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School Shootings in America...Time to blame?

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Every year that passes, it appears that America is constantly going up in numbers for the deadliest school shootings. In fact, there have been so many over the past decade, that many people have shrugged it off as just another school shooting. But not today. Today, December 14th, 2012, a gunman allegedly identified as Adam Lanza, 20,  opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton Connecticut, killing more than two dozen people, including 20 elementary-aged children. The identified gunman was allegedly armed with four weapons and a bullet proof vest. He killed himself and his mother was also found dead. The details are extremely unclear as to what exactly occurred, but all that we need to know is that there needs to be a moment of silence and respect for the people who tragically lost their loved ones and the innocent children who lost their lives. There have been many people bringing up gun control issues and mental illness and are quickly beginning to forget about the individuals who are in shock by such a personal and national tragedy. Yes, those issues need to be handled, but for now, it may be better to give the victims the respect they deserve at a time that is so volatile, especially around the Christmas holidays.

There is no doubt that as the years go by, the terrorists that are within our country are quickly rising. One year after another, each of us continue to hear about the deadliest shooting and it seems to be getting out of control. The questions are also rising: should we bring this issue up to our children, and when is the right age to bring up such horrific tragedies of this world? Is it appropriate for a 5 year old to know about a gunman that opened fire at a school one day? These are questions that differ for every child and every circumstance. If a child has seen or witnessed a tragedy, obviously these issues have to come up. But when or if a parent needs to have these conversations with their young children is often a matter of the individual child (please view additional information for tips on talking to your children).

Whatever you choose to do, always remember to do things in your child's best interest. And please, let us all take a moment to tell our loved ones how much they mean to us, and hold a silent prayer of peace for the victims in this shooting.


Newtown is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 27,560 at the 2010 census. Newtown was founded in 1705 and incorporated in 1711.

Area:  59.1 sq miles (153.1 km²)

The Shooting in Newton CT



Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body (Matthew 10:28)."