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The Connecticut Shootings: Why can't America Just Grieve?

Updated on December 15, 2012

I want to begin by saying my thoughts and prayers go out with the victims of the horrible event that took place yesterday in Connecticut.

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I wasn't watching the news yesterday when the breaking news happened, but the twitterverse exploded and I had to see what was going on. I watched in horror as they were tallying the total deaths, most of those little kids. I had to go to work, and the whole time the man had the news on, replaying over and over reactions from students, teachers, and family of the victims.

It's in these times of crisis that we see the American public come together to support victims to events like these.

But what I can't understand, not even two hours after the shooting, that every news network had to get together their group of "geniuses" and discuss what? How to make our schools safer? What can we do to support them? Nope. Everybody had to clamor about the need for gun control, gun control, gun control.

I'm not going to share my personal feelings on the matter, and in this instance it doesn't matter. It takes a pretty low person to use a tragedy to further their political agenda. Everybody who has been lobbying towards gun control stepped forward yesterday and said, "Hey, we told you so!" If I didn't know any better, you'd think this whole thing was planned by them.

Not only was there clamoring for gun control, but I saw a few networks run interviews with people who advocated stiffer control over people who have depression or other mental illnesses, so that they don't go out and do these kinds of things.


Again I will say that this isn't the place for me to advocate my opinion one way or the other. But again I will say, how low of a person are you to further your political agenda on the back of a tragedy?

The point when I finally had had enough of the news was when a journalist was trying to shove his microphone in the face of a group of weeping kids, just to get a story from them. In this instance, I understand the desire to get more information. But this is a group of children. Children who have just witnessed something horrible.

Why can't America just grieve?


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    • flagostomos profile image

      flagostomos 4 years ago from Washington, United States

      That's a good point. I agree that something needs to be done. I've read all sorts of things recently that one way to prevent all this is to stop glorifying these kinds of events. People that have in their mind to do something bad think, "I'm going out with a bang. Every news network will air my dirty laundry until I'm a household name."

      Almost makes you think..

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      Sarah Kulpa 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Like many people they grip for answers about how things can be stopped, and how terrible such things are. Things like this will always happen and it will always be just as horrible whether 1 life is lost or many, they hold the same value. They shadow their fear and grief with finger pointing and trying to make up a way for things never to happen again. There will always be people that do terrible, evil things, for one reason or another.

      I agree with you that it is disgusting to make children talk about such things, they will already have to live with this memory for the rest of their lives. They should be shown love and compassion and space. Politics have no place in the healing process and I thank you for writing this article.