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OMG....I just saw on tv that there was a shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut and 27 people are now dead.  18 of them are children from 6 yrs. old.  What kind of freak shoots 18 babies?  Those poor children in that school have to live with this trauma for the rest of their lives.  Please offer up prayer for those who have died and for their families left behind...also for the rest of those children who saw it all.  Oh my heart breaks at the cruelty in our world.

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Comment by Shannon, ON on December 17, 2012 at 3:35pm

Statistics don't lie. Countries with gun controls have a way lower rate of death by gun. People with guns kill people. They are a weapon that have no other function.Every country has its share of mentally ill and limiting weapon access is the only way to reduce murder. Psychosis can happen quickly so why give it the opportunity to kill easily with guns. A car in the hands of a drunk person can become a weapon. But a gun is a weapon. Nothing else. Unfortunately too many gun owners are not responsible. Look at the number of accidents where young kids get  their hands on a gun and kill someone. You cannot control the people so you have to control the weapons. There is usually  no way of knowing who is responsible and who has issues. Lock up the guns and it is a non issue for sure. Less murder. Way less murder.

Comment by Pam/NY on December 16, 2012 at 6:40pm

An old Cherokee told his grandson, "My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority,lies, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth. The boy thought about it and asked...which wolf wins? The old man quietly replied, The one you feed.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on December 15, 2012 at 2:51pm

I think we can all agree with Jennie's statement about how heartbreaking cruelty and evil (dare we use the word "sin"?) is in our world.  That, to me, is a completely separate issue that has nothing to do with guns.  

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on December 15, 2012 at 2:47pm

The Connecticut shooting is an incredibly sad tragedy.  My heart breaks for those families.  Unfortunately gun control will not prevent crimes like this.  I thought it very interesting that none of the national news media ran the story about the young man who recently murdered his father and step-mother in Casper, WY, using a bow & arrow and knives.  It was way more personal and violent than the use of a gun and yet no one thought it important enough to report.  Maybe because it wouldn't further a gun law agenda?   

”Gun control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by making it tougher for sober people to own cars.”  Just my opinion.  

Comment by Pam/NY on December 15, 2012 at 12:24pm

Well said Jennie...why on earth would a kindergarten volunteer need firearms like that to begin with...I don't want to get into a heated discussion on this site, it is time now to feel the pain and decide if this is worth going through again. Bless that community and all they have lost.

Comment by Jennie Steward on December 15, 2012 at 11:19am

I know the controversy over the gun laws is a very touchy subject, but I do not see why assault rifles have to be available to the general public.  When the constitution was written the guns available at the time were hunting rifles not assault rifles.  It was meant to allow citizens to protect their home and families and to provide food for the table.  These are different times we live in...a fairly godless society where killing is accepted as the norm on the news, in video games, in movies and tv.... we have become so conditioned to hearing it.  I believe we need to bring back the assault rifle ban and work more on helping those who are mentally ill.  People need to recognize those that are acting and talking in a dangerous manner and get help.  I know that here where I live all the mental hospitals have been shut down and those people were released into the general population to fend for themselves.  Now we have hundreds of homeless folk who really should be living in a place where they are monitored and medicated.  They live in the woods and walk the streets talking to themselves.  There is no place for them to go.  No one to make sure they are taken care of in a humane manner.

In the case of this young man...his parents must have known in some way that he was mentally unbalanced or that trouble was brewing in his life.  They may not have known what action he was planning, but there had to be a sign that all was not well.  People are embarrassed by mental illness and figure they can handle it.  I know because I was married to a schizoprenic and it is so hard to deal with when they don't want to be helped. 

I pray for that community and all that are affected by this horrible tragedy.

Comment by AidaCJ/NH on December 15, 2012 at 9:28am

It's so heartbreaking that this event happened. I burst into tears when I first heard the news and told myself, it could have been here where my granddaughter is.  I lift my heart and prayers to heaven and pray for the safe passage of the souls of these innocent victims.

But I have to say this, and people may not agree with me.  The gun was an instrument that was used for evil purpose.  The man could have taken a tractor trailer and could have driven it into the school.  Whatever the instrument was, it's the user who is responsible for its use, whether good or evil.  If an adult in the school had a gun and used it to shoot the killer before he could do more carnage, would that adult be irresponsible in using the weapon?

This country can have all the gun control laws it wants, but a criminal and a person with behavioral disorder will always find ways to get a weapon to use it for evil act.  Crimes had been committed with knives, baseball bats, etc - shouldn't there be laws enacted to control the use of these items?

Comment by Shannon, ON on December 15, 2012 at 8:35am

In these cases it is often a psychotic break. It can happen to anyone under severe stress. The children were defenseless and the liberal gun laws only helped the gunman in this case. I know this is a hot topic politically but here in Canada we have a far lesser murder rate due to our gun laws. Nuff said. My heart breaks for the parents and the dead children esp just before Christmas. Making guns inaccessible would have prevented this tragedy.

Comment by Sue S. / OR on December 14, 2012 at 4:21pm
I work at our local elementary school with kinders and 1st graders. The innocence of these little ones who are soooo excited for Christmas and tell me story after story of putting up their tree or baking cookies. Our staff was so shaken when we heard the news. I cannot imagine any human even thinking of doing something like this.....how could he look at those babies and do that? My prayers go out to all the families affected by this, the entire community, such a senseless tragedy!
Comment by B J Elder/WA on December 14, 2012 at 4:20pm

I'm with you on the guns. It is just so sad and such a tragedy. So many mixed emotions, mostly a great sadness for all those who lost family, loved ones, friends, and those little ones who will be scarred forever by it. I'm sure God is crying too.

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