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The second: someone made a video game out of the Sandy Hook massacre. I need to write that twice: someone made a video game out of the Sandy Hook massacre.

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Kit B (276)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 9:19 am

I suggest you have a tissue at the ready, some of this may inflame your anger as it should, and some will bring you tears of pain for others, again as it should.

There are things that Congress should do, must do to make this a functioning 21st world country. There are other things that each of us must do, even when the best we can do is from home. There are no excuses to not be an activist, every one of us can find a cause of that touches a chord within us. I ask that you take on that cause, and find a way to be a part making things happen. Enrich your life and the lives of many.

Solitary Eagle (324)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 9:37 am
Thank you, Kit. This is an awesome article, and I've shared it.

Sue H (7)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 9:42 am
"We are better than this. Prove it...Please." Sadly, this powerful article makes me want to get back under the bed and stay there.

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 9:59 am
Thank you Kit.

Craig Pittman (52)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 12:34 pm
There is goodness out there. I also believe in the adage, "what goes around comes around". As it applies to Brower, one day he will pick the wrong homeless person and may end up with a proctologist having to surgically remove his damned sledgehammer from his alleged Christian ass.

Kit B (276)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 12:40 pm

One can but hope. Craig.

Arielle S (313)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 12:46 pm
If only I was as talented as Mr. Pitt, I could have written this column - some days, you just want to throw up your hands and find a tall bridge. The urge to just give in gets stronger. But thanks to Pitt and those like you, Kit, and all the good people here who fight as they do, we keep on keeping on. Because that is who we are and what we do and if that sounds like I think we are better than "them", it's because we are. We care, we will continue to care. We fight and we will continue to fight.

Nicole W (646)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 1:11 pm
what Sue said. thank you dear Kit

Kit B (276)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 1:19 pm

Arielle that was a huge injection of positive hope. Thank you.

divergent revolution (309)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 2:26 pm
I needed to read that title twice to believe my own eyes
what a sadisitic un -sympthetic crazy,twisted,I could go on forever
Arielle,I have been having that exact kind of day,I could Not put it in better words,thanks:XD
Miss Kitty with spice and cattitude,thanks for vigilance of an extraordinary kind.

JL A (281)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 3:04 pm
There are not enough trees to make all the tissues we should need for every Stephanie story that ACA came too late for or that states who refused the Medicaid expansion doomed to similar outcomes or worse and if we were to light a candle for every homeless person rendered homeless through no fault of their own or child or family member lost to gunfire from an assault rifle or where the killer wouldn't have had access with adequate background checks, we'd be at risk of showing fires with greater size than the wildfires that ravaged the west...are we all now hollow where hearts used to be?

Joanne D (38)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 3:20 pm
Perhaps we might get better traction with the insurance-came-too-late-for-me stories if the victim were a white male. White adult male (they don't care about children). Who am I kidding, they don't care about the poor at all.
I saw the game this morning, and I thought it was dreadful. It never occurred to me it could be used to build empathy, and I seriously doubt that it could, whatever the intentions of the creators. Gamers' psyches don't work that way.
The story of Tom Brower is not new to most of us, I think. I for one am praying for him - to become homeless - preferably yesterday.

Vallee R (280)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 3:35 pm
I heard about this this morning - I think horrible

Vallee R (280)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 3:37 pm
Not hollow here Kit!

Theodore Shayne (56)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 3:44 pm

Angelika R (143)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 5:52 pm
I am still sort of breathless from reading that.. thank you Kit and Arielle for filling in the gap so beautifully!
I hope we'll all soon see the day we can say "this WAS America" so let's keep on working to make that day come sooner rather than later. That room wasn't hollow but I guess it wasn't filled up as it should be either.

Robert B (60)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 6:22 pm
Great article and comments. All I can add is that I am thankful for the people on this site who get it. It's time to fill that hollow space with more people that care.

