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Are_grits_groceries

(17,111 posts)
Sat Dec 15, 2012, 08:48 AM Dec 2012

When the parents release favorite photos of their children,

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it will be beyond gut-wrenching. They will no longer be the figures that we have conjured up in our minds. They will be the innocent gone too soon.

Kids that age invariably are goofily sweet and open. The pictures give some hint of who they are. You know them- the scamps, the shy ones, the cute ones, the serious ones, and the indecipherable ones. These are just the hints we see in those photos. What they would have become is lost now.

In their eyes there will be many things from hints of hope to some mysterious plans. We never truly know what plans are continually being formed in the young. Those plans are now only in our imaginations.

We will say an inconceivable goodby to part of us as they are laid to rest. What has been lost can never truly be counted and written in some ledger. That is beyond our power to enumerate.

The flowers will grow and remind us of those ephemeral lives. Forever young.......

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When the parents release favorite photos of their children, (Original Post) Are_grits_groceries Dec 2012 OP
These babes probably had their school pics taken in November. boston bean Dec 2012 #1
Australians (I know a few) say they just do not marions ghost Dec 2012 #3
Dunblane, Scotland, 1996: jsr Dec 2012 #2
Wow, you had to go all the way back to 1996 to find a similar event outside of the US. A Simple Game Dec 2012 #17
Never. 1-Old-Man Dec 2012 #4
I like this post and this thread. Loudly Dec 2012 #5
At which point Le Taz Hot Dec 2012 #6
They should release photos of the corpses LiberalEsto Dec 2012 #7
Connecticut state police would never do that. Jennicut Dec 2012 #13
Obviously not. I know that. LiberalEsto Dec 2012 #14
I think the president of the NRA should be given a mop and bottle of clorox and be filmed JanMichael Dec 2012 #15
I absolutely agree with you. llmart Dec 2012 #24
I could only picture my daughter when hearing about the news Capt. Obvious Dec 2012 #8
Newtown now has a historical dividing day lunatica Dec 2012 #9
I hope they don't. There is no good reason for that. slackmaster Dec 2012 #10
Imagine My Surprise At Your Opinion. (nt) Paladin Dec 2012 #11
I think she meant photos of them when they were alive, not sammytko Dec 2012 #12
Sadly nothing will change :( Heather MC Dec 2012 #16
I lost a son, Joshua, at age 3 1/2. I was a total basket case for 2 years. There was no joy in Dustlawyer Dec 2012 #18
So sorry for your loss...... nt Are_grits_groceries Dec 2012 #20
Thank you! Christmas is fun again for me. I have young grandchildren whose innocent Dustlawyer Dec 2012 #26
all of the world's children are precious tk2kewl Dec 2012 #19
I hope they wait a while before naming them Tsiyu Dec 2012 #21
Each family has a state trooper stationed at their home. Are_grits_groceries Dec 2012 #22
Beautifuland appropriate thoughts and words. Thank you. PufPuf23 Dec 2012 #23
And now those pictures come...... Are_grits_groceries Dec 2012 #25

boston bean

(36,280 posts)
1. These babes probably had their school pics taken in November.
Sat Dec 15, 2012, 08:52 AM
Dec 2012

Most were probably anxiously awaiting Santa, and being good in anticipation of Christmas presents and evil darkened their doorstep.

Killing a big part of their parents.

No one touched by this will ever be the same.

Our nation is a disgrace... I am sure we are looked upon as barbarians, because it is so fucking obvious we have a problem and we have politicians and gun lobbies telling us we can't talk about the solutions. They say there are none.... When all of these other countries don't have this barbaric problem.....

It's non sensical.

More guns is never the answer. Not just because more crazies can get a hold of them. Who wants to live in a place where you have to fear every where you go, and to have a chance of living you need to carry a gun yourself?

It's a repulsive thought.

marions ghost

(19,841 posts)
3. Australians (I know a few) say they just do not
Sat Dec 15, 2012, 09:05 AM
Dec 2012

understand why we put up with this.

"who wants to live in a place where you have to fear everywhere you go...?" u say -- and that is the essential question, the reason why I say that those who want to do nothing to change this are keeping us all hostage.

When you go to Australia you can feel the difference when you get off the plane--not nearly so much anger, fear, hostility in the population. It is a whole different world, so much more freedom to move around without this kind of fear.

I am now in the annual mode of "no shopping malls" because of it. I know someone whose young adult daughter was killed outside a Target in VA in broad daylight right before Christmas. The guy shot her and grabbed her purse. This does not occur in Australia.

I also know local people whose lives were touched by death in the case of legal guns in legal situations.

Gun violence sickens the whole society.

Why America? WHY do we not do something about this? Write your congress critters today. Tell them we have had enough.

A Simple Game

(9,214 posts)
17. Wow, you had to go all the way back to 1996 to find a similar event outside of the US.
Sat Dec 15, 2012, 11:58 AM
Dec 2012

Excellent way to point out how much worse our problem is than in other countries.

Good find. With more people like you, we may be able to get something done about this problem.

