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So began Lawrence O'Donnell on his show this evening.
I hate to disagree with you, Mr. O'Donnell, but that is simply not true.

There is a special burden that people of color bear. Even while we grieve just as intensely as our fellow citizens at each life lost in Newtown, we are all too aware of the stories that are not being told. We are acutely aware of those whose grief have been ignored. Whose cries for justice and protection fall on deaf ears.

Even as national attention rightly focuses on the grieving parents of Newtown, in nearby Bridgeport - CT largest city - there have been twenty murders of mostly children and young people. All of them people of color, black and brown.
The state capital - Hartford - had 30 violent deaths the vast majority of them by shooting.
New Haven had nineteen untimely deaths. Ninety-nine percent from guns.
Waterbury five and Stamford three.

To be sure, CT is not a friend of the NRA. They do not like us here and we do not particularly care for them.
From Connecticut Against Gun Violence:

We are:

One of only seven states with an assault weapons ban.

One of only seven with a requirement to report lost or stolen weapons.

One of only two states that gives law enforcement the discretion to remove a gun in a Domestic Violence situation.

One of only two states with a "suitability" requirement that gives the local police chief the authority to deny a permit to carry guns in public based on the determination of the "suitability" of the applicant. The gun lobby aggressively tried to overturn this statute this year but we were able to successfully defend it in the most bitter and contested legislative battle we've had in five years.

Among the few states who have closed the gun show loophole.

One of the states where the NRA has dared not come with a "Stand Your Ground" Law like the one first passed in Florida in 2005 that has been at the center of the Trayvon Martin controversy (and since moved to more than twenty other states in one form or another).

So yes, let us mourn for the loss of innocence in Newtown. Let us remember mothers and fathers of those taken from us far too soon.
But please, spare a thought for those who have been suffering in silence over this past  year, the voiceless mothers and fathers of CT's forgotten cities. Those who, having lost their sons and (at least in one case a)  daughter, have to suffer the added pain of seeing "gang related" attached to the reports of their deaths.
Do not add to their pain, Mr. O'Donnell.

Originally posted to JoanMar on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 07:54 PM PST.

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