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Catherine M
12-14-2012, 06:32 PM
So so sad.

Prayers to all the families touched by this tragedy.

nubka
12-14-2012, 06:33 PM
I just looked up cnn.com for more info and it's a lot worse than I had initially thought. Twenty are confirmed dead; 10 of them are children. This is an elementary school in a nice community, it seems. It's truly horrifying.

How many innocents have to lose their lives before there is a ban on carrying guns/assault weapons at public places? The only people that should be allowed to carry guns are -law enforcement, hunters, and soldiers. There is absolutely no need for ordinary people to carry guns in a civilized society. The NRA needs to be accountable for influencing politicians, and making it impossible to place a ban on guns. No other civilized country has this problem. It's time for congress to wake up and make the right decisions before more senseless killings. Sadly, the NRA is using events like this to make people buy more guns for self defense. When no one owns guns, you don't need to carry guns to defend yourself.

Oddly, after the Oregon mall shooting, I said to my brother: There could be copy cat attacks. I am going to stay away from malls. Later I thought- the copy cats are not always going to go to the malls to shoot people, and this morning I saw this news.:( :mad:

WORD!!

Habs
12-14-2012, 06:35 PM
This is horrifying and heartbreaking. :(
An elementary school... what is wrong with people?

skipaway
12-14-2012, 06:37 PM
Sadly, the NRA is using events like this to make people buy more guns for self defense. When no one owns guns, you don't need to carry guns to defend yourself.



Darn, if only those kindegarteners had been packing this could have been prevented. :mad:

Come on USA, it's been time to control our guns...make it happen!

Rob
12-14-2012, 06:38 PM
Sickening. I can't imagine what makes someone want to shoot children. They are saying the gunman was a 20-year old guy. Report is that 27 are dead, 18 of them children, and at least 3 more sent to the hospital.

jenny12
12-14-2012, 06:39 PM
How many innocents have to lose their lives before there is a ban on carrying guns/assault weapons at public places? The only people that should be allowed to carry guns are -law enforcement, hunters, and soldiers. There is absolutely no need for ordinary people to carry guns in a civilized society. The NRA needs to be accountable for influencing politicians, and making it impossible to place a ban on guns. No other civilized country has this problem. It's time for congress to wake up and make the right decisions before more senseless killings.

Unfortunately, it seems as long as gun lobbyists have such great influence in Washington, nothing will happen. Yeah, people kill people, but guns sure as hell help.

cruisin
12-14-2012, 06:42 PM
Just heard on WINS News Radio, 27 dead , including the shooter. 18 are children. There are many ambulances and stretchers in the parking lot, don't know if they are for the deceased or if there are wounded. Initial reports were so hopeful. I guess they didn't know until they got inside. Still don't know who shot the gunman. It could have been self inflicted. But, there are reports of a second gunman and a van. They are speculating that the second gunman could have shot the first one. Also, some report about an argument between the gunman and the principal before the shootings.

When will our government do something about gun control? When will they get that handguns and automatic weapons are not for hunting or sport?

Rogue
12-14-2012, 06:46 PM
Sadly, the only way the NRA will change their tune is if a disgruntled gun nut attacks the NRA headquarters and they lose multiple people, even though everyone is packing.

BlueRidge
12-14-2012, 06:46 PM
I got off the computer just after it was first reported there was a shooting. I am in shock to come back and hear how many were killed, so many children.

I can't imagine how the parents, other children at the school, friends, family, community... I just can't imagine...

Vash01
12-14-2012, 06:50 PM
They interviewed a little girl. She seems astonishingly calm for such a little girl, but these kids are going to have a very tough time dealing with this. :(

http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/14/us/connecticut-school-shooting/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

So sad for the children that lost their lives and their parents! I can't imagine what they must be going through. In the past it seems the school shootings took place in high schools or colleges. Why an elementary school? How did this guy get 100 rounds to fire, and how did he get in undetected? So many unanswered questions. :(

cruisin
12-14-2012, 06:52 PM
BlueRidge, I think you speak for all of us - we just can't imagine. Those poor parents waiting at the firehouse. Not knowing, but knowing. It's devastating.

rfisher
12-14-2012, 06:52 PM
Guns aren't the only issue. Someone with a knife attacked 20 children in a Chinese school today. People who want to harm don't have to rely on guns. Perhaps the greater question is why there is an increase in attempts to inflict mass injuries on strangers seems to have increased in the last 20 years or so.

AxelAnnie
12-14-2012, 06:54 PM
this is horrifying. It is simple to blame the guns.....but there is lots of blame to go around.....violence on tv, lack of personal responsibility (I.e. every one is to blame but me), and a society that expects instant gratification.
There have always been guns and there have always been crazy people.

I cant even imagine the horror for these people.

Vash01
12-14-2012, 06:54 PM
Guns aren't the only issue. Someone with a knife attacked 20 children in a Chinese school today. People who want to harm don't have to rely on guns. Perhaps the greater question is why there is an increase in attempts to inflict mass injuries on strangers seems to have increased in the last 20 years or so.

That's the root cause of this problem, and yes, it needs to be solved. Still, guns kill a lot more people a lot quicker than a knife would.

l'etoile
12-14-2012, 06:55 PM
OMG it's terrible, it's terrible. Why?