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Support for Newtown, CT, School Shooting Victims Pours In

Well-wishers worldwide send thoughts, prayers and other support to Newtown.

The Newtown, CT, shootings have sparked an outpouring of support from across the country and the world.

In New Hampshire, a student created a makeshift candlelight memorial for the victims.

On Long Island, a neighborhood turned off its holiday lights in the wake of the shooting that killed , at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday.

A blogger from Atlanta wrote a riveting Christmas poem in which he asked Santa to "take my presents and change them into hugs. And throw them down their chimneys with all your Christmas love." More than 1,000 Facebook users have shared Brandon Kelley's post.

As of Sunday, more than 1,400 Patch users have posted this four-word comment—"I want to help"—on an article created for people seeking to be auto-notified about ways they can support the devastated community of Newtown.

The offers and expressions of support have been heartfelt.

Virginia's Emily R. Doll wrote a letter to Newtown. In it, she says that while she's never been there, "my heart shattered for you today in a way I can’t comprehend."

An American artist from 3,000 miles away in the far reaches of the Pacific Northwest wants to draw a keepsake portrait for every victim's family. 

And then there is Alysa White of Illinois, who created the Facebook group "Teddys for Newtown," which already has nearly 1,000 likes.

The 20-year old's simple, but loving, goal—collect Teddy bears for each of the children who attend Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Honeygo Hal December 18, 2012 at 03:15 PM
From what I hear, vermin doesn't cook up real well after being hit by a couple .223 rounds...
Corbin Dallas Multipass December 18, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Assault weapons would be a good start, yes. Or at least restrict them so that they are stored safely at gun ranges only. More importantly, there are many ways around background checks that could be tightened. Why not start there?
Illona Lucas December 18, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Dennis, you are correct only the criminals will have guns, good people will have no way to protect them selves or their families. Let someone break into these peoples homes and rape their wife and daughter what are they going to do set them down and try to talk them out of it. You better have a gun. They won't get mine.
Steve December 18, 2012 at 03:39 PM
One of the Nutter's dirty little secrets gets them around background checks and fingerprints. The NFA Trust: http://ezinearticles.com/?Why-Do-I-Need-An-NFA-Firearms-Trust?&id=4240545
FIFA December 18, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Shanna - you have not listed a single specific thing your god has done. You have only used flowering rhetoric. Please point to something he has accomplished and answered your prayers.
Sanchez December 18, 2012 at 09:07 PM
CBS News: ‘Fast and Furious’ Gun Found At Site Where Mexican Beauty Queen Killed by: Sharyl Attkisson "A gun found at the scene of a shootout between a Mexican drug cartel and soldiers where a beauty queen died was part of the botched “Fast and Furious” operation, CBS News reports. Authorities had said that Maria Susana Flores Gamez was likely used as a human shield and that an automatic rifle had been found near her body after the Nov. 23 shootout. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, tells CBS News that the Justice Department did not notify Congress that a Fast and Furious firearm was found at the scene in Sinaloa. CBS News learned the Romanian AK-47-type WASR-10 rifle found near her body was purchased by Uriel Patino at an Arizona gun shop in 2010. Patino is a suspect who allegedly purchased 700 guns while under the ATF’s watch. The “Fast and Furious” operation was launched in 2009 to catch trafficking kingpins, but agents lost track of about 1,400 of the more than 2,000 weapons involved." http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/12/18/cbs-news-fast-and-furious-gun-found-at-site-where-mexican-beauty-queen-killed/
Steve December 18, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Joe must have not gotten the memo, "Fast and Fffft" was yesterday's conspiracy theory. Now the Neocons are supposed to be feigning indignation at President Obama's vacation in Hawaii and how it costs a Bajillion taxpayer dollars.
Paul Amirault December 18, 2012 at 09:51 PM
To answer your questions, Eastsider, melt them. 20 years no parole for possessing one.
RARE MARYLAND INDEPENDENT December 18, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Question for libbies. So, you are upset over the horrid tragedy that occurred here. Simply terrible. Little kids, babies getting killed. So, you want a gun ban for assault weapons. Ok by me. Yet, you libbies are ok with abortion, which is just as horrid as what just happened. You are ok with this on even a grander scale and are ok with taxapers funding this. Can you explain your position? Trying to understand the liberal mind - I mean the results here are the same, yet your positions are completely different.
RARE MARYLAND INDEPENDENT December 18, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Frank - I have asked the question. I believe it is a reasonable question. Could you respond to the question without the antics? Frank - even you were a Fetus a one time.
Corbin Dallas Multipass December 18, 2012 at 10:38 PM
"Yet, you libbies are ok with abortion, which is just as horrid as what just happened." "I mean the results here are the same, yet your positions are completely different." I think you need to explain your position that abortions and this tragedy are equivalent, because that is a substantial logical leap.
