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Grieving for Connecticut: Guns do kill

By Jeannie Rivera Dec 14, 2012 3:32PM


Unfortunately, life in the U.S. also means legal, easy access to guns. As a result, people die.  The NRA would argue otherwise and they have every legal right to do just that. But on this issue, I stand clear and firm: Guns kill indiscriminately.  Sure, someone has to pull the trigger. But wouldn’t it be great if there were fewer triggers to be pulled?

 

Today, guns sucked the life out of 27 people, most of them children, at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Guns today darkened entire families' destinies forever and smashed the dreams of future doctors, engineers, chefs and musicians. Because of guns, Santa isn't coming to Newtown. I can’t fathom what would be like to send your kids to school in the morning to never see them alive again. Oh, the things we take for granted.

 

Why do atrocities like this happen here more so than in most industrialized, modern countries in the world? A friend wondered in a Facebook post whether it is that we have become increasingly isolated in our own communities and, in the process, lost the ability to identify and reach out to those who seem troubled. Could it be that our celebrity and fame-worshipping society causes these disturbed souls to seek “their share” this way?

 

Perhaps, but we don’t necessarily have a higher proportion of disturbed souls than other countries, and I don’t believe that the walls behind which many become isolated –real or figuratively- are necessarily taller than those that exist in other communities around the world. What we do have more of is guns. Lots of them.



26Comments
Dec 14, 2012 5:08PM
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Sure guns kill but it takes someone to pull the trigger, so don't suggest all guns be done away with because of some knotthead that does something like this.  I've been around guns all my life and have never thought about doing this.
Dec 14, 2012 8:46PM
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It’s easy to blame guns and the gun culture, but 60 million+ gun owners didn’t shoot anyone today.  Let’s look at the society we a living in, no sense of personal responsibly, use everyone else’s bad behavior to justify more bad behavior. No fear of consequences for our actions. Movies and video games that promote violence and make death look easy without a thought of what comes afterwards or who it will affect.  Performers that are held up as great successes and role models, all while they promote all forms of violence against women, authority, or anyone, they disagree with.  Leaders that have failed at leadership but have divided, and started a class war that is closer to destroying our country than anything since the civil war.  We should be celebrating that greatest birth ever know but here we are mourning the deaths of so many innocent children, and not just today but the millions that don’t even get to take their first breath.  Pray for GOD to have mercy on US.

Dec 14, 2012 6:37PM
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As tragic as it is, we cannot close our backs on the 2nd. Amendment.  These nuts cannot be predicted.   Makes you wonder , is there a REAL Bourne legacy capability out there, that pick

 

and program lamebrains to do these atrocities ?????  These mass shootings have been perpetrated too often in the last 4 years or more, with eerie frequency.

 

Makes you wonder, what to do to SWAY PUBLIC OPINION YOU WAY.......................

 

At what Price ?????????

Dec 15, 2012 1:03PM
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its sad that all these died and especially the children but gun control is not the answer.  we have raised a society of crazy people and the first thing people want to blame it on is  the guns.  you can go to other countries such as Guatemala  where its illegal to have a gun and you will find killing just as it is here and with guns at times.   prayer has been taken out of schools and  abortion has has been deemed ok .  its ok to kill babies though right? more children die every year because of abortion but you don't hear to much about that right?  i totally 100 percent disagree with the writer here , taking our guns will not solve anything.  all that will do is take another one of our freedoms. 
i personally will not sit by while people such as the writer tries to take this right away from me.  i will do all i can to help the NRA  because guns do not kill , people do.
Dec 14, 2012 6:35PM
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As tragic as it is, we cannot close our backs on the 2nd. Amendment.  These nuts cannot be predicted.   Makes you wonder , is there a REAL Bourne legacy capability ou there, that pick

 

and program lamebrains to do these atrocities ?????  These mass shootings have been perpetrated too often in the last 4 years or more, with eerie frequency.

 

Makes you wonder, what to do to SWAY PUBLIC OPINION YOU WAY.......................

Dec 15, 2012 1:52PM
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Please understand this, guns are outlawed, in many places where these mass killings take place.

 

There are a pletora, ( many  )  Gun  Laws on the books, that warn and keep LAW ABIDING citizens

 from entering these places.  I repeat, law abiding citizen.  

 

By defenition, a criminal, or law breaker is one who disobeys all laws, by action or deed.  They, do not believe laws are written for them to obey, but to violate, and do so without regard to life or property.  They will kill, steal, threaten and assault, batter, with total disregard or respect for the law,much, less for their  victims.  Be it because of a lawless mind set, or mental condition.

