Connecticut, Grief and Guns

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John Liming reflects on the Connecticut school shootings.


I have thought and thought about the horrible tragedy that transpired in Connecticut today!

I have thought and I have felt a cold sensation in the pit of my stomach and I have shed some fairly hot tears thinking of the absolute senselessness of what happened there today.

I have felt a sense of helplessness and I wish there was something I could say or do that might be of some comfort to someone who suffered loss in this awful tragedy today – but like a lot of other people – I am at a loss because there are no words that can possibly be of any help or comfort in a situation like the one I am talking about.

The Connecticut school shooting that took the lives of 20 innocent young children and a number of adults today – what the hell can anyone say except “Oh God! Oh God! Why?”

The question now becomes (in my mind anyway), “So what is going to happen now?  Will someone get serious about taking some kind of action to insure that this kind of evil never happens again?”

I fear I already know the answer even before I ask the question.

I fear that the answer is “Nothing will happen.”

I think there will be a lot of discussion but in the end I think that until Big Money and the Gun Lobbies can be stopped from controlling the national conversation, Americans will probably be subjected to the possibility of having to endure more and more of this kind of unspeakable horror as time goes on.

I believe it will take a populist movement of quite some intensity to begin to address these kind of issues but I have never been much heartened about that kind of possibility because this is not the first such event of this kind that we have witnessed and – nothing much of any consequence has ever happened yet.

One can pray and one can hope that America will see this horror for what it is and start to awaken to the possibility that it can at least be controlled to some degree with appropriate controls.

But I think that will be a long, expensive and protracted battle and it will be an emotional battle. It will no doubt be a hotly contested issue with a lot of contention and screaming and accusing, a lot of foot-shuffling, stonewalling and attacking back and forth across the political aisles.

But I think that for the sake of our future generations it is probably a battle worth taking on through the hope of some kind of legislative action that favors human life over profits from the sale of firearms.

I must leave the resolution of this question to the experts and to the politicians.

In the meantime, my heart goes out to those who suffered terrible loss in the tragic events of this day and I pray that God somehow is able to comfort their souls in their unspeakably anguished moments of loss and grief.


John Liming publishes Blue Heart Chronicles.

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35 thoughts on “Connecticut, Grief and Guns

  1. I agree with you Mario. I also feel that nothing will be done. I wrote about this too and I have a suggestion: control the bullets. Bullets are not part of the second amendment which is what all gun owners claim they are entitled to. Perhaps if we control and charge an outrageous price for each bullet, things will change. After all, what they say is up to a point true: Guns don’t kill people. What they fail to mention is that bullets do.

    Great blog, I’ve been following it for a while now.

  2. I am feeling unbearable pain, frustration, anguish, suffering, and grief. There are many more questions than answers. Every tragic event of this kind has its own unique circumstances that can’t be foreseen. I am at a total loss. Is there even ANY solution?????

  3. Sorry, but I just do not understand people praying to god for solace and comfort when these situations occur.
    I know it’s a help to them but it makes no sense to me.

    If there is a god, why did he/she/it let this happen in the first place.

    The folks who thank god for saving their children are, in my view, suggesting this god they are praisng for some reason didn’t choose to save the 20 who were gunned down. That seems mean & cruel to those who lost their family members.

    This should be a discussion about guns but this part of the equation always seems to go unnoticed. It’s just a mystery to me how people’s mind’s wrap themselves in a way this makes sense.

    It’s a terrible tragedy and something must be done. But in my view flocking to churches isn’t any type of solution. If anything, it lessens the anger and soft peddles viable action against crazies with weapons.

  4. Dear Anonymous:

    You said “…I know it’s a help to them…”

    and that, my friend is the very answer you seem to be seeking by the questions you are asking – – – they seek solace from God because . . . it is a help to them.”

  5. This tragedy is beyond words. Am sorry that the media is sensationalizing it. We live in a Davy Crockett gun culture …unregulated.

  6. Dear Rich:

    If “Sensationalizing” this horrible thing will bring it info focus enough and focus enough public attention on it to start the ball rolling toward getting something done about it, then I say . . . “Sensationalize away!”

