Skip to comments.Day of Remembrance Marks 6 Months Since Sandy Hook Shooting
Posted on 06/14/2013 8:28:44 AM PDT by Puppage
Six months ago today, 20 elementary school students and six educators were killed in a shooting at an elementary school in the close-knit Sandy Hook community in Newtown, Conn.
Victims families and community members paused for a moment of silence just after 9:30 a.m. then spoke of remembrance and change.
"We know all, of the sudden, these kids where learning in their classroom and their lives were taken within minutes," said Jillian Soto, the sister of Newtown shooting victim Victoria Soto. "I wish that I can be half the woman that she was because she was amazing."
Victorias sister Carlee Soto said they are not forgetting loved ones and don't want anyone else to either.
Throughout the day, the names of more than 6,000 people killed by a firearm in the United States since the tragedy at Sandy Hook will be read outside of town hall in Newtown.
Between the reading of the names, some are renewing calls to pass legislation expanding background checks for gun purchases.
Steven Barton, a Southbury resident who was shot in the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., was among those speaking at the ceremony.
"Newtown has seen unspeakable tragedy, but just looking out on you, it's clear that you're stronger than ever before," Barton said.
In addition to the ceremony, Mayors Against Illegal Guns will launch a multi-state tour from Newtown on Friday called No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence.
The tour will stop in 25 states over 100 days to rally for similar gun violence prevention efforts to representatives in Washington.
"Since Newtown, 5,000 people have been murdered with guns. Just that alone is disgusting and we want Congress to realize that this I a huge problem that needs to be addressed," Carlee Soto said.
U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty released a statement on Friday, saying her thoughts are with the Newtown families.
As we mourn the 26 innocent lives lost on that darkest of days, we also celebrate the strength, courage, and resilience of the Newtown community. These families and this town, who have been through so much, have inspired the country, Esty said. The country is inspired by the mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters who, through immeasurable tragedy and adversity, have never given up their mission to save other families and other communities from experiencing the same loss. The country is inspired by a small town with tremendous courage a community that has stepped up to advocate for gun violence prevention.
The remembrance event will continue until 9:30 p.m.
Steven Barton, a Southbury resident who was shot in the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., was among those speaking at the ceremony
What...Gabby Giffords unavailable?
In addition to the ceremony, Mayors Against Illegal Guns will launch a multi-state tour from Newtown on Friday called No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence
This wasn't a remembrance, this was a campaign stop. DISGUSTING.
Why limit it to the time since Sandy Hook?
Why not go back to, say, Ruby Ridge? Or Waco? Or Wounded Knee?
> This wasn’t a remembrance, this was a campaign stop. DISGUSTING.
Too bad there weren’t any armed GOOD guys in that school.
If the key of E is the people’s key,
Then what is the key of the Bourgeoisie?
Armed Security for me,
Gun free zones for thee,
It’s time for the tree of Liberty.
Westbrook...as in CT?
In my opinion, public services â aside from memorial Masses or church services â commemorating horrors such at Newtown should be brief, restrained, apolitical, and at these intervals: one year later, five years later, ten years later, 25 years later, 50 years, 100, etc. If families and friends of the people murdered at Newtown want to go to Mass and pray for the victims every single day for the rest of their lives, I say, good for them. But a public ceremony at merely the six month mark? Too soon.
I am surprised they waited this long.
Every 6 months, then every year.
Notice what events the left NEVER lets you forget.
Notice what they want you to forget.
Most people are pretty much fed up with Newtown and want it and the media whores to go away.
> Westbrook...as in CT?
Did I miss something?? When was the Day of Rememberance for the Ft Hood terrorist att... I mean, “act of workplace violence”?
Fact: Even in crimes where the offender possessed a gun during the commission of the crime, 83% did not use or threaten to use the gun.
Fact: Fewer than 1% of firearms will ever be used in the commission of a crime.
Fact: Two-thirds of the people who die each year from gunfire are criminals being shot by other criminals.
Fact: 94.4% of gang murders are committed with guns. Gangs are responsible for between 48% and 90% of all violent crimes.
