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  •  It's absolutely unfathomable (2+ / 0-)
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    that we have done almost nothing. I looked at the faces of my three little cousins, all in first grade, at Thanksgiving and saw in them the children that would be forever absent in Newtown. I picture those children setting off to school to make ginger bread houses, and getting shot down. I seethe with anger at the realization that we have failed them. That we have broken the many promises that we made to them and their grieving town. 20 children slaughtered, and even that wasn't enough to make us change. I don't get angry much, but when I think about each of those children... a slow boiling rage rises in me and creates a firm resolve to do everything I can to bring about change. Maybe not nationally. Maybe not for years. Maybe I will fail entirely, but I will keep trying for the rest of my life.

    One of the little things I do is send my Senator an email on each of their birthdays just to make it clear we won't forget them and we will hold people accountable for inaction. Yesterday (Dec. 11) was Josephine's. She would have been 8. This is the second birthday party she will have missed, because her 7th birthday party was planned for the weekend after she and so many of her friends were murdered. We must never forget.

    •  It is essential, albeit painful, to remember (1+ / 0-)
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      the lives of these young children, cut short for no good reason whatsoever. Thanks for your efforts to push for change in their names.

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      by peregrine kate on Thu Dec 12, 2013 at 08:30:24 AM PST

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    •  I don't know who your senators are (6+ / 0-)

      but too many are willing to ignore the wishes of 90% of their constituents to serve the only one that seems to matter: Wayne "La Lunatic" LaPierre and the NRA.

      These 20 are just part of the ongoing slaughter and many other children (and adults) dead. None are more or less worthy. They're all part of a shameful death toll.

      I am happy to say my congresswoman feels so strongly about the need for gun control that she once voted against a bill on campaign finance transparency — another issue she's a huge advocate of — because it contained a carve-out that would have exclusively benefited the NRA.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

      by anastasia p on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 04:28:19 PM PST

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      •  Unfortunately, I can't say the same (1+ / 0-)
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        about my Senator. The one I email on the Newtown victims' birthdays doesn't really listen to her constituents. She seems to be banking on people forgetting by the time she's up for reelection. The most I can really say for her on this issue is that she let the vote for a new ATF director go forward. Not exactly a profile in courage, but there is still a very slim chance of getting her support (or her lack of opposition as the case may be) on at least some things.

        We have gotten far too used to gun violence in this country. Tens of thousands of victims every year. Daniel Barden. Hadiya Pendleton. Michael Chiapperini. Trayvon Martin. Blair Holt. Claire Davis. Sean Collier. There are too many names. Each death will reverberate in the lives of the victims' families and in their communities for many years to come. Each gunshot leaves an indelible mark on those who witness it and those who have to live with the aftermath. Each toll is not always equally recognized, and certainly not in the media, but each is equally important.

        (Sorry for the long delay in a response. I'm new here and I'm still getting used to things so I didn't notice your response.)

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