Sunday, December 16, 2012

‡ Dec 14, 2012. Sandy Hook. ‡

These thoughts below are not written by me but they represent what I have in mind, even after two days have passed but the sadness and sorrow stay still.

My deepest condolences for the tragedy happened on December 14, 2012. For everyone who is affected by the horrible incident in Newtown, Connecticut.


The children.

"Those children will not be trying to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus this Christmas.
Those children won't have their first kiss.
Those children won't know how it feels to have their heartbroken and become better after it.
Those children won't go to prom.
Those children won't know what it feels like to graduate.
Those children won't know what it feels like to be accepted to college.
Those children won't know how it feels to turn 21 with their friends.
Those children will never get married one day.
Those children will never be able to have children on their own.

They will never know how they made all of us realize that we take life for granted."


The parents.

"Those parents rushed to the school to pick up their children and bring them home to safety, only to watch other parents find their children while they waited to be told their children wouldn't be coming out.

Those parents will have to live with the pain of knowing their young children went to school like any other morning but will never be coming home again.

Those parents will have to go home and see their child's bedroom, knowing they won't be tucking them in and giving them goodnight kisses anymore.

Those parents will have to unwrap and return all the Christmas gifts they bought their children, knowing they were only a few days away from seeing the joy on their children's faces when they opened them."


Morgan Freeman's brilliant take on.

“You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here’s why.

It’s because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single *victim* of Columbine? Disturbed
people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he’ll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.

CNN’s article says that if the body count “holds up”, this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer’s face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer’s identity? None that I’ve seen yet. Because they don’t sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you’ve just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.

You can help by forgetting you ever read this man’s name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem. You can help by turning off the news.”

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