Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting, One Year Later [Updated 12/14/2013]

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“He will give: beauty for ashes; joy instead of mourning; praise instead of heaviness.” – Isaiah 61:3

One year after the Sandy Hook Elementary school tragedy, the country marks it’s one year anniversary with somber remembrance. On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza, 20, shot his way into the school he had once attended and murdered 20 first-graders, all aged 6 and 7, and six adults. Before heading to the school, he killed his mother in her bed, who had legally purchased the guns Lanza used that day (Edith Honan).

Edith Honan of Reuters reported the following:

Newtown officials say the town wanted to be left alone on the anniversary. Some of the victims’ families have encouraged those moved by the shooting to mark the day by performing an act of kindness in their own communities.

At the White House, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama observed a moment of silence and lit 26 candles to honor those lost at the school.

In Newtown, at the Washington National Cathedral in the nation’s capitol and elsewhere around round the country, bells rang in remembrance of those killed.

Some of them were rung by advocates of stricter gun control who see Newtown as a rallying call for action and refuse to let up despite setbacks. The group Mayors Against Illegal Guns says there have been 28 school shootings since Newtown.

A year after Newtown there still has not been federal legislation enacted that would help prevent future tragedies like this from happening. Legislation that would have required background screenings for all gun purchases and mental health assistance died in Congress and since Newtown half the states have soften gun laws making it easier to buy and receive a gun license than it is to vote. Shame on us for not acting in the memory of those lost at Sandy Hook a year ago today.

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First and foremost, I send my prayers to the family, friends, and all of those affected by this horrendous story. Here is a re-cap provided by NBC News of what we know thus far:

“Twenty-six people, including 20 children, were killed when a gunman opened fire in a Connecticut elementary school Friday morning, a law enforcement official said.

A young man clad in black and carrying two handguns rampaged through a Connecticut elementary school Friday, killing 20 small children and seven adults in the nation’s second-worst school massacre, law enforcement officials said.

The gunman, identified as Adam Lanza, 20, was also found dead at the scene, a federal law enforcement official said. Lanza is the son of a kindergarten teacher at the school who was found dead in her home, reported WNBC’s Jonathan Dienst.
The 20 children and six adults killed in the Newtown school massacre were all shot multiple times, many with a rifle, Connecticut’s chief medical examiner said Saturday.

The children – 12 girls and eight boys – were all 6 or 7 years old, Dr. H. Wayne Carver said at an afternoon news briefing.

“This is a very devastating set of injuries,” Carver said. “I believe everyone was hit more than once.”

He said all the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary died of gunshot wounds and all the deaths have been classified as homicides.

Carver said he personally performed seven autopsies and those children had between three and 11 wounds each. Two were shot at close range, the others at a distance.

Asked whether they suffered, he grimly replied, “Not for very long.

Some young survivors – all under age 10 — described the terror of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, and a massive police response that included SWAT officers going room to room to search for victims.

“I was in the gym and I heard a loud, like seven loud booms, and the gym teachers told us to go in the corner, so we all huddled,” a student told NBC Connecticut. “And I kept hearing these booming noises. And we all … started crying.

The incident — the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history after a gunman killed 32 people at Virginia Tech in 2007 — sent crying children spilling into the school parking lot as frightened parents waited for word on their loved ones.”

I can relate on an extremely small level to those affected by this shooting. My cousin, Amanda Collette, was killed in a school shooting four years ago and I honestly think of her every day. The pain subsides a little, but when you think about their smile, warmth, and of what could have been and what wonderful things they would have accomplished you feel the grief all over again. It is a pain you have to learn to live with, but comfort can be found in God.

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” – Revelations 21:4

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” -Matthew 5:4

I will update this blog posting once more information is known, but PLEASE keep praying for comfort for all of those hurt by this shooting.

Children:

  • Charlotte Bacon, 6
  • Daniel Barden, 7
  • Olivia Engel, 6
  • Josephine Gay, 7
  • Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 6
  • Dylan Hockley, 6
  • Madeleine F. Hsu, 6
  • Catherine V. 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
  • Aviele Richman, 6
  • Benjamin Wheeler, 6
  • Allison N. Wyatt, 6

 Adults:

  • Dawn Hochsprung, 47
  • Rachel Davino, 29
  • Anne Marie Murphy, 52
  • Lauren Rousseau, 30
  • Mary Sherlach, 56
  • Victoria Soto, 27

President Obama, his voice cracking at times, said he reacted to the tragedy first as a parent.

“Our hearts are broken today,” he said. “The majority of those who died today were children. Beautiful little kids between the ages of five and ten years old.”

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2 thoughts on “Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting, One Year Later [Updated 12/14/2013]

  1. If you have been doing your homework over the past ten years, instead of watching television, then you would know that the recent Connecticut shooting is a blatant set-up designed to build public support for gun control laws so that iron-fisted, police-state communism can be imposed on the United States of America. The only thing preventing this from happening is the hundreds of millions of guns in the possession of US citizens today which makes them a force that cannot be reckoned with. Don’t be a willfully ignorant muppet. The easiest way to build public support for gun control laws is to shoot children, which is exactly what happened in Connecticut.

    The most pressing need right now is for US citizens to recognize that it wasn’t some 20-year old white, American male who went beserk and decided to start killing children before killing himself. It was a military operative, possibly somebody in the Mossad, who killed these children before turning his gun on the 20-year old patsy and executing him. If you think that this massacre is the work of a 20-year old and if you believe in the sincerity of Barack Obama so that you are blind to the fact that he is a sociopath who displays no genuine emotion at all but is simply putting on an act to deceive all of you as the front-man for the people who want gun control, then you are truly ignorant and I find your inability to discern truth to be utterly repulsive.

    And who is it who wants gun control in the United States of America? It’s the Jews who want it, together with tens of millions of useless, blind, deceived Christians in the United States of America who the Jews have well and truly duped. Jews run the United States of America lock, stock and barrel and now they want to disarm the citizens through gun control so that they can impose an iron-fisted police state on the USA which will be characterised by the bleakest communism that you can imagine.

    Jews hate Jesus Christ with a seething hatred, which is why they moved to ban prayer from schools and which is why this Connecticut massacre was executed right before Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, in order to completely overshadow it and push it to the margins. Every year there’s bloodshed around Christmas time in order to divert attention away from the birth of Jesus Christ.

    Wake up, America. Your beautiful country that I lived in for two years as a child has been taken over by sociopaths – Jews. If you let them have your guns, you are truly finished. They’re going to slaughter you so that your blood runs in the streets, just like they slaughtered the family of the Russian Czar when they forced communism upon Russia last century, along with tens of millions of Russian Christians and just like these children have been slaughtered.

    I despise the cowardly, who sit impassively and ally themselves with the wicked in their conceit, self-satisfaction and reckless ignorance.

    http://www.stop-global-government.org

    Postscript:

    The Port Arthur massacre in Australia in April, 1996 was a set-up with Martin Bryant as the innocent patsy, just as this recent Connecticut massacre was a set-up. John Howard, who is secretly a Freemason, was fully aware that the Port Arthur massacre was a set-up and did everything he could to ensure that the truth never saw the light of day. The purpose of the Port Arthur massacre was to build public support for gun control in Australia and, as the new Prime Minister of Australia from the previous month’s election, John Howard played his part in getting these gun control laws through. The parallel with the recently re-elected Barack Obama is striking.

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