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View Diary: Newtown? Sandy Hook? Call it 12/14 (141 comments)

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  •  The number reduces the tragedy (5+ / 0-)

    Many have already posted this opinion and I have to add my voice to theirs.  I always thought that reducing the terrorist attacks to '9/11' allowed the minimization and even fetishization of that date.  9/11 became a meaningless rallying cry that justified any and all actions and thus lost any and all connection to either the perpetrators or the victims.

    In addition, tragedies occur regularly.  Some are manmade (this shooting), some are natural (1908 San Francisco Earthquake), and some are a combination (Hurricane Katrina).  

    Are we only to acknowledge the latest tragedy that occurred on December 14?  In 1965 a hurricane in Pakistan killed an estimated 10,000 people.  Is that a greater or lesser tragedy?  In 2010 a fire at a garment factory in Bangladesh killed 29 people.  Should their deaths be ignored in favor of these children?

    Of course you don't intend any of this, but the result is the same.  I offer weak solutions that you have already rejected but something other than the date should be used.

    "The day 28 people were murdered at a school in Connecticut"

    "28 Dead"

    "Murder of 28"

    "28 Sacrifices to the Gun"

    "Tears for 28"

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