We can ban all the guns of the world, there will still be mass killings with other instruments.  The lawless will always arm themselves for evil doing. If not with instruments, then by sheer strength, or numbers, to use against their intended victims.   those that are weak of body, age,etc. would find themselves EASY PREY to these evil goers.  So give the weak a means to defend themselves.  Police cannot, has never been able to keep every citizen safe from  evil doers. Police take reports from victims after the crime has been committed, and depend on luck,and evidence to catch a criminal, after the hapless citizen is dead, raped, beaten, or robbed.  I would say do for all schools what we do for airports, armed  security, bullet proof glass. Security protocols. That WILL insure children's safety while in school.  More gun laws will not work!!!!!

Dec 15, 2012 1:50PM
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Please understand this, guns are outlawed, in many places where these mass killings take place.

 

There are a pletora, ( many  )  Gun  Laws on the books, that warn and keep LAW ABIDING citizens

 from entering these places.  I repeat, law abiding citizen.  

 

By defenition, a criminal, or law breaker is one who disobeys all laws, by action or deed.  They, do not believe laws are written for them to obey, but to violate, and do so without regard to life or property.  They will kill, steal, threaten and assault, batter, with total disregard or respect for the law,much, less for their v victims.  Be it because of a lawless mind set, or mental condition.

We can ban all the guns of the world, there will still be mass killings with other instruments.  The lawless will always arm themselves for evil doing. If not with instruments, then by sheer strength, or numbers, to use against their intended victims.   those that are weak of body, age,etc. would find themselves EASY PREY to these evil goers.  So give the weak a means to defend themselves.  Police cannot, has never been able to keep every citizen safe from  evil doers. Police take reports from victims after the crime has been committed, and depend on luck,and evidence to catch a criminal, after the hapless citizen is dead, raped, beaten, or robbed.  I would say do for all schools what we do for airports, armed  security, bullet proof glass. Security protocols. That WILL insure children's safety while in school.  More gun laws will not work!!!!!

Dec 15, 2012 1:55PM
avatar

Please understand this, guns are outlawed, in many places where these mass killings take place.

 

There are a plethora, ( many  )  Gun  Laws on the books, that warn and keep LAW ABIDING citizens

 from entering these places.  I repeat, law abiding citizen.  

 

By definition, a criminal, or law breaker is one who disobeys all laws, by action or deed.  They, do not believe laws are written for them to obey, but to violate, and do so without regard to life or property.  They will kill, steal, threaten and assault, batter, with total disregard or respect for the law,much, less for their  victims.  Be it because of a lawless mind set, or mental condition.

We can ban all the guns of the world, there will still be mass killings with other instruments.  The lawless will always arm themselves for evil doing. If not with instruments, then by sheer strength, or numbers, to use against their intended victims.   those that are weak of body, age,etc. would find themselves EASY PREY to these evil goers.  So give the weak a means to defend themselves.  Police cannot, has never been able to keep every citizen safe from  evil doers. Police take reports from victims after the crime has been committed, and depend on luck,and evidence to catch a criminal, after the hapless citizen is dead, raped, beaten, or robbed.  I would say do for all schools what we do for airports, armed  security, bullet proof glass. Security protocols. That WILL insure children's safety while in school.  More gun laws will not work!!!!!

Dec 14, 2012 6:36PM
avatar

As tragic as it is, we cannot close our backs on the 2nd. Amendment.  These nuts cannot be predicted.   Makes you wonder , is there a REAL Bourne legacy capability out there, that pick

 

and program lamebrains to do these atrocities ?????  These mass shootings have been perpetrated too often in the last 4 years or more, with eerie frequency.

 

Makes you wonder, what to do to SWAY PUBLIC OPINION YOU WAY.......................

 

At what Price ?????????

