299 Responses to “Statement from the President (3:15 ET)”

  1. December 14, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Really, why would anyone want this job?

  2. 16 Proud Former White House Intern
    December 14, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Can’t wait

  3. 18 utaustinliberal
    December 14, 2012 at 3:10 pm

  4. December 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Am I the only one in a permanent state of being choked up?

    • 20 sherijr
      December 14, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      no LL, afraid you’re not.

    • 22 utaustinliberal
      December 14, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      No. Every time I think about the images I saw of children running out of the school in tears; some of them with their eyes closed, it breaks my heart and chokes me up.

    • 23 Vicki Green
      December 14, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      No! A class of kindergarten kids—5-6 year olds. Choked up and sobbing seems right to me.
      Back in my working days I taught kindergarten.)

    • 24 edp4bho
      December 14, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      Not at all, LL. I’m beginning to snap at my coworkers as they “bother” me today 😀

    • December 14, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      LL, every person on the conference call I ended a few min before the President spoke was incapable of continuing … you are not alone my friend.

    • 26 daisydem
      December 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      No sweetheart, we are right here with you. And I had just left the cemetery with my 79 year old aunt who for the last 10+ years I have taken her there at least twice a year to put flowers on 6 graves, two of those belonging to my parents, my mother being her sister, when I heard the news via text from my son. He only said, ” I had been in the field testing all morning, just got back to the lab and heard the news. God Save Us All!” My heart jumped into my throat as I had no idea, since I too had been away from laptop, tv, even left cell phone in the car at the cemetery … thoughts were 1. we’ve been attacked again 2. something has happened to my President (God forbid), but I did not know. Then I find out and my heart weeps for the innocence taken from us, for the pain the families must feel. We have an even of Christmas activities planned; I thought maybe we should cancel, but one is a party where we take items for the homeless like “handwarmers”, ponchos, tolietries, life goes on, they will need these items no less tomorrow or next week then today, right? Oh my, it is just so heavy. I just want to say, I love you all. Please continue to do what you do. You keep me grounded. I hurt to see my President hurting and he was just now. Love, daisydem

    • 27 yardarm756
      December 14, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      Not by a long shot sir. (water works here).

  5. 28 cman
    December 14, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I am usually one on the fence about gun control. But…this…this…18 children. This is not cool.

    You cannot tell me one man could have killed 27 people and 18 children, as collateral damage in his anger against one person with a knife. All in broad daylight and at a school no less. It just is not possible. At the very least we need to reinstate the assault weapons ban.

  6. 31 utaustinliberal
    December 14, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Pres. Obama is crying. This is painful. As a parent, this must be horrible for him.

  7. December 14, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I am weeping with this President as I know all of you are … we’ve definitely hit the wall …


  8. 35 sherijr
    December 14, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    thank you Mr. President.

  9. 36 jacquelineoboomer
    December 14, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    From scripture: “Heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds.” God bless you, President Obama, for speaking to the nation.

    • 37 HZ
      December 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      Amen jacquelineoboomer. I said that when those words were spoken. “Surely, may God bless you, Mr. President and give you wisdom and place people around you with much wisdom and much help to get this done.”

      May our prayers, songs, meditations on goodness, candle lighting in our homes be stronger and purified by the grace of God on this day and everyday going forward. May we see this problem resolve in our country that will bring upon us a tragedy such as this.

      Let republicans and democrates in Washington come to their senses and do the ‘right thing.’ Let us see great things done in the different committees in Congress who make the laws to take care of the mental aspects of our citizens who need help. Creator make the holders of power be torn apart as they continue to hold our children, and families hostages to the unfair and twisted mindset that guns will solve the problems that control their greed for power and distruction of our nation. Break the bonds dear Creator.

      Let the power of righteousness prevail during this time. Give all three branches of government in our nation the sincere and decent will to come together calmly and humbly with honor that will honor the
      precious gift of life. We ask this humbly with faith and love for each other that these things will
      change for the good. Amen.HZ

  10. December 14, 2012 at 3:21 pm

  11. December 14, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    God, I really don’t know how I’ll get through the rest of the day. And I truly have no desire to go to my wife’s work Xmas party and paint on a smile.

    • 42 susanne
      December 14, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      lib, i know your heart is huge, and your daily work with children makes this tragedy feel deeply personal–and it is. it is personal for all of us. i doubt anyone will expect you to paint on a smile today, and if they do, that is about them, not you. it is entirely appropriate for you to not attend a party, for the party to be cancelled in fact. christmas will wait, but this event is now.

      • 43 HZ
        December 14, 2012 at 6:03 pm

        LL, I thought of you because I remember you stating a while back that you were getting ready to do a reading to a group of young children. I thought of you today ,as I read your comment.

        You know we all are here with you and for you. I will keep you in my thoughts throughout the evening as you prepare to attend your wife’s Xmas party. ((((((((((((((( Our loving spirits are with you.))))))))))))HZ

  12. 44 Vicki Green
    December 14, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I was happy to see the WHPC respectfully silent when PBO finished speaking.

    • 45 isonprize
      December 14, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      VIcki, I actually said “Thank you GOD, for letting the jackals be quiet.” Seriously, I am so glad that had enough sense to SHUT UP!!!

