Lessons from Sandy Hook Elementary

Sharing another’s opinion.

 

 

From Hamiliton Street

• Obama Administration Scrapped Gun Reforms Ahead of 2012 Election

The New York Times reports the Obama administration abandoned a series of gun control measures one year ago as the 2012 election approached and House Republicans pushed a probe of the gun sting “Operation Fast and Furious.” Drafted after the January 2011 shooting rampage in Tucson, Arizona, the Justice Department recommendations centered on improving and expanding the national background-check system to reduce access to weapons for criminals and the mentally ill. The list included several proposals that Obama could have enacted by Executive Order had he chosen to take action.

• Sunday: Obama Vows Action on Gun Violence at Newtown Vigil

The first of the funeral services for the Newtown victims begin today, with more to follow throughout the week. At a vigil for the victims Sunday night, President Obama vowed unspecified action to curb gun violence in the United States.

• Monday: White House begins pre-excuse for ‘No Action’ by President

Press Secretary Jay Carney said that gun violence in America was “a complex problem that will require a complex solution.”
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Remember All the Children, Mr. President

Remember the 20 children who died at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

Remember the 35 children who died in Gaza this month from Israeli bombardments.

Remember the 168 children who have been killed by US drone attacks in Pakistan since 2006.

Remember the 231 children killed in Afghanistan in the first 6 months of this year.

Remember the 400 other US children under age 15 who die from gunshot wounds each year.

Remember the 921 children killed by US air strikes against insurgents in Iraq.

Remember the 1,770 US children who die each year from child abuse and maltreatment.

Remember the 16,000 children who die each day around the world from hunger.

These tragedies must end.

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[ Lesson missed from Sandy Hook ].   Crocodile Tears from a Mass Murderer?
    
While progressive pundits rev up for another round of “Oh how awful it is” and dust off their well worn scripts for “When will we do something about guns?”  they all conveniently artfully dodge around the most salient point which they refuse to believe.
The mass murderer in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday is a carbon copy of the one they helped elect barely 6 weeks ago on Nov 6th.
While they will run around the Internet searching for “evidence” of why this 20-year old kid did it, they never ask the older known mass murderer of many more children why he does it.
While I despise the NRA™ for never becoming National Heros by advocating competent gun control — and I believe that every one of them shall burn in the hottest firepits of hell — to blame them as the cause for every mass shooting like this one is absurd.
Those guilty in this Republic sit in Congress and the White House.  Most especially, in the Oval Office.
This Nobel Peace Prize™ winner deserves an Academy Award™ for his starring acting role in yet another made for TV Soon-to-be-forgotten tragedy of the human spirit.  A week or two of Pundits puking Melancolia™ to help the Nation’s Bleeding Hearts™ wallow inDenial™, a couple of grandstanding Bills introduced in Congress — which will die an ignominious death in some obscure Committee’s dungeon — and it will be all over, a Pageant of Self-flagellation™ to be properly shelved for resurrection the next time.
Because there will be a next time, and a next time.  So long as EmpireIsUS™ reaches half-way around the Globe to blast innocent women and children with their own blood, which cannot be washed from our hands, as each and every one of us is made a participant in mass murder, whether we remain silent or speak out.
Every Excuse will be given its Supporting Role on stage:  it’s the violent culture of movies and TV shows . . . it’s caused by the closing of mental asylums . . .  it’s the easy availability of guns . . . it’s the negative aura of American politics today.
One which will not be even whispered is this:  huge profits are made from every aspect of mass murder.  From manufacture of guns, their sale and distribution.  From abundant salaries of NRA staff and expensive anti-gun control Lobbyists, including a continuous flow of bribes to elect the ‘right’ Congressmen and women.  From the zillions of words hacked out by tens of thousands of media sources, all preying on a soul-wounded America in order to sell more advertising, push more kid’s kill toys.
There is so much money to be made from Corporate Mass Murder™, why would any sane Capitalist ever seriously consider ending it?  Capitalism is built upon making the most money during the worst of tragedies, where profit motive will be noticed least: “Tragedy is our most helpful distraction for profit taking!”
It’s the grease that keeps cogs on Wall $treet™ turning.  Without conflict and tragedy,Wall $treet™ has no where to go but down.   Perpetual War™ is a blessing from Master Lucifer Himself.
Totally ineffective War on DrugsWar on Terror™, endless Wars in any uncooperative country which sits on ‘our’ Oil Reserves, are all essential smoke screens to hide the only purpose for every War fought by America in the 21st Century forward: Profit.
The American people elected another Warmonger-In-Chief, again, only because this Actor portrayed himself as less Evil than the other one.   MoneyPowers of the Invisible Empire™ got what they paid for: a well-rehearsed, broadly-smiling, voter-charming Mr. Step-N-Fetch-It.
And so we have another Actor President who can cry on cue, just as GwB cried when he met with families whose sons and daughters he murdered. But out of sight, stealthily in his pocket, this President’s finger is still on the trigger button which continues to launch endless numbers of Drones to murder more children, brown skinned as are his own.
By Executive Order Obama signed away your age-old legal protection under habeas corpus.  Now he is free to murder anyone, at will.  It’s only a matter of time until he launches Drones against Americans on American soil, taking down American children as collateral damage with his lethal toys.  Will they be your children?
Are his tears Crocodile part of his acting ability?
Or maybe, just maybe, did the stark reality of today’s World as he has built it, momentarily fly through his Sociopathic brain?
For one brief shining moment, through the corrected view of the World provided by tears in his eyes, he may have seen himself for what he really is.
In which case, his tears were for him.
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© 12/16/12  Gene Messick, wordsmith
Footnote: The author lived off-campus in a cheap student-ghetto apartment behind the Virginia Tech Stadium, a thousand yards from where a similar tragedy struck five (5) years ago on 16 April 2007.  Gene was away planning a Stained-glass Workshop at VT’sReynolds Homestead, where mass murderer, Tobacco Death Merchant™ R J Reynolds, was born.  The previous day, a nearby wind storm had felled trees across power lines leading to the rural facility, and all telephone and computer connections to the outside world were down.  Not until an employee leaving at 5:30 that afternoon turned on a car radio in the parking lot did they learn of what had happened that blackest day in Blacksburg.
 
          
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Back in his Studio, he fused and gave a memorial orange glass bowl to Va Tech.  Soon after, he moved to a different town, seldom to return to any VT campus.  In the window above his computer flies a faded paper origami bird, one of thousands that grieving volunteers folded and spread across the Campus Quad around which the killer ended the life of 32 people, with automatic weapons which have no other purpose but to kill.
 
 
Nothing changes, because nothing changes. ~ Gene
 
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Read the Article at NYTimes 12-15-12

James Barron: More details emerge in the nation’s second-deadliest school shooting, but officials offered no hint of what had motivated the shooter.
Gun Control Advocates Gather Near White House With Candles Watch Video
 
Mass Shootings: Maybe What We Need Is a Better Mental-Health Policy

NRA Cowards Go Into Hiding As Gun Control Support Surges 
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/12/17-0

 
A Culture That Condones the Killing Of Children And Teaches Children To Kill 
Lucinda Marshall: view/2012/12/15-3
“I remember how we played and explored when we were young; how we found fossils, and sometimes an arrowhead, and I think of all those little kids now dead in Connecticut who will no longer have the chance to make discoveries like those, never imagine, never explore, never be inspired, never get older.”  — Michael Winship, journalist with Bill Moyers. view/2012/12/17
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