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Conn. School Massacre Victims All Shot Multiple Times, Chief Medical Officer Says


Society & Culture  (tags: violence, society, crime, culture, gun control, ethics, children, government )

Carrie
- 652 days ago - usnews.nbcnews.com
The 20 children and six adults killed in the Newtown school massacre were all shot multiple times, many with a rifle, Connecticut's chief medical examiner said Saturday.The children - 12 girls and eight boys - were all 6 or 7 years old.



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BarbCat SunshineLady (1653)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 5:54 pm
This should NOT have happened!!!!!!! I PRAY for the poor little children who lost their loves.
 

Kit B. (276)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 6:08 pm

We say the same things with each event, and still nothing changes. Let's stop talking about this, and use our power as citizens to force the changes we want. Call every day, write letter and do not stop until we get these "elected" representatives to start speaking for our children and grand children. We have an assault rifle ban, enforce it - we have laws to check every ID and do back ground checks, enforce it. The Federal law can supersede the states laws, one law for gun ownership, no more state by state loopholes.
 

Nancy C. (798)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 8:24 pm
Thanx Carrie, Kit, and Barb. Also, join the mayor's against guns activism. You are so right Kit. I was driving to work hearing the "breaking news' and alongside my grief was wondering when will WE STOP this.
 

Suzanne L. (155)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 9:00 pm
This is so tragic. I agree that gun control is the only way to go.
 

Veronica C. (43)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 10:04 pm
I think the first responders are going to need some help dealing with what they have witnessed too.
 

Pat A. (116)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 1:47 am
Tried to give stars to just about everyone - but the computer won't let me. Am praying almost constantly for those in such terrible unbearable grief at the moment! So so dreadful!

Mayors Against Guns seems a good group trying their best and not backing down when the Right Wing Nutters of the NRA attack them!
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (275)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 2:23 am
TRAGIC
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 4:15 am
Sadly noted.
 

Elizabeth M. (67)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 7:24 am
Noted & read. I just couldn't watch the video. My deepest sympathies are with the families who lost these little children and to the adults families and friends. People have to start and act, speak out loud before this gun control is ever changed. It is terrible that automatic rifles and similar are being sold at all. Such a terrible tragedy that should never have happened!!!
 

Anne P. (250)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 7:33 am
This is beyond horrible. Little children being gunned down in their classrooms, where they are supposed to be safe - I am still having a hard time believing it. My heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives, and everyone in Newtown. This madness must be stopped - but how?
 

Cyrille D. (122)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 8:19 am
What is there to say that hasn't already been said ? Columbine took place in April 1999. Virginia Tech wasn't yesterday either. And Aurora is even closer. America knows exactly where the problem is. The statistics are undeniable : a mass shooting happens every 5 days in Northern America. That's twice as much as all other countries combined. Still..."no, guns are not the problem" is the only thing we seem to hear. Well, as a Psychocriminologist I can tell you : yes, guns are at 90% part of the problem. Studies have been done. Answers have been found. The real question is, how much longer will it take Americans to accept this reality and take action ? In the meantime, life goes on and such events won't stop happening. Pretending the shooter was a complete psycho won't lead you anywhere. Most crimes are committed by "normal" people, every day. Pointing fingers at autism won't do anything but tarnish the image of a selected part of the population that is as innocent as you are...and who has to suffer with enough ill-made judgements already. America needs to wake up & face the facts. Point. Until then, nothing will change.
 

Samir Chatterjee (0)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 9:18 am
This kind of brutal and unregulated murder of innocents has been going on in the States for as long as one can remember. The USA is settng a very bad example to the civilised world. I cannot even dare to visit USA to visit my sister in case I get shot by some mad man. For heaven's sake, control your guns which are falling in the wrong hands. There is no need for cowboys any longer as native Americans have already been deciimated..Now ordinary school pupils, college students, community members and civil servants are dying.Forget your constitutional rights and corporate profits of gunmakers.Turn Obama's sympathy into action
 

Doreen Zh (3)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 9:58 am
Moved me to tears. My heart goes out to those who have lost their loved ones. How many more lives will it take before the gun laws are abolished?
 

Cherise U. (0)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 10:01 am
I really feel that every one of us needs to make it our responsibility to look out for and nurture -- even with the smallest gestures -- those children and teenagers who seem odd, withdrawn, and socially awkward. If we see these behaviors in another human being and we turn the other way, well then, we too are responsible for the outcome.

The gun-totting individual in these mass shootings seem to be nearly always the same:

young, male, usually white, socially isolated and awkward, smart, often jobless and mentally unstable

The why is becoming so obvious -- they are very, very angry that society has ignored them, failed them and best and ridiculed and bullied them at worst.

If we don't want to witness more children getting gunned down, then we better start making it our social responsibility to look out for ALL of the young people in our neighborhoods and schools, not just the cute, charming and likable ones. At the very least, consider these little acts of kindness an investment in your child's future.
 

Julie E. (351)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 12:00 pm

My heart goes out to all the family and friends and anyone else that has been directly affected by these murders. Bless you all...

My 27 year old daughter recently got back from her 3rd deployment in the (USA) Army. She was in a war. She saw a lot. She got shot at. Being in a war was her job. She was very lucky. I think a bout our troops daily. Maybe they should all come home and help fix this country.
She is out of the Army after 8 years of service to come home to this.

Is the USA losing control? At this moment I am embarrassed being a US citizen.
I am in shock like the rest of the world over this senseless act of evil at it's worse.

My daughter carries a gun, legally. She bought my 83 year old mom a gun and my mom know's how to use it as my daughter made sure of it. My mom is a widow and I feel better knowing that she could protect herself if she had to. She lived alone for a long time and it gave her a sense of security.

I am all for gun control and who does and does not have them. I do know that if someone wants to find high powered illegal guns, they will find them. How did this murderer get a hold of his mom's gun's?

So much healing to do... So many questions... So much pain...
 

Jelica R. (157)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 8:25 pm
I'm posting this list of petitions everywhere I can:

1. RootsAction.org: Enough vagueness. We want gun control.

2. The PetitionSite: How Many Kids Need to Die? We Need Better Gun Control NOW.

3. The PetitionSite: President Obama: We Need to Talk About Gun Control, TODAY

4. Avaaz: President Obama: Time to Talk About Gun Control

5. MomsRising.org: Today Is the Day for Common Sense Gun Regulations

6. Mayors Against Illegal Guns: Demand a Plan

7. SignOn.org: Newtown, today we tell our leaders "No more!"

8. Daily Kos: Now is the time to talk gun control

9. Faithful America: Mike Huckabee's unchristian rhetoric about school shootings

10. AVAAZ: Tell the NRA: ENOUGH!

11. We the People: Immediately address the issue of gun control through the introduction of legislation in Congress.

Also, call your elected officials at all levels and demand strict gun control policy.
 

Nimue P. (247)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 8:53 pm
Noted with sadness.
 
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