      • 46 No Child Left Behind
        December 14, 2012 at 4:10 pm


        Jackals is the name I’ve been looking for. Thank you. Those jerks never cease to amaze me.

    • 47 Nena20409
      December 14, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      Many of then have children. They are beyond common sense at times, but humans they are too. It could be any of their children. That is why it hurts more than anything else for with children, they have no defense when someone is shooting at them. How sad? Horrific.

  13. 48 Japa21
    December 14, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Piercve, as usual is right on. The following is just an excerpt, but ties in today’s happenings with what it means to be a part of this country:

    Resist, then, the forces who tell you that the creation and maintenance of that commonwealth is too expensive or too complicated, or that it is an appeal to a time now lost to technology and modernity and the glories of free trade. Resist the frauds and mountebanks who seek to prosper from fragmentation and isolation, and who tell you that your “freedom” exists in a place outside of that creative process of self-government, and that, in fact, the institutions produced by that process are the enemies of that “freedom.” Resist, as strongly as you can, the people who seek to profit by isolating you in your homes, and in your anger, and in your wounded sense of aggrieved entitlement, and with all your guns.

    We, The People. Those words are not an accident. They come before everything else in the document. Yes, even before the Second Amendment, they come, and there is a reason for that. When we commit ourselves to the American experiment — and our military does this formally, but we all do so when we accept the freedoms and benefits of that experiment — we commit ourselves first to We, The People, and the public institutions that are the manifestations of our political commonwealth in our daily lives.

    Read more: Daily Politics Blog – Charles P. Pierce – Political Blogging – Esquire http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/#ixzz2F3lVDcvV

  14. 49 Rita
    December 14, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Powerful statement and I’m in tears. My President weeps for those who will never play again and I can’t contain the flood of tears. These two statements stand out:

    “They had their entire lives ahead of them. Birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own.”

    “We’re gonna have to come together as Americans…regardless of politics.”

    This was an apt and fitting statement. And gives me hope that something will change.

    • 50 edp4bho
      December 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      “We’re gonna have to come together as Americans…regardless of politics.”

      This I believe, PBO would be willing to spend major political capital on. No way he can be as inclusive and mindful and let this be left ony up to the neanderthals in favor of weaponry, but he will depend wholeheartedly on us, his supporters.

  15. 52 sherijr
    December 14, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    thank you Mr. President. You said what I feel.

  16. 53 utaustinliberal
    December 14, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    For those who missed the briefing, this is a little bit of what was said. I’m still in tears and I thank Pres. Obama for showing us this side of him once again. He’s a father first and he just reminded us that there are parents who are going to be heartbroken for the rest of their lives.

  17. December 14, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I just heard the president and the number of children killed is heartbreaking. I worked in schools for my professional career and we were greatly affected by Columbine. This is even worse. My heart is breaking and as so many of you the tears can’t stop.

  18. 55 Bill R.
    December 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I worked for 30 plus years in public mental health clinics, including coordinating crisis services and mental health commitment in a county in Oregon. I came across many individuals, most of them young adult males, who were deranged and needing immediate mental health attention, who were capable of committing murders like these. These young mentally ill men should not have access to military style assault weapons or any guns for that matter. Our Supreme Court, the GOP, and the NRA are responsible for these deaths.

    • 56 susanne
      December 14, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      bill, i too have worked in the mental health field. and i have seen the shortage of staff and resources limit the ability of the system to monitor or evaluate or make appropriate recommendations for the care of people who were in severe mental health crises. and there was little to care to offer: some pills that they might or might not take.

      yes, we need to address our national relationship with guns, and severely limit access to guns. absolutely. and we also need to look at how we’ve stripped resources from the system that would intervene before deranged individuals could make and act on a deadly plan. thank you for bringing this issue into the discussion today.

  19. 57 jackiegrumbacher
    December 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    The president reached out to us as human beings. If anyone complains that he should have been tougher in this speech, I’m going to tell them to go to hell. He said we have to do something about guns, regardless of the cost. Now is not the time to list what that something is. That’s our job and the job of every elected representative. The president is feeling this deeply. It’s a national tragedy of epic proportions. We would not be human if we didn’t take time to grieve and to comfort one another, no matter what the Michael Moore’s of this world say. Then we gather our forces together and fight and keep on fighting until we win. There are more of us than there are of gun worshipers. We will out organize, out fight and out vote them. Conservative haters got together and unfairly organized the demise of Acorn. One day we will ensure that the NRA goes down and, unlike Acorn, ITS demise will be fair and it will be justified.

  20. 59 utaustinliberal
    December 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    • 60 jacquelineoboomer
      December 14, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      It was probably announced before the President came out that there would be no questions, but I’m so glad there were no questions. Even Chuck Todd’s voice had a catch in it, as he mentioned there wasn’t a sound out of anyone in that room.

    • 61 Bill R.
      December 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      One of the few times I have observed the President struggle mightily to maintain his composure, obviously terribly saddened and grieved at today’s events.