Honeygo Hal December 18, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Sanchez is a multi-thread topic changer - he pulled this on another active thread today. HHHMMMM - maybe this puts him in the same class as the occasional Coach Bag spammer that throws his ads onto every thread. I'll have to think about whether to click on the "flag as inappropriate" button - maybe there will be yet another suspension coming...
Honeygo Hal December 18, 2012 at 11:11 PM
I'm expecting Sanchez to come flying in with a cut & paste on "Fast & Terminated" any minute now. I thought this was about stopping gun violence - you folks will do anything to change the subject when your losing the argument, won't you. This is the "sooner or later" moment for gun control. Better get used to the idea.
1ke December 18, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Deep...very deep. Thousands of fetuses spontaneously abort daily. I guess. Do you have deep insight into wombs?
1ke December 18, 2012 at 11:20 PM
In some circles it is called a fixation and, by definition, it precludes growth.
RARE MARYLAND INDEPENDENT December 18, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Interesting. Responses by the "crew" are about as expected. You do follow the liberal playbook well. The responses I expected were: Jokes to undermine the poster. Check I don't understand the equivalent of govt. funded abortion (otherwise known as killing of unborn babies) to this tragedy. Check Sarcasm Check This was a horrible situation. But by the time it takes me to get to work and come home, I am sure 26 opportunites to live and experience life have been snuffed out. Not by a madman, but by a legal and approved procedure. And we as society have let this continue. If we look to ban these weapons, fine with me - but we as society must also take this time look at our actions and what we support. Money and things come and go -but our morals and values are our legacy.
jnrentz1 December 19, 2012 at 12:13 AM
One part of the issue being discussed is mental health. Hopefully the authorities will see to it that mental health treatment is raised to the same level as other physical health problems. If we allow mental health issues to be ignored, some for of these recent tragedies will occur again and again.
Honeygo Hal December 19, 2012 at 01:38 AM
RMI - Take your abortion arguments to an abortion thread. This one is about gun violence. It's better to keep the issues focused.
RARE MARYLAND INDEPENDENT December 19, 2012 at 02:05 AM
HH - so obviously you do know how these issues overlap. When the issues don't fit the agenda, you wish to exclude the topic - to never come up again. The faces of those killed bring tremendous sadness to all of us. But what about those faces of babies we will never go to see, and their killings are done out front for all to see? They never got a chance in life either. I don't understand how one can correctly feel deep sadness for these young children gunned down and not feel the same sadness for those who never had a chance to be born and do great things - and want to change both of those situations. We are actually PAYING doctors for these procedures. Both situations are morally the same. Question for you - how are they different? Please give specifics. How can you or anyone be horrified of these disgusting killings, but not be horrified of the killings routinely done during business hours and the industry that has been created?
Corbin Dallas Multipass December 19, 2012 at 02:16 AM
"I don't understand the equivalent of govt. funded abortion (otherwise known as killing of unborn babies) to this tragedy." I didn't insult you or use sarcasm. You wanted to know why someone might have different opinions since you equate them. I don't equate them, so I don't see anything logically inconsistent about having different opinions. How do you equate them? Do you equate euthanasia to this tragedy?
Brigitta Mullican December 19, 2012 at 02:24 AM
I hope this tread stops. It is so annoying. I want to know if I can reverse getting these comments. Please advise. Thanks! Merry Christmas and more positive comments in the new year.
Steve December 19, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Rupert Murdoch says the 2nd Amendment is obsolete. LOL Listen to all the Faux News watcher's heads explode. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2012/12/post-editorial-2nd-amendment-obsolete.html
Brigitta Mullican December 19, 2012 at 04:58 AM
I'm looking for the check box. Looks like I need to post first. Thanks for the tip. I need out of this thread.
Brigitta Mullican December 19, 2012 at 05:00 AM
Still can't see it . I saw it on my first post but now I don't see the option.
Colleen December 19, 2012 at 03:09 PM
It only takes one bullet to injure/kill an intruder or animal.........remove all weapons of mass destruction.......and please please get help for our mentally challenged humans which can be detected at a very young age by their parents!! Just my 2 cents......
Jeanne December 19, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Very well said Janis Wall.
Jeanne December 19, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Agree 100% SG from PH
Jeanne December 19, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Again well said SG from PH
Jeanne December 19, 2012 at 03:55 PM
We could ask our media to help by stop giving these people that commit crimes their 15 minutes of fame by having their picture on TV. I understand that the media reports on stories but they don't have to have the picture of the person showing that has done terrible things. The only exception would be if the police are looking for them then a picture is important but as soon as they are found drop the picture. Some situations this year have been copy cats so they can get their 15 minutes of fame.
Mary Vecellio December 25, 2012 at 12:02 AM
These beloved children and heroic adults who died in Connecticut at the hands of an idiot, are Martyrs and Martyrs ALWAYS go straight to heaven, thank God!

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