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What Happened in the Newtown School Shooting

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There's no explaining such a horrific act, but here's important background information.

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Leanne B (46)
Friday December 14, 2012, 3:56 pm
This is mental illness we need better healthcare screenings.

Barb K (1688)
Friday December 14, 2012, 7:30 pm
Signed thnx Yvonne and Cal for posting.

Past Member (0)
Friday December 14, 2012, 9:54 pm
Gun Control should be the USA's priority: stricter licensing laws, the prohibition on selling RPGs and mandatory practice hours yearly in a reputable club for those who do have a license.

God bless the little ones whose lives have been lost.

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 4:19 am
Condolences to all the people affected.

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 4:40 am

Sharon l (20)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 6:39 am
So many people blaming violent games, tv, movies, guns, etc. That is NOT the issue - it's our mental health system. Disturbed people are extremely difficult to diagnosis and to treat. Hospitals can not keep these people for any extended length of time. These people can not be forced to take their medication. Families can not chain their disturbed/troubled family members to the bed. What can they do??? Where can anyone bring these troubled people and know they will be looked after and taken care of? Nowhere is the answer - they are left to their own devices. The issue is - what to do with these troubled/disturbed people??
Who is going to positively diagnosis a person should be locked up until they commit something like this?? Doctors do not have that power - no one has, and for good reason, many people in the past were institutionalized for reasons other than mental health. This is not an easy problem to solve.....

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 7:02 am
Children should be safe in school and no psychotic person should ever even think about a shooting rampage in one. WHY take innocent lives? My heartfelt sympathies and prayers to all of the victims, their families and the whole town. This is just unimaginable.

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 7:09 am
Thanks Cal

David C (131)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 7:38 am
let us do whatever it takes to make this never happen again....that would be the best way to honour the victims......

pam w (139)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 7:40 am

We'll be thrashing this one for a long time but, for me, it comes down to easy availability of guns AND violent aspects of our culture.

Granted, this kid was NOT "normal" and he didn't use automatic weapons. It doesn't matter. I suspect he'd have used an UZI if he'd spent a little more time finding one....and he COULD have found/purchased one. It's like buying alcohol....young people can and DO find ways.

I'm so VERY sorry for everyone involved....imagine his father? His brother? The cops who picked up the little bodies? Parents? Even the media....Diane Sawyer holding that poor teacher's hand said a LOT!

Faye Swan (23)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 8:09 am
Signed and noted - thank you to Cal and Yvonne!

Lindsay K (6)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 8:10 am
An absolute tragedy. My heart goes out to everyone involved.

. (0)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 12:18 pm
Working in an elementary school, this horror brought it to home. Although we have an excellent security system, children are drilled in loc down procedures, etc, the bottom line is if a maniac wants in, he will find a way.
Frighteningly enough, our front doors are glass panels as well. I see a change coming for even stricter security.

Claudia O (73)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 2:31 pm
What was the nature of the 'altercation/ Adam Lanza had with the staff of this school the day before he came there and opened fire? Was there a clue then that he might be a serious danger? We don't know enough about motive yet...if we ever will.

Susanne R (235)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 3:08 pm
Noted, but already signed. Glad to see this petition is getting so much exposure!

Christine Linley (12)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 3:45 pm
In Britain many people are also badly let down by the Mental Health provisions but thankfully our gun laws help to keeps guns away from the vast majority; so here we have only to concentrate our pressure on improvements to Mental Health provisions.
My thoughts to all the people involved.

Sergio Padilla (65)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 4:09 pm

Colleen L (3)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 8:25 pm
Already signed. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who was involved in this tragic event. Why is it that these idiots that have their mind set that they are going to commit suicide, just do it and leave innocent people alone? Like the other recent killings, in other schools, theater, and shopping centers, it has brought on major fears to people, You feel that it's not safe anywhere you go any more. Think of the kids at this school and the other ones that were waiting to see Santa at the mall. If these people who are mentally challenged, can't seek help from their family or others, It's really too bad. I wish for people to be much more observant. I know for the one that happened at the theater and mall, If I had seen someone coming into these places wearing a mask, I would call either the mall security or the police.I'd rather be safe than sorry! I pray for these ugly acts of violence to stop now! Thanks Cal

Ruth C (87)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 5:30 am
I don't understand people, if you hate life kill yourself, jump off a bridge or smash yourself against a brick wall, but don't take someone else life, someone that wanted to live!

I'm broken hearted over this tragedy.

Jaime Alves (52)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 6:07 am
Sad, God bless those families.!!

Michael O (176)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 7:19 am
The NRA and the gun lobby in the U.S. will use their twisted logic to suggest that Friday's tragedy could have been avoided if the teachers in the school had been armed with guns and been able to "defend" the children. The writers of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution did not intend this when they advocated the "right to bear arms." The U.S. needs fewer guns, not more. This madness must stop.

Diane K (134)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 8:46 am
N&S Thank you

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 2:49 pm
All petitions that come my way are signed against guns. Until we take the same extreme tactics that the NRA already takes, we won't get any movement in the right direction. The article states that the murderer had a personality psychosis considered a personality disorder?

Nancy Black (308)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 8:22 pm
Noted, tweeted, tweeted, and shared. No explanation needed; just not enough gun control. I am not advocating that every gun should be outlawed. I am advocating a careful background check of every buyer and every individual who lives in the home with the buyer. This background check should take at least a month; it also should include opening juvenile records. We need our freedom, but we need the safety of our children also.

Barbara Erdman (63)
Monday December 17, 2012, 5:02 am
Noted and Horrendous Cal :0

Pavel Tajc (1)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 5:19 am
All last 14 school shootings had ONE thing in common [something else than guns].
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