 

LiberalEsto

(22,845 posts)
7. They should release photos of the corpses
Sat Dec 15, 2012, 11:14 AM
Dec 2012

and force everyone in this gun-nut nation to look at them.

I think the children of the gun manufacturers, the NRA lobbyists, the gutless members of Congress, gun-worshipers, and the owners of gun stores, in particular, should look at these tiny corpses to see what their daddies and moms are all about.

Mass slaughter should not be sanitized.

 

LiberalEsto

(22,845 posts)
14. Obviously not. I know that.
Sat Dec 15, 2012, 11:43 AM
Dec 2012

I worked as a newspaper reporter for many years.

BUT I think it is time for the perpetrators of gun culture to be FORCED to look at what they have wrought.

JanMichael

(24,987 posts)
15. I think the president of the NRA should be given a mop and bottle of clorox and be filmed
Sat Dec 15, 2012, 11:49 AM
Dec 2012

cleaning up the hallways and rooms of that school, and that video should be posted on EVERY political website, EVERY FB page, EVERY twitter account, and shown on every news programs.

llmart

(15,826 posts)
24. I absolutely agree with you.
Sat Dec 15, 2012, 08:12 PM
Dec 2012

Just like Bush/Cheney hid the photos of the coffins of dead soldiers from Iraq, they realized a visual might stir up anti-war sentiment even more.

It would physically make me sick to see 20 little coffins, but if that's what's necessary to wake up the citizens of the United States, then we need to do it. We also need to show the horrendous grief their parents are suffering.

lunatica

(53,410 posts)
9. Newtown now has a historical dividing day
Sat Dec 15, 2012, 11:22 AM
Dec 2012

Just like we all divide our recent history into 'before 9/11' and 'after 9/11' so it will be for Newtown.

I'm never far from tears. I woke up in the middle of the night and started crying again. I remember how cold it was when my brother died. It was Winter in Illinois and very cold. To this day when I get cold like that it reminds me. I felt like a had an endless vast hollow hole inside and the only thing that filled it was the cold. The warmth had left me.

 

Heather MC

(8,084 posts)
16. Sadly nothing will change :(
Sat Dec 15, 2012, 11:55 AM
Dec 2012

Rememer the Amish school shootings. Nothing changes gun lovers will just say 'this is why we need more guns.'

As long as people have rage and access to guns this will keep happening

Dustlawyer

(10,504 posts)
18. I lost a son, Joshua, at age 3 1/2. I was a total basket case for 2 years. There was no joy in
Sat Dec 15, 2012, 11:59 AM
Dec 2012

anything. To this day, the hardest thing was telling my other 2 children that their little brother was about to die (we had to unplug him from life support). I, unfortunately, can imagine what the families were going through, pure, unadulterated, grief and anger so deep that they feel they will never be able to go on. Hey NRA members, is this what you want? Unfortunately, they do not recognize, or refuse to recognize, the truth! They make excuses, blame others, but refuse to look in the mirror. I wonder if their were any NRA die hard members who's children were killed? I bet they get it now. It seems it has to happen to them before they see the other side of this issue. What a shame!

Dustlawyer

(10,504 posts)
26. Thank you! Christmas is fun again for me. I have young grandchildren whose innocent
Sun Dec 16, 2012, 12:48 PM
Dec 2012

joy and wonderment at this time of year cannot help but to bring joy to me and my family! I will however, be stopping by the cemetery on 12/21 to spend some time with Joshua and my father who insisted on being buried by Joshua's side. It is comforting now to do this as I spend time remembering them and the good times. In years past it was a very dark empty hole I would fall into. Knowing what I know about what those families have ahead of them, I am deeply saddened and my heart goes out to them! Thank you again!

 

tk2kewl

(18,133 posts)
19. all of the world's children are precious
Sat Dec 15, 2012, 02:49 PM
Dec 2012

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Our future literally is dependent on our ability to nurture and protect them everywhere across the globe. There is no higher purpose.

Tsiyu

(18,186 posts)
21. I hope they wait a while before naming them
Sat Dec 15, 2012, 05:22 PM
Dec 2012

Because reporters are going to swarm those poor families like white on rice.

Let them grieve privately for a few days...they have enough to deal with.

Bless each and every one of those babies - and all babies murdered senselessly because we can't figure out how to solve any problem without some kind of "war" and some violence to go along with it.

It's 2012 and it still feels like we are in a dark age - of the soul

Are_grits_groceries

(17,111 posts)
22. Each family has a state trooper stationed at their home.
Sat Dec 15, 2012, 06:40 PM
Dec 2012

I think they will be there at least for a while longer. they are to assist the family in any way possible. Hopefully, that will deter the vultures.

PufPuf23

(8,979 posts)
23. Beautifuland appropriate thoughts and words. Thank you.
Sat Dec 15, 2012, 07:43 PM
Dec 2012

The spiritual, moral, and reality of the acts of individuals, our nation, and the cruelties of existence have overwhelmed me as I turn 60.

We need kindness and wisdom, desperately so.

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