Dec 15, 2012 1:03PM
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its sad that all these died and especially the children but gun control is not the answer.  we have raised a society of crazy people and the first thing people want to blame it on is  the guns.  you can go to other countries such as Guatemala  where its illegal to have a gun and you will find killing just as it is here and with guns at times.   prayer has been taken out of schools and  abortion has has been deemed ok .  its ok to kill babies though right? more children die every year because of abortion but you don't hear to much about that right?  i totally 100 percent disagree with the writer here , taking our guns will not solve anything.  all that will do is take another one of our freedoms. 
i personally will not sit by while people such as the writer tries to take this right away from me.  i will do all i can to help the NRA  because guns do not kill , people do.
Dec 17, 2012 7:58PM
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Perhaps, perhaps this is a very tunnel minded view of guns and our country. I'm pretty sure when and weak minded murderer decides to kill, they will do just that. I have to laugh when you so called writers make it out to be the guns fault.  If you take away guns here you had better do it in Mexico too. The drugs cartels are praying that it happens. Miss writer lady above puts no thought  outside her personal wishes and probably has never even been near a gun. 
Some of high ranking Japanese officials after WW2 answered why they never attacked  the US mainland, they said it was suicide. There would be a gun behind every tree and every rock. Too draw them out in the vast Pacific away from the mainland is where we fight them. You take away guns you will invite more trouble that make us all tremble.
Why we steer away from our troubled youth of today I have no answer, but to blame guns is an easy out and has no thought process at all. Maybe because the Rap/Hip hop , video game , and Drug communities are taking care of them more than ever. Of course we want to ignore to harder questions/problems and go for the easy one every time. The younger generation has more stress on them today more than the older ever did. Their future is being sold to highest bidder and mentally ill are treated like walking ghosts. So lets hope for a Johnas Salk out there to help us because like always we cannot look to our leaders for help. Guns are not the problem, people are.
Dec 15, 2012 1:54PM
avatar

Please understand this, guns are outlawed, in many places where these mass killings take place.

 

There are a plethora, ( many  )  Gun  Laws on the books, that warn and keep LAW ABIDING citizens

 from entering these places.  I repeat, law abiding citizen.  

 

By definition, a criminal, or law breaker is one who disobeys all laws, by action or deed.  They, do not believe laws are written for them to obey, but to violate, and do so without regard to life or property.  They will kill, steal, threaten and assault, batter, with total disregard or respect for the law,much, less for their  victims.  Be it because of a lawless mind set, or mental condition.

We can ban all the guns of the world, there will still be mass killings with other instruments.  The lawless will always arm themselves for evil doing. If not with instruments, then by sheer strength, or numbers, to use against their intended victims.   those that are weak of body, age,etc. would find themselves EASY PREY to these evil goers.  So give the weak a means to defend themselves.  Police cannot, has never been able to keep every citizen safe from  evil doers. Police take reports from victims after the crime has been committed, and depend on luck,and evidence to catch a criminal, after the hapless citizen is dead, raped, beaten, or robbed.  I would say do for all schools what we do for airports, armed  security, bullet proof glass. Security protocols. That WILL insure children's safety while in school.  More gun laws will not work!!!!!

Dec 15, 2012 1:02PM
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its sad that all these died and especially the children but gun control is not the answer.  we have raised a society of crazy people and the first thing people want to blame it on is  the guns.  you can go to other countries such as Guatemala  where its illegal to have a gun and you will find killing just as it is here and with guns at times.   prayer has been taken out of schools and  abortion has has been deemed ok .  its ok to kill babies though right? more children die every year because of abortion but you dont hear to much about that right?  i totally 100 percent disagree with the writer here , taking our guns will not solve anything.  all that will do is take another one of our freedoms. 
i personally will not sit by while people such as the writer tries to take this right away from me.  i will do all i can to help the NRA  because guns do not kill , people do.
Dec 21, 2012 12:58PM
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All you have to do is look a t Mexico, a country with some of the most strictest gun laws, and citizens are killed by the hundreds, every week !  You can disarm the law abiding citizen, the outlaws, by nature criminals, will always have their guns.. Don't look now ,but someone coming through one of your windows. Oh you can dial 911, and wait till they arrive.  You may be in a condition to talk to them, or heading to the morgue or hospital.  But guns are bad.   Stupid.

Estupidos...

Dec 17, 2012 7:56PM
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Perhaps, perhaps this is a very tunnel minded view of guns and our country. I'm pretty sure when and weak minded murderer decides to kill, they will do just that. I have to laugh when you so called writers make it out to be the guns fault.  If you take away guns here you had better do it in Mexico too. The drugs cartels are praying that it happens. Miss writer lady above puts no thought  outside her personal wishes and probably has never even been near a gun. 
Some of high ranking Japanese officials after WW2 answered why they never attacked  the US mainland, they said it was suicide. There would be a gun behind every tree and every rock. Too draw them out in the vast Pacific away from the mainland is where we fight them. You take away guns you will invite more trouble that make us all tremble.
Why we steer away from our troubled youth of today I have no answer, but to blame guns is an easy out and has no thought process at all. Maybe because the Rap/Hip hop , video game , and Drug communities are taking care of them more than ever. Of course we want to ignore to harder questions/problems and go for the easy one every time. The younger generation has more stress on them today more than the older ever did. Their future is being sold to highest bidder and mentally ill are treated like walking ghosts. So lets hope for a Johnas Salk out there to help us because like always we cannot look to our leaders for help. Guns are not the problem, people are.
Dec 17, 2012 7:56PM
avatar
Perhaps, perhaps this is a very tunnel minded view of guns and our country. I'm pretty sure when and weak minded murderer decides to kill, they will do just that. I have to laugh when you so called writers make it out to be the guns fault.  If you take away guns here you had better do it in Mexico too. The drugs cartels are praying that it happens. Miss writer lady above puts no thought  outside her personal wishes and probably has never even been near a gun. 
Some of high ranking Japanese officials after WW2 answered why they never attacked  the US mainland, they said it was suicide. There would be a gun behind every tree and every rock. Too draw them out in the vast Pacific away from the mainland is where we fight them. You take away guns you will invite more trouble that make us all tremble.
Why we steer away from our troubled youth of today I have no answer, but to blame guns is an easy out and has no thought process at all. Maybe because the Rap/Hip hop , video game , and Drug communities are taking care of them more than ever. Of course we want to ignore to harder questions/problems and go for the easy one every time. The younger generation has more stress on them today more than the older ever did. Their future is being sold to highest bidder and mentally ill are treated like walking ghosts. So lets hope for a Johnas Salk out there to help us because like always we cannot look to our leaders for help. Guns are not the problem, people are.
Dec 15, 2012 1:53PM
avatar