  7. I agree, John — we all grieve differently. Oftentimes a couple who has lost a child end up divorcing because they can’t seem to find that common place for solace, but go their separate ways. Its an individual process — and comes down to whatever brings personal comfort.

  8. So it turns out the REAL “Trickle-Down” isn’t prosperity—it’s blood. Seriously.
    Political Donors get to call the shots, and we saw the results in Connecticut yesterday. The lack of Gun Control, the lack of Mental Health Care…
    From now on into the future, the NRA and the ReTHUGliscum Party need to be unbreakably tied to the DEATHS of CHILDREN at the hands of untreated MENTALLY-ILL People with GUNS.

  9. For the greedy NRA , the “holy” second amendment requires the daily blood of Americans. What kind of civilization have we become? And we have the balls to criticize other nations?


  11. The convoluted use of the president’s name as in such manifestations as “OBUMMER” is archtypical of the way it is used by Internet Trolls to stir up emotions among readers. Of course I am sure that stirring up an emotional response was not the intent in this particular case, right?

  12. Has OBUMMER done anything he ran on in ’08?? He is worse than the SHRUB- NDAA, GITMO, LIBYA, SYRIA, DRONES MURDERING WOMEN AND CHILDREN. JUST another WAR CRIMINAL.

  13. People like BANYAI sure don’t have solutions but come back with more vitriol and less intelligent conversation. It takes an unemotional ignoramus to ignite more fiery comments in this situation than to soothe the feelings America is going through. Enjoy the cave that you live in. Hope the snakes find you too.

    It is not necessary for any individual to have automatic firing guns or rifles for home protection or in hunt expeditions. You don’t need to cut up,bombard and pierce a deer to put him down. The challenge is to adroitly and with mercy shoot him with one bullet. You are not a deer hunter if you take the easy way. So why are these automatic rifles available other than in war situations ? If the crazy bastards out there want to go on a killing spree,let them go with a gun or a rifle that will limit the deaths behind the mindless shitheads.Give time for the police to get there so they can gun him down like the rat that he/she is.

    If the NRA and Republicans want to accept the human collateral damage that guns and rifles can create then they can wear this on their own. But if they want more human collateral damage from rapid fired machines,then they will own it in the future because times are getting harder and the potential for worse is near.

    The problem will not be solved with more guns in schools. Control access to automated machines seems to be more positive.

  14. The second amendment is not about hunting.
    I guess you missed the story about the Chinese guy killing all those kids with a knife.
    PS- I LIKE SNAKES. I hand feed the deer and play with the honey bees.

  15. Stevie…how old are you? 12?
    The Chinese children were not killed. They are all alive and with their families.
    Why don’t you shut that smart mouth of yours? After all Santa is coming.

  16. Oh…so your mommy already told you that all that you have been told about Santa isn’t real? Why don’t you give your mommy a call so she can tell you that all the other crazy things you believe in especially about our President…..aren’t real either.

  17. What part of ‘WAR CRIMINAL’ don’t you understand? OBUMMER failed in his duty to prosecute W, THE DICK and CRONIES for all their admitted crimes under the GENEVA CONVENTION. Destroying the BILL OF RIGHTS is TREASON. Ask your mommy about NDAA.

  18. It is always a pleasure to read a poorly written comment, such as Stevie offers, to confirm my opinion of the mental capacity of right wing trolls. Please write some more of your amusing drivel Mr Troll, then you can go back to your mothers basement for some well deserved rest or head to the nearest bridge to wait for a billy goat.

  19. No one that knows me would say i was right wing. You attack me because you do not like my opinion. I must admit- ‘head to the nearest bridge to wait for a billy goat’ has me stumped.

  20. Well Stevie….I think you stepped over the line. You call our President a criminal while you threaten to shoot eyeballs out?
    I think it’s time for you and your Glocks and your shotguns and your wish to blow bodies to bits, to be banned, you have nothing to offer here.

  21. Forget about trolls for a while and read this. There is a lot of truth in this comment;

    Morgan Freeman’s brilliant take on what happened yesterday :

    “You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here’s why.

