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  •  It was first-graders blown to bits... (9+ / 0-)

    ...hit multiple times, like 5-10 times each, with a high-powered rifle, making many of them unrecognizable.

    So no, this isn't about "white privilege." It was about a whole bunch of little children being torn to pieces right before Christmas.

    Murders of high-school students and killings of adults in ones and twos do not hold the same horror as the mass murders of small children.

    Twelve people were killed and 59 wounded in the Aurora movie theater. They were mostly white, too. And as horrifying as it was, it did not have the effect that killing small children did.

    Thirty-two people were murdered at Virginia Tech. That didn't cause the same outcry. That didn't bring a president to tears.

    So no, Sandy Hook does not have to be viewed through the lens of "white privilege" and I find this diary appalling.

    •  Additionally, the myth that our children or anyone (1+ / 0-)
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      in our society is safe has been shattered.  If someone can use a machine gun to blast his way into a locked school and kill so many, so young, so easily, then no one is safe anywhere.  That's why this story hits a nerve.

      •  Do you know any six- or seven-year-olds? (0+ / 0-)

        I agree with you about the shattering of that myth, but do you know any six- or seven-year-olds?

        Children that age (and younger) are so perfect, so innocent, so loving, so open-hearted and so trusting -- some of them still believe in Santa Claus.

        I have a child the same age as the children whose bullet-ridden bodies lay in that classroom. I know what those victims were like and what their parents lost.

        •  I know 6 & 7 yr. olds, I have an 11 yr. old and a (2+ / 0-)
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          20 yr. old daughter with autism and intellectual disability.  My 11 yr. old had to sleep with me for 3 nights before she could fall asleep alone again.  She shouldn't have to know that something like what happened in Newtown could happen to her because she goes to school.  My 20 yr. old doesn't communicate well and is the most trusting soul I know.  Every time I allow her out the door I hold my breath and pray that she is safe.  School was one of the places I felt she was safe when she wasn't in my sight.  

          I live in CT.  My trust and any illusion that my kids are safe has been shattered.  A few days after the shooting 4 fire trucks and an ambulance raced by my house with lights and sirens on.  I had to talk myself down from thinking the worst.

          No innocent life should be so brutally extinguished.  The ripple effects from this tragedy are enormous and long lasting.  

          We are experiencing home grown terrorism in this country and we are destroying ourselves from within.  Americans need to take a good long look in the mirror and make some big changes.

          You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

          by Foundmyvoice on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 08:50:39 AM PST

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          •  Great comment. I feel for you. (0+ / 0-)

            We were able to keep this away from our seven-year old. It must be very difficult to be so close to the scene.

            •  It is. Living in a very Blue CT, I mistakenly (1+ / 0-)
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              felt safer due to the laws on the books.  When tragedies like this happen, it shakes your whole worldview about the things you trust or tade for granted.

              I'm glad your 7 yr old can hold onto childhood and innocence a little longer.

              We have to make every day count and show those we love how much they mean to us.

              Thanks for the conversation.

              You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

              by Foundmyvoice on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 10:15:30 AM PST

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    •  while I don't doubt your emotion, and share it: (1+ / 0-)
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      So no, Sandy Hook does not have to be viewed through the lens of "white privilege" and I find this diary appalling.
      what does "have to" mean in this context?  it strikes me that you're fortunate not to "have to" view ANYTHING through the prism of race, and American white privilege, especially. (I'm taking an educated guess here, assuming that your handle actually has some meaning)

      This comment is dedicated to my mellow Adept2U and his Uncle Marcus

      by mallyroyal on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 11:15:12 AM PST

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