Do They Know It’s Christmas: The Sandy Killing

By N Mark Castro

Twenty children and six adults have been killed in a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School  in Connecticut, USA.

Photos: School Shooting in Newtown, Conn.

The gunman, Adam Lanza, 20, shot his mother in the face, then left his house armed with at least two semi automatic handguns, a Glock and a Sig Sauer, and a semi automatic rifle. He was also wearing a bullet proof vest.

No one knew whether he was going to Afghanistan or the K-4 school.

DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS?

Evil, and not Santa, visited the community of Newtown, which was once named one of the safest places to live in America. Before this shooting, there had been one murder in a decade.

Yet after this incident, nothing and no one is safe anymore. The children that survived would forever be scarred. And according to reports, those children, aged between 5-10, that managed to hide in the closet were saying:

“I just want Christmas … I don’t want to die. I just want to have Christmas.”

Young children wait outside Sandy Hook Elementary School after a shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, this morningTEARS IN HEAVEN

What’s painful to accept is that this shooting occurred a few days before Christmas, when families would gather around to celebrate the birth of an unwanted child. Ironically, there was also a nationwide killing of babies as ordered by King Herod before the birth of Jesus. And right now, Sandy Hook Elementary School, which includes 450 students in grades K-4, would forever be changed by this horrific event.

The young children that died from the hands of Adam Lanza arrived in this world with hope and left it with fears and tears. Whether there is heaven or hell, they definitely would be in a better place than the one they found.

A boy weeps as he is told what happened after being picked up at Reed Intermediate School following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting

And no amount of comfort can assuage the pain of a grieving mother

A woman waits to hear about her sister, a teacher, following the tragic shooting this morning which has shocked the quiet suburban community

SUFFER THE CHILDREN

A tearful President Obama said there’s “not a parent in America who doesn’t feel the overwhelming grief that I do.”

The president had to pause to compose himself after saying these were “beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10.” As he continued with his statement, Obama wiped away tears from each eye.

He has ordered flags flown as half staff.

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President Obama addressed a stunned nation and openly wept as he spoke of the mindless shooting saying:

‘Our hearts are broken today.’

Obama struggled for words, pausing several times as he wiped away tears saying, ‘This evening, Michelle and I will…hug our children a little tighter, and we’ll tell them that we love them.’

Seldom has a head of state expressed greater public emotion in modern times.

WHAT’S GOING ON?

Of course, the accessibility of handguns in the US would be an easy target to blame for this. One can argue for that. But the “right to bear arms” is a guaranteed constitutional right in America that no president has managed to curb.

What we do know is:

Firearm homicides

  • Number of deaths: 11,493 annually

In the U.S. for 2010, there were 31,513 deaths from firearms, distributed as follows by mode of death: Suicide 19,308; Homicide 11,015; Accident 600. 

The U.S. has the highest rates of both firearm homicide and private firearm ownership. Compared to other developed countries, no one can come near the US when it came to firearm-related deaths.

Inasmuch as some proponents of the Right To Bear Arms have toned down their position on certain types of gun, there are still some militant lawmakers that are of the belief that citizens should be allowed access to automatic weapons.

It’s a contentious issue that will continue to divide America, but it’s an issue that they can no longer avoid.

And yet, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the richest men on the planet and mayor of New York City, said:

“We heard after Columbine that it was too soon to talk about gun laws. We heard it after Virginia Tech. After Tucson and Aurora and Oak Creek. And now we are hearing it again. For every day we wait, 34 more people are murdered with guns. Today, many of them were 5-year-olds,” Bloomberg said. “President Obama rightly sent his heartfelt condolences to the families in Newtown. But the country needs him to send a bill to Congress to fix this problem. Calling for ‘meaningful action’ is not enough. We need immediate action. We have heard all the rhetoric before. What we have not seen is leadership – not from the White House and not from Congress. That must end today. This is a national tragedy and it demands a national response. My deepest sympathies are with the families of all those affected, and my determination to stop this madness is stronger than ever.”

and even conservative Rupert Murdoch, FOX News president said:

Rupert Murdoch On CT Shooting: ‘When Will Politicians Find Courage To Ban Automatic Weapons?’

But the truth is, Thanks to Americans’ unwavering belief in the right to own firearms, enshrined in the second amendment, and the growing power of the gun lobby, led by the National Rifle Association, reform has effectively been off the agenda.

Remember the ten-year national ban on assault weapons that expired in 2004, Democrats who have wanted to push for its renewal have been scared off by the prospect of losing their seats, which they nonetheless did.

But gun control supporters emerged with unusual swiftness last night, staging a rally in front of the White House under the the rallying cry: “Today is the Day”, while Michael Bloomberg, the Mayor of New York, demanded that Washington break the familiar routine of shock and sympathy but no policy movement.

THE NUMBERS

Because as these children are lain to the grounds to their eternal sleep, what we do know about America’s educational system, once the bastion of enlightenment to the world, is that it can be deathly serious.

a6,000 AMMUNITION ROUNDS, two semi automatic handguns, a Glock and a Sig Sauer, and a semi automatic rifle. He was also wearing a bullet proof vest…

I think Gun Control isn’t the issue. It should be ammunition issue.

Raise each bullet to US$ 10,000 and I bet you there won’t be any innocent bystander anymore.

About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the chief political communications strategist for PT AsiaLeads, a political and communications policy-making body based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is also the Executive Director at the Southeast Asia Consulting Group, an investment advisory company assisting clients roll out their presence for the ASEAN Economic Integration in partnership with government. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

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