  21. 62 jacquelineoboomer
    December 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Gov. Malloy of CT is speaking, now. (Carried live on NBC TV.)

  22. December 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    He CAN and DOES “heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3) Dear Lord I ask you to please heal this nation.

  23. 65 utaustinliberal
    December 14, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    There is some video of Pres. Obama making his statement here:

    President Barack Obama on Friday deplored the “heinous crime” that left 27 dead in a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

    “We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years, and each time I hear the news, I react not as a president but as everybody else would, as a parent,” Obama said, wiping tears from his eyes as he spoke at the White House. “And that is especially true today. I know there’s not a parent in America who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.”

    “Our hearts are broken today for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children and for the families of the adults who were lost,” Obama said. “Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors as well, for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children’s innocence has been torn away from them too early and there is no way to ease their pain.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/connecticut-school-shooting-obama-shares-condolences-and-concern-85097.html#ixzz2F3pq5RqN

  24. 66 Rita
    December 14, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Here’s the video of our President:

  25. 67 Bill R.
    December 14, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Press briefing: 20 children killed, six adults, one injured. Another adult murdered at a residence in Newton. No other info forthcoming.

  26. 68 utaustinliberal
    December 14, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    The police at the press briefing said the official death toll is 20 children dead and 6 adults dead. (26 in total). 18 children were killed on the scene, 2 died in the hospital.

  27. 69 sabreen60
    December 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I was not home all day. I was out running errands and I listen to CD’s in my car and not the radio. I heard nothing of this horrible incident until I sat down here at the computer and my first stop (as always) was TOD. I have not seen the TV and I don’t think I can watch it. I did go to Twitter and then to YouTube and saw the same video of the President as the one above. I don’t have the words to express how I feel. People handle grief differently. For some strange reason I keep thinking how am I going to go to my Zumba class at 6:00. Then I think to myself “you’re insane – you’re thinking about Zumba? I’m sitting here and I don’t know what to do. Should I stay seated or get up. I must be in a shock. I can’t grasp this. I can’t understand it.

  28. December 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm

  29. 74 Bill R.
    December 14, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    The President’s statement with all his humanity before us, is on the mark. 32 years ago I lost my little boy. It is a grief that is a wound beyond belief, and at the time I thought beyond my capacity to bear. There is nothing that can take it away, but it is good to know that the rest of humanity stands with you and you are not alone in your pain, a pain that will last as long as you live.

    • 75 susanne
      December 14, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      oh, bill that is terrible. please accept my condolences, and know your tod ohana is hugging you right now.

    • 76 mtmarilyn
      December 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      Oh, Bill, I am so sorry for you loss. Please know that my arms are around you and my prayers are there for you and all the families today. This has got to stop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

    • December 14, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      Bill, I’m so sorry for your loss and saddened about what events like this must bring up for you. Please take good care. Our hearts are heavy.

    • 78 theo67
      December 14, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      I can’t imagine the horror of such a tragedy.

    • 79 jackiegrumbacher
      December 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      Bill, I’m so deeply sorry for such a terrible loss. Some grief truly does seem unbearable. It takes a lot of courage to keep putting one foot in front of the other under that much pain. Bless you.

    • 80 Jazz
      December 14, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      “…it is a grief that is a wound beyond belief and at the time I thought beyond my capacity to bear..” – understand completely. My cherished son, my only child, was killed at age 18. He was full of light and joy, a Pied piper for his friends and school mates, deeply loved by so many. I wept on hearing this news this afternoon.. for everyone concerned… for those killed, for their parents and other family members who are devastated and for those who lived through the horror. Cried again with President Obama. Will keep everyone in prayer. We need to do everything possible to stop this kind of madness.

      • 81 Betsy
        December 14, 2012 at 7:27 pm

        So sorry for your loss too Jazz. What a hard day.

      • 82 0388jojothecat
        December 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm

        I am so sorry for the loss of your children – Bill & Jazz – parents should never have to bury their children and I know that the loss never fades over time whether it’s one day or 32yrs. The pain only stops when we are reunited with our loved ones in another life.

    • December 14, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      Bill, as a parent who has also lost children my heart breaks for you and all those affected by today’s satanic actions of a deranged miscreant. Nothing takes away the pain of the loss of a child, you learn to bear it because you have to but not a day goes by without missing that precious life cut short by whatever means. When an act of violence robs a parent of their most precious gift I honestly do not know how life carries on, only that it does.

      Bless you Bill and know that you and all who have lost their precious children are in my thoughts and in my heart.

    • 84 dudette9t9
      December 14, 2012 at 7:20 pm


    • 85 Betsy
      December 14, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      Bill I can only imagine your grief. Today’s news must be especially hard on you. No child should die before their parents and certainly not this way. I am so sorry for your loss, and for the many parents whose lives will never be the same.

    • 86 prettyfoot58
      December 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm


    • 88 nathkatun7
      December 14, 2012 at 11:42 pm

      Bill, I truly share your grief and your understanding of what parents go through when they lose children. I lost my 16 year old daughter (first born) 20 years ago to cancer. To be honest, the pain of that loss has never gone away. I feel so deeply about the parents who lost their precious children today. Like the President, it’s so hard to fight the tears thinking about the horror inflicted on these precious children and their teachers, and the utter pain and despair their parents and loved ones must be going through.

