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I've lived in Connecticut since 1966.  I was 16 when I moved here reluctantly after many other moves.  I've stayed despite the fact that this has to be one of the most damp and cold states.  It is also beautiful and filled with small towns where folks are familiar.

Twenty innocent children and at least 7 innocent adults were gunned down today.  THEY were gunned down.  Their families are stricken with a grief few of us here can know first hand.  THEIR FAMILIES are suffering today, tonight and forever.

Yes, today, yesterday, years ago is/was the time to discuss rational gun regulation.  But that won't happen because two extremes are fighting each other.  Also, today, yesterday and decades ago is/was the time to discuss the effects of poverty, poor education and mental health/illness.

We can choose to scream at and past each other or try to find the rational voices who will address the mass murders in this country:  one at a time or 27 at a time.  We are watching our children be slaughtered or slaughter while yammering in the wind.

The tightest gun laws in the world won't stop the violence if we ignore poverty, poor education and mental health/illness crises in this country.

I'm a registered gun owner in Connecticut.  This day is not about me and my weapons.  It is not about you and your not wanting anyone to have weapons.  It is about children and adults who didn't know they were going to die when they woke up this morning.  It is about mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers who didn't know they would lose a loved one when they ate breakfast.

Today is the day to think about how to manage the massive tentacles involved in murder -- slaughter.  One tentacle is a gun.

Peace and blessings for the innocents who were mercilessly gunned down today in my beloved State.  Peace and blessings for their families and friends.  Peace and blessings for all children and teachers who are at risk every day.  

My god.  Peace and blessings for all who endure this dark, dark day.

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