Please understand this, guns are outlawed, in many places where these mass killings take place.

 

There are a pletora, ( many  )  Gun  Laws on the books, that warn and keep LAW ABIDING citizens

 from entering these places.  I repeat, law abiding citizen.  

 

By defenition, a criminal, or law breaker is one who disobeys all laws, by action or deed.  They, do not believe laws are written for them to obey, but to violate, and do so without regard to life or property.  They will kill, steal, threaten and assault, batter, with total disregard or respect for the law,much, less for their  victims.  Be it because of a lawless mind set, or mental condition.

We can ban all the guns of the world, there will still be mass killings with other instruments.  The lawless will always arm themselves for evil doing. If not with instruments, then by sheer strength, or numbers, to use against their intended victims.   those that are weak of body, age,etc. would find themselves EASY PREY to these evil goers.  So give the weak a means to defend themselves.  Police cannot, has never been able to keep every citizen safe from  evil doers. Police take reports from victims after the crime has been committed, and depend on luck,and evidence to catch a criminal, after the hapless citizen is dead, raped, beaten, or robbed.  I would say do for all schools what we do for airports, armed  security, bullet proof glass. Security protocols. That WILL insure children's safety while in school.  More gun laws will not work!!!!!

Dec 17, 2012 7:49PM
avatar
Perhaps, perhaps this is a very tunnel minded view of guns and our country. I'm pretty sure when and weak minded murderer decides to kill, they will do just that. I have to laugh when you so called writers make it out to be the guns fault.  If you take away guns here you had better do it in Mexico too. The drugs cartels are praying that it happens. Miss writer lady above puts no thought  outside her personal wishes and probably has never even been near a gun. 
Some of high ranking Japanese officials after WW2 answered why they never attacked  the US mainland, they said it was suicide. There would be a gun behind every tree and every rock. Too draw them out in the vast Pacific away from the mainland is where we fight them. You take away guns you will invite more trouble that make us all tremble.
Why we steer away from our troubled youth of today I have no answer, but to blame guns is an easy out and has no thought process at all. Maybe because the Rap/Hip hop , video game , and Drug communities are taking care of them more than ever. Of course we want to ignore to harder questions/problems and go for the easy one every time. The younger generation has more stress on them today more than the older ever did. Their future is being sold to highest bidder and mentally ill are treated like walking ghosts. So lets hope for a Johnas Salk out there to help us because like always we cannot look to our leaders for help. Guns are not the problem, people are.
Dec 21, 2012 8:10PM
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We have laws to prosecute murders of the innocent. So far throughout history that is all we have needed. Each time a mass killing have occurred it is the gun manufacturer fault.  We cannot go to war without protection. We cannot defend our personal property without protection. But, we can defend our children with official police security. Secure our schools,Churchs, hospitals, courtrooms, Governments,restaurants, and any place we deem, that need protection. We pay enough taxes to cover and take care of our communities, property and persons with official security, qualified protection.@

  

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  • Jeannie RiveraJeannie Rivera

    Jeannie Rivera is an independent writer and former newspaper reporter who lives in Central Florida with her family, a guitar, a few orchids and a bunch of books. She doesn't have pets and this is unlikely to change. She's penned stories for The Miami Herald, The Orlando Sentinel, BBC Mundo, AOL and others. She was raised in Puerto Rico where she learned to sing, cook good food, be a good mom and throw boisterous parties (she gets great story material from these.) She enjoys traveling, good wine, great books, her two boys and sleeping.