  30. December 14, 2012 at 3:58 pm

  31. 90 Ladyhawke
    December 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm


    Remarks by the President at the National Urban League Convention – July 25, 2012

    Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
    New Orleans, Louisiana


    But even though we’ve taken these actions, they’re not enough. Other steps to reduce violence have been met with opposition in Congress. This has been true for some time — particularly when it touches on the issues of guns. And I, like most Americans, believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms. And we recognize the traditions of gun ownership that passed on from generation to generation -– that hunting and shooting are part of a cherished national heritage.

    But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals — (applause) — that they belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities. I believe the majority of gun owners would agree that we should do everything possible to prevent criminals and fugitives from purchasing weapons; that we should check someone’s criminal record before they can check out a gun seller; that a mentally unbalanced individual should not be able to get his hands on a gun so easily. (Applause.) These steps shouldn’t be controversial. They should be common sense.

    So I’m going to continue to work with members of both parties, and with religious groups and with civic organizations, to arrive at a consensus around violence reduction — not just of gun violence, but violence at every level, on every step, looking at everything we can do to reduce violence and keep our children safe -– from improving mental health services for troubled youth — (applause) — to instituting more effective community policing strategies. We should leave no stone unturned, and recognize that we have no greater mission as a country than keeping our young people safe. (Applause.)



  32. 91 squarepeg
    December 14, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Fuck Bloomberg – he is showing his ass right now.

  33. 93 Roberta in MN
    December 14, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    When I finally turned on the TV today, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and hearing. I am still crying, I am in total shock, that something like this can happen. LL had a great post on PTV. And thank you all at TOD. (((((((hungs to all parents, grandparents and siblings))))))).

  34. 94 Ladyhawke
    December 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Day Before Connecticut Shooting Massacre, Michigan Legislature Passed Bill Allowing Guns In Classrooms


    On Thursday, one day before the tragedy in Connecticut where at least 29 people were killed at an elementary school, the Republican-controlled Michigan legislature passed a bill that would allow people to bring guns into schools.
    Amidst a lameduck session that has spawned a host of right-wing legislation, including a so-called “right-to-work” law and an extreme abortion ban, a “sweeping rewrite of Michigan’s concealed handgun law” was also approved yesterday. The legislation changes Michigan’s gun laws in a number of ways, including making it easier for people to receive a gun permit and opening up “gun free zones,” including schools and elsewhere, to people carrying concealed firearms.



    • December 14, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      Just unbelievable that Michigan would do this – I keep thinking about those parents and what they are going through today – such a sad day.

    • 96 jackiegrumbacher
      December 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      The legislators in Michigan have gone stark staring mad. It’s time for someone to haul out the nets. They have lost all control, all sense and have surrendered the last shred of responsibility.

    • 97 nathkatun7
      December 14, 2012 at 11:46 pm

      This is absolutely collective insanity emanating from the Republican party.

  35. 98 TrumpDog
    December 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Two things:
    I can’t stand the emo left.
    Today is just so sad. It’s unbelievable. Words can’t express….they just can’t.

  36. December 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Hi everyone, I know there’s only so much more sadness anyone can take, but just to let you know – CTGirl has been in touch to say that first she heard today that the daughter of a close friend had died in the shootings, and then she got a call to say her father had passed away.

    I just don’t know what to say. I really don’t. CTGirl, we love you, we’re thinking of you, and so incredibly sad for you. May your father and the young girl both rest in peace.

    • 100 COS
      December 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      OMG, Chips. I went out to do chores today and on my way home I caught the ending of PBO’s statement. I was not aware that this tragedy had happened. I am at a loss for words and my heart is broken for all of those families and CTGirl.

      • 101 daisydem
        December 14, 2012 at 5:39 pm

        Oh my, I am so sorry. CTgirl, our thoughts, prayers, healing energy is with you. Please stay in touch when you can and know that we are here for you.

    • 102 Japa21
      December 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      Amen. And thank you, Chips for letting us know. And CTGirl, if you can make your way here (and we all understand if you don’t) know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your friend.

    • December 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      Well, now is the time we all need to be as close as possible and console one another. Thank you Chips for enabling our community to do that.


    • 104 hopefruit2
      December 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      Oh no. I feel terrible for CTGirl. My heart goes out to her and may her father RIP. May she find some comfort at this difficult time.

    • 105 utaustinliberal
      December 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      Oh My God. Thank you for having the wherewithal to bring this to us Chips.

      Hey CTGirl, we here at TOD are wrapping our hands around you and sending prayers, thoughts, and comfort to you. May you get through this tragedy stronger than before. May your father and your friend’s child rest in eternal peace.

    • 106 edp4bho
      December 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      OMG, wasn’t she just on the blog today? My heart goes out to her in her many losses today. These kinds of days will continue in our lives, thus we need the compassion and commitment of friends to help us through them. To CTGirl, my prayers are with you as well as all the other victims in this horrilbe tragedy, and peace to your dear father.

