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Newtown Elementary School Shooting

Post-Sandy Hook Security Hasn't Curbed School Shootings

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 02.03.2014 | Crime

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite increased security put in place after the massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, there's...

The Empty Seats at the Newtown Holiday Tables

Mary Buffett | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics
Mary Buffett

One would think that the slaughter of innocents, especially on the cusp of the holidays, would offer Americans the courage to move forward. However, we ended up with cowardice from a select set of Democratic senators.

Newtown Tragedy: The Bell Not Tolled

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 02.19.2014 | Crime
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

On October 25, 2013, that demolition began, with one headline announcing, "No trace of Sandy Hook Elementary will be left." There is very little trace of Nancy Lanza left in coverage a year later.

The Great American Gun Violence Lottery

Erin Ryan | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Erin Ryan

Just as our gun culture has changed for the worse, it can also change for the better. If the common-sense majority can just shake off this paralyzing mantle of powerlessness, we can start making the changes we want in our world.

Ending School Violence Begins With Me

Kim Simon | Posted 02.16.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

I'm really tired of listening to all of you ponder, plea, debate and complain. I'm tired of reading your comments on social media. I'm tired of the hand-wringing. The navel-gazing. The attempts at empathy. That's not enough. That won't protect your kids. Do something.

Silence of the Lame

Patricia McGuire | Posted 02.13.2014 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Whether a shocking massacre, or solitary assault with a rifle, the prevalence of gun violence in this nation is the best evidence we have of the genuine moral paralysis of government.

Make a Promise Today for Sandy Hook... for Good

Dr. Karin L. Smithson | Posted 02.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karin L. Smithson

We need to love our children without taking the miracle of their lives for granted. We need be present to their warm, silly joy when it passes by us on the street. We should look them in the eyes with gentle sincerity, letting them know that they matter and that we are so very glad that they are here.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 12.15.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week delivered another stark lesson in the difference between a real scandal and a manufactured one. On Tuesday, President Obama was photographed at the Nelson Mandela memorial service taking a selfie with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt, thus kicking off #selfiegate. This happened just before the president apparently destroyed America by shaking hands with Cuban President Raul Castro -- at a ceremony honoring a man for, among other things, rising above old hatreds and promoting reconciliation between former enemies. Attracting far less social media fury was the fact that an estimated 28,000 people, including almost 200 children, have been killed by gun violence in the year since Newtown -- or that under the Murray-Ryan budget deal being worked out, extended unemployment benefits for 1.3 million Americans will abruptly end on December 28. Maybe for Christmas, we should all ask Santa for a more well-placed sense of outrage.

'I Blame Society'

Ally Del Monte | Posted 02.13.2014 | Teen
Ally Del Monte

Flowers die, candles snuff out, food is eaten or goes bad and is thrown in the trash. What is remembered is how people acted. We became a nation of friends who took care of each other.

Newtown, A Year Later: Reflecting and Moving Forward

Michael Jascz | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Michael Jascz

This week marks the one year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The incident is still painfully fres...

Remembering Newtown, and Gun Control

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

The families of Newtown victims have done a lot to push for gun control and their work will surely continue to make a difference both in terms of public awareness and also legislation, but the burden of restoring sanity to a nation gone gun crazy should not fall to them alone.

A Day To Remember Pain And Celebrate The Miracle Of Love

Jennifer Meer | Posted 02.13.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Meer

December has always been a miraculous time. It marks the season in my life when I labored with both my children on the same date, in different years: December 14. But I cannot help but think of a community not so very far from my own. December 14 marks a very different day for them.

A Year After Sandy Hook, Our Kids Are Still Dying From Guns

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Released just days before the Dec. 14 anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting that took the lives of 20 young students in Newtown, Conn., la...

Newtown and the Decay of Our Democracy

Nate Bresnick | Posted 02.12.2014 | Teen
Nate Bresnick

Almost 10,000 Americans have been gunned down in this past year in which we've failed miserably to act, and we've hardly noticed. Such profound apathy is democracy's greatest enemy.

For the Love of Grace

Sue Shanahan | Posted 02.11.2014 | Parents
Sue Shanahan

Grace Audrey McDonnell didn't have an ounce of hate in her. She was the light and the love of her family. She was Chris and Lynn's daughter and Jack's little sister. She was a granddaughter, a friend and loved by many. But to me, she will always be, simply Grace of my heart.

After Newtown Tragedy, Honoring My Son With Conversation

Mark Barden | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Mark Barden

The young man that stormed Sandy Hook School that cold December morning last year was the kid that sat alone at the lunch table. I can't help but wonder if someone, anyone, had gone over to him and asked: "Would you like to join us?"

Bless and Remember the Children of Newtown

Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin | Posted 02.10.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin

To truly honor the deceased, it is incumbent upon us to remember the name of each and every precious child and adult. When Jacob blessed Joseph, he said: "in them may my name be recalled."

A New Approach on Gun Reform -- Let's Get Started

Steven Fulop | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Steven Fulop

Police departments are huge buyers of guns and ammunition but have not taken advantage of their power in the marketplace to demand change from gun manufacturers. This has been a missed opportunity that must be -- and will be -- reversed.

Daughter Of Slain Sandy Hook Principal Opens Up About Her Wedding Day

Posted 01.25.2014 | Weddings

Erica Lafferty carved out time on the morning of her wedding to make one important stop: her mother's grave. Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, the former p...

Sandy Hook Parents: Remember Our Faces

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 02.08.2014 | Parents
Carolyn S. Miles

As I see it, Alissa and her husband Robbie are bestowing a priceless gift. They remind us that as long as our little ones are alive and well, there are things we can do to better protect them.

American Moms One Year After Newtown: No More Silence About Gun Violence

Shannon Watts | Posted 02.08.2014 | Parents
Shannon Watts

As the events at Sandy Hook Elementary unfolded last year, I and the other mothers of America were given an ultimatum: Act now to reduce gun violence in America or sit by as these senseless tragedies continue to occur in our communities. We chose to act.

Natalie's Kitchen -- One Year Later

Suzy Hayman DeYoung | Posted 02.07.2014 | Impact
Suzy Hayman DeYoung

The day had gone from being a routine December Friday in a historic and ornamented slice of CT, to a frenzy of standstill traffic, hovering helicopters palatable anxiety, and a swarm of media lining the narrow Sandy Hook sidewalks; the glow of holiday decorations all but obliterated by the harsh glare of their television lights.

Catherine Hubbard: Legacy and Lessons

Allena Tapia | Posted 02.05.2014 | Impact
Allena Tapia

A year after Catherine Violet Hubbard's tragic passing in Newtown, Connecticut, her mother, Jenny Hubbard, continues to learn from Catherine every day, and it's these lessons that inform Catherine's legacy.

Christina Wilkie

Newtown Pleads For Privacy Ahead Of Sandy Hook Anniversary | Christina Wilkie | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the one-year anniversary approaches for the murders of 26 students and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., m...

Zach Carter

Gun Sales Exploded In The Year After Newtown Shooting | Zach Carter | Posted 12.13.2013 | Politics

American gun sales have been climbing for nearly a decade, but they have surged under President Barack Obama -- particularly after the Newtown, Conn.,...