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  • Newtown.

    Charlotte Bacon, 6

    Daniel Barden, 7

    Olivia Engel, 6

    Josephine Gay, 7

    Ana Marquez-Greene, 6

    Dylan Hockley, 6

    Madeleine Hsu, 6

    Catherine Hubbard, 6

    Chase Kowalski, 7

    Jesse Lewis, 6

    James Mattioli, 6

    Grace McDonnell, 7

    Emilie Parker, 6

    Jack Pinto, 6

    Noah Pozner, 6

    Caroline Previdi, 6

    Jessica Rekos, 6

    Avielle Richman, 6

    Benjamin Wheeler, 6

    Allison Wyatt, 6

    Principal
    Dawn Hochsprung, 47

    Teachers
    Rachel Davino, 29
    Anne Marie Murphy, 52
    Lauren Rousseau, 30
    Victoria Soto, 27

    Gunman’s Mother
    Nancy Lanza, 52

    School Psychologist
    Mary Sherlach, 56

    The list is from the front page of today’s New York Times. I could have copied and pasted, but instead I typed them because I wanted to make myself reflect on each one, even if for a few seconds. Probably because I don’t know what to do with myself and feel helpless, but I don’t want it to just be a faceless mass of victims, something that happened elsewhere and isn’t part of my world.

    I want their names to matter more than that of the killer. Because there will be tons of information pouring out on him, and gory details about when he arrived and what he drove and wore and said to people. It will be lurid and take on the quality of some A&E crime-fetish program, and everyone absorbing those details will have some false sense of control because they know all the trivia. It will become a show. We can’t afford that.

    The only way to to make this anything more than senseless slaughter is for us to feel it, be hurt, and take action in the name of it. To call that politicizing means that you politicize it, when it’s nothing more than a sane response to horror that keeps happening. At the moment I think we should follow Australia’s example that has stopped mass shootings for them, but I’ll get into that further after today. My opinion will probably evolve, but I will never accept this as ‘the price of freedom’ or whatever nonsense gets trotted out to make the case for doing absolutely nothing.

    Of course we can change this. We ended slavery. We beat the Axis powers. We put people on the moon. There’s nothing this country can’t do once it starts going, but now is the time it has to happen.

    Comments

    Comment from chukw
    Time: December 18, 2012, 8:34 am

    Amen, brother- with you all the way on this.

    Comment from Mirko
    Time: December 20, 2012, 8:25 am

    this makes me cry…