    • December 14, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      Oh no. I have no words. Just sending you my love and prayers, CTGirl. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    • 108 susanne
      December 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      ctgirl, you’re encircled by our loving prayers today. i’m so so sorry for your loss.

    • December 14, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      OMG, CTGirl. I can’t even process this. You have our love and our thoughts are with you now. May there be some semblance of peace for those who have perished.

    • 110 xtine
      December 14, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      OMG, I’m so terribly saddened, CTGirl. Thanks, Chips, for letting us know. This is overwhelming…

    • 111 theo67
      December 14, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      My heart breaks for CTGirl. The day started so bright for her, and she was so enthusiastic for this Friday – what an unspeakably tragic turn for the worse.

      • December 14, 2012 at 4:52 pm

        That’s the painful thing Theo, we all laughed with her about wanting Friday to come. This is what she said in the email:

        Had I known today would turn out to be the saddest day of my life, maybe I would not have wished for Friday’s early arrival.

        • 113 theo67
          December 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm

          Oh – that’s so sad. 😦

        • 114 LadyTNT
          December 14, 2012 at 5:35 pm

          My heart goes out to CTgirl. The irony of this situation is astonishing. My deepest sympatihies to her family and to all the families affected by this unthinkable tragedy. Seeing my president tear up breaks my heart. He has so much on him and to add this tragedy, plus the thoughts of losing his own children is something I would not wish on the strongest of men.

          I wish peace and love to everyone.

        • December 14, 2012 at 5:47 pm

          Oh my … dear CTGirl, please feel our love for you …

        • 116 jacquelineoboomer
          December 14, 2012 at 8:34 pm

          Chips – Thank you for letting us know. The trouble with Friday is that there are a lot of Fridays in our lifetimes, and one of the few ways we get through the rough days are because we gather our family and friends around us. CTGirl has our TOD family to support her, as well as those near her today and tonight and in the coming weeks and months. God bless her and may her dad and her friend’s daughter rest in peace. And if she believes in heaven, I want her to know that my mother – who traveled there seven Christmases ago – will be meeting them with cake and ice cream in her hands, because she most especially loved children and would want to welcome the little girl with open arms and a treat, and all the others.

    • 117 Rita
      December 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      CTGirl… we love you. Such an incredibly sad day. Wishing you strength.

    • December 14, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Oh my god, I’m crying again. I don’t cry, and I’m crying. I’ve run out of words. Silence is best now.

    • 119 mtmarilyn
      December 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      I was just wondering how CTgirl was doing. My heart goes out to all those touched with such heartache today. I have texted my children to tell them how much I love them. Two of them are teachers. Hugs of love for everyone!

    • December 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      I am so sorry to hear of the passing of CTGirl’s father as well as the the tragedy that occurred in CT today. Lord I ask that you comfort the hearts of those that have experience family passing today. Please provide peace to their hears, souls and minds to help get them through this day. I God’s name I pray. amen, amen and amen.

    • 121 jackiegrumbacher
      December 14, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      That’s too much for anyone to bear alone. I hope CT has a good support system and lots of family and friends to help her through this awful time. Sometimes the pain and the loss rain down so hard you just don’t know where to turn. At a time like this you just need arms to hold you and a big shoulder to cry on. Ctgirl, may there be lots of arms to hold you up right now.

    • 122 sherijr
      December 14, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      to CTGirl, I am so terribly sorry for your loss, please know that we are here for you.

    • 123 dotster3
      December 14, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Oh that is so terrible and sad beyond belief. My thoughts are with CTGirl.

    • 124 Ahero62
      December 14, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      Sorry to hear about CTGirl father and of course the daughter of her friend. I can’t even imagine what she must be going through! All I can ask is why is there so much suffering in the world!

    • 125 Sam UK Obama Supporter
      December 14, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      Bless you Chips. You really are the heart and soul of this beautiful blog. Please take care of yourself and know that we love you so very much.

      CTGirl I am so devastatingly sad for you and your precious friend, my heart breaks for you both. There is nothing anyone can say to take away the awful pain but please know that you are loved so very much even though I do not know you in the ‘real’ world you are a treasured member of the TOD family.

      May the precious young girl and your beloved father rest in eternal peace.

  37. 126 debz
    December 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    CTGirl, so sorry to hear of your losses.

  38. 127 Roberta in MN
    December 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    CTgirl My heart is crying for you. Thanks Chips for keeping us informed. I just don’t know what to say anymore.This is just such a sad traject day all around.

    • 128 anniebella
      December 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      Bless you CTGirl, you and your family is in my prayers.

      • 129 a4alice
        December 14, 2012 at 7:44 pm

        I feel grief stricken as though this has happened to me personally so sorry for all and you as well CTGirl

        • 130 HZ
          December 14, 2012 at 8:30 pm

          CTGirl, may you be surrounded with the love from your friends and always know that you have loving prayers and beautiful thoughts going out into your space for you during your loss of your father and your friend.

