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  •  Was thinking the same thing (13+ / 0-)

    Victims of all the other mass shootings, their friends and families, including those of children killed in towns and cities in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, and Pennsylvania all probably wondering why the slayings of their loved ones didn't instigate this type of action.  

    Anyone remember the Amish schoolchildren murdered in cold blood in their own school house?  I do, because I live in Lancaster County, PA.  But I suppose neither that, nor the attempted murder of a congresswoman in Arizona, among the thousands of other incidents, were enough warrant an immediate and sustained call for new gun regulations.  It actually took the killings of 20 children at one time before we finally get this, or even the type of sustained coverage that we've had on DK, to be fair.

    •  Critical Mass (16+ / 0-)

      Hello red rabbit,

      You wrote:"Victims of all the other mass shootings...[are] all probably wondering why the slayings of their loved ones didn't instigate this type of action."

      History works that way quite frequently.  Look at the recent events in India.  Women have been raped their for a very long time but it took just one rape/murder to ignite a nationwide furor.  Black men had been murdered through the South for decades but when Emmitt Till was killed in 1955 to set of a national reaction that changed everything.

      This was just the straw that broke the camel's back

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        just frustrated in general that it actually took this level of atrocity before anything changed, wasn't blaming anyone in particular.  
        You would have thought that the attempted murder of a fellow congressperson would have caused them to at least consider new measures, but I don't even remember them doing that after the Giffords shooting and the killing of others, including I think one young girl.  I hold the President responsible for the inaction as well.  He claims he was dealing with other crises, but we expect the most from our leaders.  

        •  Now, if it had been a Republican Congresscritter (0+ / 0-)

          shot by a Muslim and/or brown person, that might have been different.  But probably not.  "Tragic loss, but, hey, Freedom!"

          Hey Teaparty! 4 more years of MuslimKenyanSocialism!

          by filby on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 12:16:59 PM PST

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    •  That shooting at the Amish school (3+ / 0-)

      still haunts me -- I literally have had nightmares about that one. I don't know how any parent stands to lose a child, much less to violence, and even less to the kind of cruelty those girls were subjected to.

      Of course that should have inspired the kind of reaction we're seeing now, and all the other gun murders should have too. I'm just so glad and relieved that we're finally seeing action.

      "So keep fighting for freedom and justice, beloveds..." -- Molly Ivins

      by goheelsgodems on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 12:49:57 PM PST

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    •  Combination of ages and numbers (1+ / 0-)
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      Most mass shootings have been older people - even though in many cases they've been children, they were, by & large, older children (teens) who people are conditioned to think of as less innocent. This many very young children just struck people in a way that doesn't happen with older children, nor with onesie-twosie inner city violence.

      It sucks that it took something like this to shake the country out of its arms stupor. The families who have lost their loved ones over the intervening years have every right to be frustrated, sad, enraged, etc. by the injustice of their losses being socially ignored, but I bet many are relieved that action is finally happening.

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