Saturday, December 15, 2012

Tribute to Newtown, Connecticut

And Jesus Wept


21 comments:

  1. A very appropriate post, Kate! Beautiful photo!

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  2. Our nation weeps.

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  3. We mourn the Children along with their Teachers. May comfort and peace be given to their families. They weep not alone!

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  4. A friend of mine posted on Facebook a video of Mike Huckabee saying that the reason for the tragedy yesterday is that God has been removed from classrooms. We need to achieve meaningful reforms that address the real issues -- mental health, gun safety, and school security.

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  5. Thanks for your thoughtful comments, Dave, and I would add that it is everyone's responsibility to work to force the President, politicians, and citizens to fight the NRA to implement effective gun control laws. Too many of our young people are dying senselessly because of the violence in our society, either using automatic pistols and assault weapons or becoming victims of them. When are we going to join the civilized world regarding the use and control of guns?! I am outraged.

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  6. Kate, I don't think Americans felt their Constitutional liberties were infringed upon when we had the assault weapons ban that Congress allowed to expire. The loophole for gun show sales that allow anybody to purchase military type weapons is also something that should be addressed -- and should have been addressed years ago.

    I just heard on TV that the NRA is so aggressive in pushing every little angle of gun issues that they got the Florida Legislature and Governor to enact a ban on pediatricians asking parents how they store their guns, which encourages them to keep them locked up.

    My son is getting married next weekend to an elementary school teacher. Arizona has a prevalent gun culture. It never crossed my mind until yesterday that something like this could happen at her school.

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  7. I had not heard of Huckabee's comment until I saw Dave's comment above. Kate, I so agree with you. We have got to put some pressure on our representatives quit letting the NRA dictate their will. It makes no sense at all.

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  8. Such an unbelievable tragedy. My heart aches.

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  9. A journalist acquaintance in New Zealand tweeted "Hey, Mike Huckabee. Shut. The. ***. Up."

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  10. I'm so saddened by all of this that I'm almost speechless. I'm appalled at the power of lobbies and the almighty dollar to render our legislators useless. And the polarization of our system has become so great that a tragedy becomes an opportunity to manipulate opinion. And, finally, I'm concerned that violence has so much become the lowest common denominator in entertainment and "news" that we're we're either inured to it or see it as acceptable/normal/reality.

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  11. A beautiful post Kate...

    I hope that this tragedy can open discussion about how our society deals with the mentally ill.

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  12. @ The Chieftess. Except he wasn't mentally ill in the clinical sense. Just hated his mother and had a gun.

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  13. There are no words. I think everyone's hearts are broken. I also agree with JM's comment on Jack's blog about the NRA.

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  14. If something doesn't change it will keep happening and that's a fact.. I can't believe the Beatles records were all burned in the street years go because John Lennon made a quip about being more popular than God and yet anyone can walk around with a lethal weapon and kill senselessly..it's a sad fact that to the rest of the world that seems a little insane! Beautiful tribute Kate.

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  15. Perfect, Kate, perfect.

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  16. A sensitive tribute! The solutions are not in the politicians, the power resides in the people. (Government of the people, by the people, for the people. A.L.)

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  17. Lovely tribute, Kate! I still am so sad and revolted.

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  18. The whole of the world is numb and aghast in the aftermath of this tragedy...

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