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Newtown Elementary School Shooting

Obama Visiting Town Where Shooting Occurred

AP | JIM KUHNHENN and BEN FELLER | Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics

NEWTOWN, Conn. — He spoke for a nation in sorrow, but the slaughter of all those little boys and girls turned the commander in chief into anothe...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

The names of the towns and the tally of the victims change but the horrific mass shooting cycle of shock, unimaginable grief, calls for reform, followed by a return to the nothing-to-be-done status quo is all too familiar. The nightmare in Newtown, Connecticut -- made all the more sickening by the presence of 20 dead children -- is the third mass shooting since July and the fifth since President Obama took office. In the hours after the shooting, the president made a moving, emotional speech. Just as he did in the wake of Tucson. And Aurora. But calls for "meaningful action" and the lowering of flags to half-staff are no longer enough. What we need, in the words of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is "immediate action." Gun violence, turbo-charged by easy and legal access to deadly weapons, is a cancer eating away at the soul of America. We need emergency surgery.

It's Time for Change -- Now

Thrity Umrigar | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics
Thrity Umrigar

Don't participate in any ritualized expressions of public grief. There have been so many of these already this year. The point is, they don't help. They don't change the laws of the land, they don't weaken the NRA, they don't frighten the cowardly politicians into action. They change nothing.

David Lohr

Sandy Hook Shooting Victims' Names Released | David Lohr | Posted 12.17.2012 | Crime

(CLICK HERE FOR LIVE UPDATES) On Saturday, the Connecticut State Police released a list of the names of the 26 victims who were shot and killed at ...

Banning Guns Is Necessary But Not Sufficient

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics
Rabbi Michael Lerner

We need a fundamental transformation as well as banning guns. Otherwise, we will now revert to the normal debate between liberals wanting more gun control and conservatives saying that it's not guns that kill, but people. Both are right.

Team Obama Reportedly Planning Visit After Tragedy

Patch | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton Tweeted the helicopters people heard over Danbury today were an advance team setting up for a possible presidential visit ...

20 Children

Trevor Neilson | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics
Trevor Neilson

This morning, 20 toothbrushes sat on the bathroom counter. Twenty pairs of winter boots weren't put on. Twenty little chairs at the breakfast table sat empty.

Jenna von Oy: 'I Am Blessed To Have Grown Up In Newtown'

People | Posted 12.15.2012 | Celebrity

Every school shooting I've ever heard about has been exceedingly heartbreaking and has stirred feelings of both rage and sorrow in me. Each one is tra...

David Lohr

Va. Tech Families Mourn Sandy Hook; Offer Support | David Lohr | Posted 12.15.2012 | Crime

As they prepare to mark the upcoming sixth anniversary of the Virginia Tech shooting, families of the victims in that tragedy are mourning again follo...

Murders Silence Political Rhetoric Over Big Debate

Reuters | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

* Boehner seeks deal on tax rates, entitlements * White House sees progress but not ready to accept By T...

Fox Pulls 'Family Guy,' 'American Dad' In Wake Of Shooting

The Huffington Post | Leigh Blickley | Posted 12.15.2012 | TV

Fox has decided to replace all-new episodes of Sunday night's "Family Guy" and "American Dad" with repeats, a network source confirmed to The Hollywoo...

From This Day On: Christmas in Newtown

James Zogby | Posted 02.14.2013 | Crime
James Zogby

The lights will, for a time, go out in Newtown. And in the Christmas' to come there will always be an emptiness and a sense of loss. We can pass legislation, and we must, but it will always be too late for the lost children and grieving families of that wounded community -- and this, we should never forget.

A Day Of Horror In Connecticut

AP | JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN and JOCELYN NOVECK | Posted 02.14.2013 | Crime

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- First, he killed his mother. Nancy Lanza's body was found later at their home on Yogananda Street in Newtown - after the carnage ...

Lives and Innocence Lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 02.14.2013 | Crime
Bryan Cain-Jackson

Never like yesterday, were we able to say that we were afraid of going to school for fear of being shot and killed. To say that we live in terrifying times is a grotesque understatement.

People With Guns Kill People and Children

Alan Singer | Posted 02.14.2013 | Crime
Alan Singer

Between 1982 and 2012 over the course of three decades there were 62 mass murders in the United States using firearms. They have taken place in thirty states. The killers had in their possession 142 guns. At least three-fourths of these weapons had been obtained legally.

Scripts To Talk To Kids About Tragedy

Betsy Brown Braun | Posted 02.13.2013 | Parents
Betsy Brown Braun

Unless your child has been exposed to this incident -- by radio, TV, Internet or overhearing your loose talk -- there is absolutely no reason to bring it up to him. Period.

On Friday Morning

Melissa Sher | Posted 02.13.2013 | Parents
Melissa Sher

My son's class performance this morning -- before I read the news -- feels like it happened weeks ago. What happened in Sandy Hook Elementary is unspeakable; and yet, if we don't speak up, we are closing our eyes to the problem.

Joe Van Brussel

Connecticut Hospital Prepared For Massive School Shooting Casualties | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 12.14.2012 | Crime

DANBURY, Conn. -- It was a call they had often prepared for, but hoped never to take. Shortly after 10 a.m. Friday, doctors in the emergency room a...

How Do We Go From Fairy Tales to Grieving Tales?

Christina Rasmussen | Posted 02.13.2013 | Impact
Christina Rasmussen

We must include our children in our grief. Not only does it help them avoid the confusion of loss, but it also helps them discover their own strengths and their heart's ability to heal itself.

Suspected School Shooter Had Personality Disorder, Report Says

David Lohr | Posted 12.15.2012 | Crime

Adam Lanza, the man the Associated Press has identified as the gunman in Friday's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, had a checkered pa...

'No Words' for Senseless Newtown Tragedy

Brian Normoyle | Posted 02.13.2013 | Crime
Brian Normoyle

Only in this country do these kinds of mass shootings occur with such a ludicrous level of frequency; and when they do, we collectively shake and then scratch our stunned heads in sadness and incredulity, while doing nothing. But today's atrocity was especially grievous.


Michael Seitzman | Posted 02.13.2013 | Crime
Michael Seitzman

There is an awakening majority of us out here who are ready to rise up and protect our children. Today has to be the beginning of that rising.

'Our Hearts Are Broken' and the Hearts of Children Shattered -- Time to Ban Handguns

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 02.13.2013 | Crime
Douglas Kmiec

The entire nation joins with President Obama expressing our "enormous sympathy for families that are affected," but let's wise up: we are all affected, and for that expression of sympathy to be genuine we must turn us away from guns.

Don't Expect Politicians to Push for Stricter Gun Laws

Michael P. Owens | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Michael P. Owens

It is events like this that reaffirm how precious life really is and makes you stop to reflect on how fortunate you are to have the ones closest to you. It is also events like these that initiate a public outcry for solutions to prevent tragedies like this from happening in the first place.

The Time Is Now

David A. Schwartz | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
David A. Schwartz

All violence is tragic, even when it's necessary, and regardless of whether or not it occurs on a small or large scale, or if it happens today or if it happened last year, the correct time to discuss it is always now.