    It’s because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single *victim* of Columbine? Disturbed
    people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he’ll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.

    CNN’s article says that if the body count “holds up”, this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer’s face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer’s identity? None that I’ve seen yet. Because they don’t sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you’ve just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.

    You can help by forgetting you ever read this man’s name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem. You can help by turning off the news.”

  22. AGREED. The first thing RONNIE RAYGUNS did was empty the mental health facilities. [what really made me hate him is his statement about redwoods- YOU SEEN ONE, YOU SEEN THEM ALL.] TRUE REPUG- you are on your own… unless you are a corporate donor.

  23. So Banayi,you want America to forgive those Pakistan-backed terrorists that attacked New York on 9/11 and killed over 3000 innocent lives! You want America to forgive Pakistan for harboring and giving free flow of terrorists to Afghanistan so they can kill american soldiers! You want America to forgive terrorists that use women and children as human shields so they can kill Americans trying to provide freedom to Afghanis and IRAQis! You want the Taliban to continue beating up on women and children because of their SHARIA laws !

    You have to realize that there is a price to pay when a terrorist decides that every reason is good to destroy America. Terrorists will cater to the likes of you so they can kill children with disregard to human decency because their cause is as fervent as yours. Terrorists bring in women and the young in their reunions so we will be merciful and they can continue to plot against America.

    You have no audience here. No ideology here. Freedom is the name of the game and people over in the middle east are fed up with Emirs standing guard on billion of dollars and the people living a nomadic poor existence. Terrorists don’t want to wear a war uniform that is standard under international law,then we will find these cowards wherever they are and deal with them anywhere they hide to plot the murder of America.The middle east love the freedom that America has and they will fight for it despite the ranting that comes out of the International Clearing House.

  24. Charlie Sommers,

    The quote you post IS NOT from Morgan Freeman according to Snopes. Just wanted to let you know, it is going around and fooling lots of people. I think Snopes is a great resource to check daily to avoid being fooled by these fake claims.

  25. Thanks Tim, I am greatly chagrined because I normally check things that seem the least bit doubtful with snopes. I was caught up in the excitement of the moment and believed what a friend posted on Facebook without challenging it. Whoever said it was certainly close to the truth though, too bad they couldn’t have just taken credit for the statement them self rather than trying to attribute it to a famous person.

  26. I think this time this is not going to be swept under the media rug. The petition on the site has as of last count over 133,xxx votes. The polls being taken indicate there has been a radical shift in opinion favoring safety restrictions and gun regulation of automatic weapons and high capacity clips.

    People have shown up at gun buy back sites all over the country in increased numbers.

    And now the President has made a call to action.

    I think NOW IS THE TIME for this discussion and the public is in agreement.

    NRA is not going to get the backing this time, I hope.

  27. I’m sorry guys but I’ve been away from my pc or even the news lately. I have been grieving, as I know many of us are. This kind of thing just rips at the corners of one’s soul.

    I agree, nothing will get done. Someone will introduce legislation and it will go nowhere. The NRA is a very powerful lobbyist in Washington and they’ll put all that power forward to stop anything that would diminish their ability to saturate our whole society with more guns.

  28. I think things will change, at least as far as semi-automatic type weapons are concerned. The gun lobbies are powerful but not all powerful. I think a nice vote on semi-automatic weapons is in order. There were stronger restrictions on semi-automatic weapons in the past, and we can bring back those restrictions.

    People understand that when it comes to gun rights, the gun lobbies over-react with their own special brand of paranoia. They try to say that people who worry about massacres are paranoid, buy the only reason you would own a semi-automatic is if you suffer from paranoid fantasies, The only reason to own a semi-automatic is if you truly believe that at some point you could need to wipe out a mutant army. Those kinds of people should learn to enjoy paintball instead. Paintball is much more wholesome and could help them work through their uncomfortable thoughts and learn social behavior, but i digress.

    Don’t be a pessimist. The gun lobbies can and will be controlled, I feel that maybe the people who say it’s not possible to change things, need to consider if they have been brainwashed on accident. Let’s just work to get a vote on this. We have done harder things before.

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