          (((((((((((((((((((((((((( May Comfort Be So Strong and Peaceful To You, CTGirl)))))))))))))))))))))))))))

          My tears will not stop, but my prayers are coming through them anyway making their way to a more powerful strength that we all have right now. Know that my candles are lit for your comfort, CTGirl. HZ

  39. 132 hopefruit2
    December 14, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Bloomberg is shameful. He immediately attacked PBO’s statement, saying that “calling for meaningful action” is not enough. I wonder how many of the families of the victims has he called or comforted since the event.

    • 133 anniebella
      December 14, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      To hell with Bloomberg, he has enough money to have taken on the NRA, why haven’t he?

      • 134 hopefruit2
        December 14, 2012 at 4:43 pm

        He’s too busy supporting pro-gun GOP politicians and cutting mental health services. Hypocrite extraordinaire.

        • 135 HZ
          December 14, 2012 at 8:37 pm

          I try to carry a sweet spirit within my space, but we all have our moments because of this world of such unsettled people who carry with them a spirit of constant ill will for others who are trying to do the very best in the situations that come their way. POB tries to comfort and still has to fight with all of his being for everything he works so hard to get done as president.

          Now I will share my other side with my TOD family. Mayor Bloomberg can go straight to hell right now. There is no space in the parents and friends for his words tonight. What happen to all of his talk the last time he tried to spank POB? So go to hell and leave us along Mr. Bloomberg. I am still crying, but this pisses me off with Bloomberg. Sick of his attitude. Excuse me TOD family.HZ

    • 136 Lorraine
      December 14, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      Yes, he is! I can’t believe that statement. He has a Napoleon complex.

    • 137 jackiegrumbacher
      December 14, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      I’m sorry, but I have no patience for horse’s asses like Bloomberg. Where has he been all these years. He’s got plenty of money to lobby Congress and fight the NRA and has access to a lot of media. But he prefers to grandstand about the president, He can just go to hell and stay there. I knew there would be creeps like this waiting to criticize the president’s statement. The deformed souls of the world have to carp at everyone else, even though their own ugliness is there for all to see. Bloomberg isn’t fit to polish PBOs shoes.

  40. 139 symmetry11
    December 14, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with @CTgirl, her family and friends.

  41. 140 hopefruit2
    December 14, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    People are beginning to gather around the WH for a vigil of sorts, prayers, mourning, etc.

  42. 142 squarepeg
    December 14, 2012 at 4:39 pm

  43. December 14, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Hugs and prayers for CTgirl. So sorry for your loss, dear friend. May you find the strength, peace and comfort you need today and in the coming days.

  44. December 14, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I had to go out for a walk to the Golden Gate Bridge. Its majesty is always a comfort to me.

    I just watched PBO’s statement and read about CTGirl. I can barely compose myself. If you are human, there are limits with this kind of senseless violence. I cannot fathom the terror those innocent children have suffered.

  45. 145 utaustinliberal
    December 14, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Whoa…people are gathering outside the white house. Some are expressing sympathy for the tragedy that occurred and some are holding signs saying: “It’s Time For Gun Control.”

    • December 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      1. I hope they gather in front of the halls of Congress. Since that’s where law is made.
      2. I hope they do more than gather. The NRA is powerful, and has become more so since the assault weapon ban expired in 2004. The only thing which will destroy it as a force is if we collectively say “ENOUGH”, and make sure our representatives know that their jobs are on the line. Once my numbness is gone, letters are going out to my Senators, my Rep, and the two California Democratic House members who get donations from the NRA. And they will be getting them at regular intervals until old gun laws are enforced and new strictures are in place.

    • December 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      I wish I could join them right now. I would be there in an instant.

  46. 148 utaustinliberal
    December 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm

  47. 150 Eveingeorgia
    December 14, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    CTGirl, I am so sorry for your loss and for the loss of your friend’s child. There is no correct response to death. To tragic death, like that of today, we can at least determine to do what we can to pressure congress to do something about this.
    The world has lost it’s collective mind. It’s going to take all of us, coming together to make some necessary and moral changes. God help us all.

  48. 151 utaustinliberal
    December 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) – A tearful President Barack Obama said Friday he grieved first as a father about the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, declaring, “Our hearts are broken today.” He called for “meaningful action” to prevent such shootings but did not say what it should be.

    “The majority of those who died were children – beautiful, little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old,” Obama said.

    At that point he had to pause for several seconds to keep his composure, and he wiped his eyes.

    The scene in the White House briefing room was one of the most emotional moments of Obama’s presidency. Near him, two senior aides cried and held hands as they listened to the president.

    Some 27 people, including 20 children, were killed when a gunman opened fire inside the school. The shooter blasted his way through the building as young students cowered helplessly. The dead included the shooter.

    The story jolted parents and other people across the nation, and the White House was no different.

    Obama began his comments with no greeting. He ended them with words of Scripture, walking away in silence.

    He recited the future milestones lost, and had to pause again to gather his words.

    “They had their entire lives ahead of them – birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own,” the president said of those who were killed.

    He ordered that U.S. flags be flown at half-staff on public grounds through Tuesday.