Number of firearms in America: Between 223,000,000 and 290,000,000
Number of firearm owning households: At least 50,600,000
Projected firearm owning households in America: 85 million
Number of guns used in crimes: 450,000
Percentage of guns used in crimes: 0.09%
That's an excellent question!
Thought out people get it, this is just Politics.
O has recently stated he is getting the gun ban issue back on track.
And O how democrats love Dancing on the little bodies of dead children, especially if their idiot followers provide political dividends for doing so.
Guns were not the cause of the Sandy Hook school shooting, school bullying was the cause, or at least the shooters, excuse.
Adam Lanza was diagnosed at the age of six with a little understood disability, called Sensory Processing disorder. The disorder is best described as the opposite of ADHD. Instead of stimuli not reaching the brain, as in ADHD, SPD causes too many stimuli to reach the brain, all at the same time, overwhelming the child. In the early days, following the discovery of the disorder, doctors prescribed the same drugs that they used for ADHD, which was exactly the wrong thing to do. Amphetamines simply set the kids off into uncontrollable behavior.
Most of us, who have had children in public schools, have seen kids with SPD, they are the ones who got up and ran home in the middle of class, or freaked out and climbed the baseball backstop and refused to come down, or jumped across all the lunch tables, as the teacher pulled her hair out in distress. Sometimes these kids were not allowed to attend school full time after 6th grade.
Anyway, Adam Lanza had this disability and the kids at the Sandy Hook elementary treated him very badly, so badly that Adam Lanza never got over the pain. He blamed everyone, including the teachers and administrators at the school and plotted his revenge for three years, revenge, not against individuals, but against the community, centered at the place to which Adam Lanza saw as the beginning of his pain.
If guns were not available, Adam Lanza would have used something else, perhaps a homemade bomb. He would not have let a lack of access to guns stop him from his mission.
Howl ong has it been since ruby ridge, or waco texas?
How long since the Fort Hood shooting?
[[Throughout the day, the names of more than 6,000 people killed by a firearm in the United States since the tragedy at Sandy Hook will be read outside of town hall in Newtown.]]
And how many of thsoe suppsoed deaths by guns were caused by the victim NOT havign a gun to protect themselves? How many drunk drivers caused deaths o nthe roads? How many VIOLENT CRIMINAL illegal aliens were the shotoers?
Inquiring minds want to know- But of course they will be reasding the names to peopel who can’t think past “Guns bad’ man evil’ must ban guns’
[[Thought out people get it, this is just Politics.]]
Dangerosu politics- politics that WILL succeed in disarming laW abidign citizens makign them easy marks for armed criminals-
your dead child does not give you the right or the moral authority to take away my rights and ability to defend myself, my family, and my neighbors.
Exactly. They still have hate orgies at Kent State every year, even though it's been over 40 years since the riots.
So when are we going to have a “Day of Remembrance” for the 20-something children who died in the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma because their school bureaucrats had better things to do with their money than install a “safe room” for them to take shelter in when the twister hit their school?
Where is the outcry for “no more needless storm deaths!”?
Will the bereaved Parents be flown to DC on the tax payers dime to lobby for federal money for storm shelters for children?
Will they be trucked around the country on endless campaign tours?
Are we going to have an annual national OK Storm victims memorial like we are probably going to have the “Sandy Hook Memorial Day” right after Black History Week (or is it a month now?) in perpetuity?
Will CBS et al. still be banging the drum for such storm protection on national TV 6 months or a year from the tragedy?
And now the latest zombie killer who after murdering his family in californica went right to the closest gun free killing zone - a university library - with his CA illegal AR he’d built from online ordered parts (he had failed a background check previously) to murder some more until the Police stopped him.
Shows you how effective “Gun control” laws work - but don’t expect to hear much more about that.
Did you notice that the CA killer had (don’t know if he used it) a replica cap and ball civil war era Remington revolver?
Now the politicians will want to outlaw those too- if they arent’t already verbotten in CA..
In some places they will throw you in jail for having a cap gun or a sling shot.
How are the crime statistics in those gulags?
Apparently twisters can kill as many innocent, unprotected school kids as they want; no political agenda to advance here; let’s just move along now...