shooting at the school. I cannot imagine their pain. But I know that it’s a pain no parent should ever feel. I keep envisioning these kids grabbing their backpacks and lunch boxes as they get dropped off in the carpool line. I imagine the younger ones still giving Mommy or Daddy “bye-bye” kisses and the older kids a quick, embarrassed hug. The parents of these slain children then drove away, maybe catching a quick peak at their child in the rearview mirror as they went to work. It never occurred to them that they would never get another kiss, or hug, or wave, or smile again. Today should have been like every other day. But it wasn’t. Instead it was the day that a maniac used semi-automatic guns to massacre twenty children and six adults in less than a few minutes at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.
“Why? Why?” one woman wailed as she walked up a wooded roadway leading from the school. *
The President held a press conference addressing the most recent mass shooting. There are no words to express the magnitude of this tragedy, but a very emotional Obama, father of two children, did his best. His grief was obvious and his tone somber. “Our hearts are broken,” President Obama said as he swallowed hard. As a supporter of his, I hope he and lawmakers will follow this tragedy up with some meaningful, enforceable legislation like President Ronald Reagan supported and President Bill Clinton signed into law.
“The majority of those who died today were children — beautiful, little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. They had their entire lives ahead of them – birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own,” Obama said of the children who were killed, tearing up. “Our hearts are broken.” – President Barack Obama
The Brady Bill was signed into law in 1993 and the assault weapons ban that Clinton signed into law in 1994 (expired in 2004 and the GOP, funded by the NRA, blocked its renewal) are the bare minimums we should demand from lawmakers and our government! I wonder how the NRA and their supporters feel after seeing the results of their “victory” with the latest mass shooting and twenty young children amongst the slain. These are the results from opposing sensible and reasonable gun control measures. Thanks to the National Rifle Association, gun manufacturers, Republican politicians, and the people who support them, shooting rampages and massacres have become commonplace. We are not safe when we are at a place of worship, while we are shopping at the mall, when we watch a film in the theaters, and now we know our children are no longer safe at elementary schools!
NRA statement to @cbsnews: “until the facts are thoroughly known, NRA will not have any comment.”
— Charlie Kaye (@CharlieKayeCBS) December 14, 2012
Wonder when he’ll tweet the tired “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” bullshit? Just pause and think about the death toll from all the recent shooting rampages. Now ask yourself if that number would be much lower, possibly even zero, had they not had firearms? While some people are physically capable of taking a life without a gun or multiple guns, it would be impossible to do so on a mass scale like we saw today in Newtown (or at the Sikh Temple, the theater in Aurora, at Rep. Giffords’ event, at Virginia Tech, etc). The would-be mass murderer would instead find themselves on the receiving end of a mass-ass-whuppin’ were he unarmed or only had a knife. The guns and ammo are what empowers them. And the NRA and GOP have provided the easy access to firearms that enables these cowards. Just like the murderer in Aurora, CO, this killer’s weapons were legally purchased here in the U.S. Have we not yet had enough of this insanity? We need gun control measures NOW to protect against this happening again and again and again! The NRA will likely suggest that if only the elementary school kids were armed with AK-47s then they could have fought back. I mean was that not how they tried to spin the tragedy in Aurora, CO? Well, fuck the NRA!
They care about nothing other than the political policies that benefit gun manufacturers. They don’t care about twenty dead children. Step the fuck up America! Demand passage of a new assault weapons and extended magazine ban. Demand gun registration, a license to buy a gun, and a system that alerts law enforcement when someone is procuring large amounts of ammunition, explosives, and/or firearms. I mean what more could it take? You’re either for gun control or for the laws that have now resulted in the massacre of twenty elementary school age children. If it’s the latter you’re either psychotic or too stupid to function above autonomic nervous system activity (or both).
Third-grader Alexis Wasik said police and teachers barged into her classroom and told students to hide in the corner. “Everybody was crying,” she said. “And I just heard the police officers yelling.”
No more time wasted by attempts at reasonable discourse with people on the other side of this issue. I’m also sick of a complicit mainstream media, so scared of being accused of “liberal bias” by conservative morons, that they treat these assholes as if their opinions are equally valid. How is opposing laws that would prevent the massacre of children equally valid compared to those that want gun control legislation passed? Their point of view should NOT be taken into consideration. Trying to find common ground with them is not only pointless, it is immoral. They are dead wrong. Period. End of discussion. There is no room for compromise with an organization that spends tens of millions of dollars every election cycle to buy mostly Republican politicians that legislate access to assault weapons, extended magazines that hold multiple rounds, and easily concealed firearms.The NRA won’t compromise on this issue. Their policy is to give no ground. Well, I feel the same way when it comes to “compromising” on this issue, especially when we gun control advocates have the clear advantage of being right.
This is the difference between life or death for our friends, family, and children. I can’t imagine there are many that wouldn’t choose the lives of children over the NRA. Let the President know that we expect him to show strength and fortitude when those in the pockets of the NRA attempt to claim once more that sensible gun control measures equate to an attack on the Second Amendment and an end to hunting. Inform others like friends and neighbors so they don’t fall victim to the barrage of propaganda and lies that the National Rifle Association will unleash in response to these tragic events. Contact your U.S. Representative and Senators. Let them know that enough is enough and that it will cost them their next election if they allow the NRA to continue to buy their votes. Maybe then our lawmakers will finally stop feeding at the gun lobby’$ trough. One need not have pulled the trigger to be an accessory to murder. The National Rifle Association and their supporters have even more blood on their hands after this massacre. And this time it is the blood of children. Only vampires can rival their insatiable thirst for blood. It is past time to put an end to their madness.
***This post includes some text from my first post on this tragic, preventable, massacre of children. All fell to bullets fired from LEGALLY purchased guns while at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The quotes and photos are from several articles from Canada’s National Post and the CNN article linked above. The video of President Obama’s Address via Politico.com