  49. 152 TheWorld4Obama
    December 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I was out today renewing my CPR card and doing my CPR skills making sure I know how to help people found unresponsive and pulseless and then I come and find out about this.
    This is just so senseless and something that hopefully will allow discussion to proceed on how to improve mental health services, teach people how to detect mental health issues in a family member or friends and how to get them the help they need, and how to make it hard for people who are not stable mentally to have their hands on huge weapons and a bunch of ammunitions.
    Thanks to all for your prayers today and in the coming days. This is just so horrible.

  50. December 14, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    I am so grateful for our President, for the man and father that he is. He beautifully expressed what we all are feeling. As he said, the time is now for meaningful action to stop these killings. My heart is aching for all of those parents, for all of those kids…..they are our kids. May they somehow find peace in the days ahead. God bless them!

  51. 154 utaustinliberal
    December 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Vigil occurring now outside the white house.

  52. 155 Dakota
    December 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Dear Family,
    My heart is broken in a million pieces today…for the victims of this horrible massacre…sorry that’s what it was…for CTGirl, for Bill and for my friend who just yesterday found out from one of her students that her father was murdered. I’m just numb.

    We were all excited at work today because one of my aides became a father for the first time this morning. I will tell him to hold that baby close and love him with all his might.

    And no matter what anyone says, I love my President.

  53. 157 forus50
    December 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Sad and terrible reality of where we are thanks to the RWNJs and NRA:

    • 158 forus50
      December 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      • 159 Anna
        December 14, 2012 at 5:19 pm

        What if all ammo for certain guns banned, and for others limited…………or horror……..controlled. Track down where his guns were bought, bars have to answer up for serving too many drinks, time for sellers of guns to answer up. 40% of guns sold without background checks, excuse me, WTF!

      • 161 yardarm756
        December 14, 2012 at 5:44 pm

        Easy. Do a recall just like you do cars. Pass a law limiting the number on guns each person/household can have legally. Set up an exchange for guns to be turned in. Set up an amnesty period after which if caught with a unregistered gun it will invoke a warrent that will result in all your property being confiscated and your ass thrown in jail. They do it now with drug dealers. Why not gun nuts?

    • 165 jackiegrumbacher
      December 14, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      Forus, we can still hold legislators accountable for the endless stream of mindless legislation allowing guns in schools, bars,parks, etc. If people already have guns, lock them in your home; but don’t carry them anywhere you go. Every state and federal representative has to no that from now on we won’t tolerate anything that lessens restrictions on carrying guns.

      • 166 forus50
        December 14, 2012 at 5:31 pm

        Yeah, it’s just that with those types of laws those of us without weapons are treated like criminals with searches and security to keep the gun toters out. Our public spaces and other places of gathering are now like prisons. We are prisoners in our own country thanks to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction available faster than buying movie tickets.

  54. 167 FoxfireTX
    December 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Bill and CTGirl, my heart goes out to you both as well to everyone who is grieving today. Bill, I know the loss never leaves you. And CTGirl, what you’ve endured today has to seem unbearable. As a nation, let’s hope that the majority decide this is no longer bearable for any of us to go through again. There simply are no words.

  55. 168 utaustinliberal
    December 14, 2012 at 5:02 pm

  56. 169 utaustinliberal
    December 14, 2012 at 5:03 pm

  57. 171 anniebella
    December 14, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    20 kids, 5 to 9 years old, hay NRA their blood is on your hands and one day you will answer for it. I had nothing against people owning guns, for hunting and protecting family, but those assault weapons is not necessary.

    • 172 anniebella
      December 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      I’m so thankful FLOTUS, Malia and Sasha are there for POTUS, that they are there for each other.

      • 173 HZ
        December 14, 2012 at 8:47 pm

        Anniebella, thanks for your comments. These are the things that I meditate on each morning for our POTUS. We all know that POB gets comfort and support from the beautiful ladies in the White House. That is a thanksgiving that I say for him daily. HZ

  58. 174 utaustinliberal
    December 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm

  59. 175 utaustinliberal
    December 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    • 176 4morefor44
      December 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      make sure democrats win the house in 2014, and that’ll be the day we can actually get meaningful gun control and mental health laws passed. if this tragedy turns into yet another “bash obama” fest instead of doing THE HARD WORK of actually getting legislation passed, i swear i’m going to lose my mind.

    • 177 COS
      December 14, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      A vigil should be held in front of the Capitol building also. Ultimately, that’s where the gun laws will be changed.

  60. 178 Rita
    December 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Can’t say this enough, today and everyday.

  61. December 14, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    One of my regulars just came in. He’s a crusty old Vietnam vet with the heart of a saint. He just looked at me and shook his head.

  62. 180 4morefor44
    December 14, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    omg…i see the usual “liberals” starting up the “obama needs to or else” brigades already. the only way we’re going to get any real gun control laws and mental health services funding is by winning the house in 2014. if people are truly concerned about fixing these things, they’d be putting all their time and energy into making sure their local democrat gets into the house in 2014. where’s the talk about how we’re going to do that?

    • 181 jackiegrumbacher
      December 14, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      4 more, I’m sick to death of emo whining. They need to get off their fat seats right now and start organizing for 2013 and 2014. If they think they can do a better job, they can damn well run themselves. There is plenty of time for them to collect signatures and have their names put on ballots. If they can do nothing but complain, they’re not worth giving them the time of day.

