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Sunday, December 16, 2012


NewtownIt's just too close to home. You always hear about those type of events on TV. Columbine when it happened, V.T. Tech or even the more recent Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting. But I think in the back of your mind you think "No, that wouldn't happen here." and that makes you feel somehow safer. Until it happens in the next town over from you. One of the most idyllic, small, crime-free (the last homicide was 10 years ago I think) New England Connecticut towns.

The whole thing is just so surreal. I can't believe what the families are feeling. And all because one crazy person decided they had to go into an elementary school and start shooting. Who goes into an elementary school with an assault rifle? What kind of person do you have to be to do that? Obviously there was something wrong with him but I don't think I will ever be able to comprehend it. 

Friday was just a very surreal day at work as the events started to unfold and more and more news came out. Danbury is not very far from Newtown so a lot of the area schools went on lock-down after the events started to become more clear. Road closures, car searches when they thought there was a second shooter at large. Everything was just happening so fast, news came out, then changed again. I still don't think they quite know what made him go to that school. At first it was said that his mother was a teacher there but now that version has been recanted. Then they said the shooter was at the school days prior to the shooting and had an argument with 4 adults but that version can't be confirmed either. 

It's just so surreal. They said that everyone in the area most likely will know someone who knows someone who was affected personally. Well, unfortunately that seems to be coming true as we found out last night that the sister of one of the waiters/bartenders at one of the local restaurants we go to all the time was one of the teachers killed. It's just so sad.  

I really hope that something positive will come out of this and more gun control actually goes into place. It's scary to see some of the arguments online, people wanting to put MORE guns on the street. Arm the teachers. What?? What's next? Arm the children? Come on! I don't want to get into a big political rant on here on my blog but seriously, how can you say that it's a good thing people can legally own weapons like that. What on earth does a private citizen need a gun like that for? Fine, own a gun for hunting, or even a small gun to keep at home if it makes you feel better. But those type of guns that can kill twenty people in a matter of seconds. No. Just no. 

Mail Update: Since the last update letters have gone out to: Celia/MA, Nina/WA, Charles/TN and Caroline/Scotland. Also owe replies to: Jessica/DE.

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I kind of hope that they do get to know why he did it, in time it would be a little bit of closure for the victims families - they won't spend the rest of their life just wondering...why?

I'm not even sure I feel comfortable knowing that people could keep guns in their house...like get into an argument with a nut job neighbour and he has a gun in his house? hmm...

Posted by: jo | Dec 16, 2012 11:57:10 AM

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