Kit B (276)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 6:40 pm

I so wanted WRP to be wrong and no such game could/would exist. I want to believe that we are better than this, that we will learn to say "No" at the right time and for the best of reasons. This is not the country of JFK's Camelot, this is not the place where we fought for civil rights and won. We won because it was a moral imperative and even those against us, knew it was a moral fight. I want to believe again.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 7:01 pm
and I so wanted just to praise WRP once again for his excellency in writing-but couldn't this time...

Angelika R (143)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 7:04 pm
Learning to say NO shouldn't be that hard, not even for Conservatives with THAT training from their party!

Kit B (276)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 7:45 pm

I write to him regularly, I don't have to agree with every word the man pens. I find him to be head and shoulders above most writers. I often do agree with him, and this time it breaks my heart to face these ugly truths.

Shawna S (45)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 9:27 pm
This is where you live. This is where you are.

Everyone has a story. Everyone's story is truth. Some truths are incomprehensible. The above truths are exactly that.
Help your neighbor as you would like to be helped. Be it shelter or food or comfort of contact.

"A friend is a light in the dark"

PrimaAWAY B (1278)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 9:40 pm
Thank You Kit for posting this.

Robert O (12)
Friday November 22, 2013, 12:39 am
Wonderful posting. Thanks Kit.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Friday November 22, 2013, 2:48 am

Dee C (229)
Friday November 22, 2013, 7:24 am
Kit..we are better than that..I don't have to hope at all for that..I actually sent an email last week to the heartless A-hole who thinks he is doing so good by destroying the last possessions that the homeless have..The coward shut down his email address..

There are those who do these horrible..unkind..thoughtless crap..but they in no way take away my hope for a better world..It is people like you Kit and so many others here and in my life that keep my hope going..
No I won't go back to bed..won't hide under any sheets..I will fight and stand against people like this..And I will do so until my very last breath..

Never let anyone or anything take away your hope..

Kit B (276)
Friday November 22, 2013, 8:41 am

We have to stand and fight against those who are selfish and unkind. We also have to stand up for those who are less fortunate than ourselves. This woman [Stephanie] was subjected to one of the worst cruelties in a for profit health system. Death by lack of money. She is not alone, this happens every day around this country.

Roger G (154)
Friday November 22, 2013, 1:17 pm
noted, thanks

Bette-Ann Libin (11)
Friday November 22, 2013, 2:20 pm
Eloquent, sensible and profound.

. (0)
Friday November 22, 2013, 3:49 pm
That's so stupid! Creating a video game like that will create more killers. Thanks for sharing, Kit.

Birgit W (160)
Friday November 22, 2013, 4:19 pm
Noted, thanks.

Dianna M (16)
Friday November 22, 2013, 4:39 pm
I learned about this video game two days ago. I'd like to say I didn't believe it--but.

Barbara P (1069)
Friday November 22, 2013, 5:58 pm
Noted... Thank you Kit for posting.

Rose Becke (141)
Friday November 22, 2013, 10:41 pm
Amazing to say the least

Elisa F (235)
Friday November 22, 2013, 11:44 pm
Great Post. Thank you, Kit.

Inge B (202)
Saturday November 23, 2013, 2:35 am
Yes, it is quite obvious that we all have a responsibility and are involved in what is happening, it also applies to meat-eating, fur wearing and everything else bestial people are doing, and it's so easy to change, who are we really?


Lona G (79)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 7:25 am
Thank you, Kit, for posting this article. It was difficult to read because of all the different and sometimes conflicting emotions it brought about. A few years ago I could have shrugged it off and would have said: "Only in America", but that's no longer true. It's a disease that is spreading fast and we seem to be just as incapable of stopping it as you are. "A sign of the times", it's called and with that people throw up their hands in the air and don't feel responsible. But we are all culpable and we all owe it to society to say "no", because we ARE society.

Phil P (94)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 8:49 am
Thank you Kit. Unfortunately there will always be evidence of humanity and inhumanity in this world, and God has nothing to do with either.
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