    • 182 hopefruit2
      December 14, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      A lot of grandstanding by people who use these events to seek attention for themselves, or target certain political figures who they happen to not like. They are not particularly interested in the laws or policies. I’m willing to bet that many of these grand standers themselves own legally obtained guns.

    • 183 anniebella
      December 14, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      What bill can President Obama pass by his self, where he doesn’t need Congress. As far as I know the answer is none. So to the usual liberals, shut the heck up. I don’t want to hear the same old B.S. coming from their freaking mouth.

      • 184 0388jojothecat
        December 14, 2012 at 10:22 pm

        Exactly! Bloomberg just wants to hog a camera and mirophone…..nothing of substance to provide to his own people in the way of gun control. Anything that congress does the NRA-OWNED SCOTUS will overturn.

  63. 185 CEB
    December 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    So much grief, so much pain. How much longer will we let a powerful lobby get away with murder? Our president has to bear his heartbreak and ours. Love and hugs to all of you. Lord, help us.

  64. December 14, 2012 at 5:23 pm

  65. 187 utaustinliberal
    December 14, 2012 at 5:29 pm

  66. 189 4morefor44
    December 14, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    ugh. just saw the ctgirl update…so sorry to hear about all that. {{{{{{{ctgirl}}}}}}}}

  67. December 14, 2012 at 5:36 pm


    • 191 theo67
      December 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      A rare act of decency from the GOP. I’ll leave it at that.

      • 192 anniebella
        December 14, 2012 at 5:44 pm

        LL, I’m Shock, Shock, Shock. Now let’s see what he do when the President comes to him wanting to do something about those assault weapons.

    • 193 forus50
      December 14, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Not sure what to think of that. Perhaps it’s honorable or perhaps it’s his usual cowardice; afraid to speak for the GOPs love of weapons that kill kids in our schools.

      • 194 4morefor44
        December 14, 2012 at 5:48 pm

        not to mention him and all modern republicans have supported tragedies like today a 1000 times over in iraq, where they loudly and proudly voted to use our tax dollars to kill tens of thousands of innocent people in iraq, and then go happily wine and dine over expensive meals with their billionaire funders. the modern republican is a truly vile creature.

        • 195 hopefruit2
          December 14, 2012 at 6:09 pm

          Boehner received $2,500 this cycle in NRA donations. His conscience must be bothering him. But I will accept his decision to allow the nation to mourn undisturbed by GOP political rhetoric.

    • 196 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      December 14, 2012 at 11:36 pm

      What could they possibly say since they and the NRA are responsible for this?

  68. December 14, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I have one word, Heartbroken. CTgirl I am so sorry for your losses, your Dad and your friend’s child in CT.

    We say a prayer for the families involved in this tragedy as well as our nation at large.

    We say a prayer for our President Obama that he will be guided to make the right decisions and get the much

    needed cooperation from Congress and the NRA, in order to solve this major dilemma in our country.

  69. 198 Titti
    December 14, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    My heart aches and is heavy. May the souls of the faithfully departed RIP. CTGirl prayers for you and your family at this difficult and sad time. Death is a visitor that comes when you least expect it. May your dad RIP.

  70. December 14, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    So this is what got me crying.

    I was driving home for lunch. I was thinking that this upcoming Tuesday was the last Storytime I’d be doing before my Xmas vacation. I was thinking about what to tell these wonderful kids, and the only things I could think about were “Stay safe” and “I love you all”. That pretty much made me lose it.

    • 200 andogriff
      December 14, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      LL, it is a terribly sad day… it is wonderful that you do the storytime for the kids, hang in there, and thanks for all your brilliant articles. Your posts may help to bring a change to our antiquated gun “laws”.

    • 201 HZ
      December 14, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      LL, I understand. I remember having the pleasure of taking my classes to the library for these Storytimes. The children loved those times. We had fun walking to the library, and the librarian was so wonderful with my students because they were so well behaved and she did not have to stop in the middle of her story time. As I recall, it was such a lovely and rewarding time for the children.

      You do what you feel comfortable doing, LL, but I know you will have just the appropriate and caring material for your Storytime. Here is one who will appreciate your choice and be so supportive of whatever it may be. ((((((((( Thank you for your dedication and hardwork, LL)))))))))))HZ

  71. 202 Rita
    December 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    And then you have people like this. This despicable, bigoted ghoul, Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, indicated that God Let Those Children Get Murdered Because There’s No Prayer In Public Schools. Let that sink in for a moment. Today. After the terrible tragedy in which 18 innocent children died, along with adults.

  72. December 14, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    {{{{{{{{{{CTGirl}}}}}}}}}}}} Sob.

  73. 210 ber6964
    December 14, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Love and Prayers Everyone…….”For every time there is a season”………Maybe this time it will be time fo some “limits” set on guns.

  74. 211 collegekay
    December 14, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    CTgirl, you are in my thoughts.

  75. December 14, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Hello everyone. Thank you all for your kind words – just a difficult day! I ache for my family, My heart is broken because I did not get to say goodbye to my dad, but how do you, as a parent, survive burying your kindergartner? I can’t…

    • 214 carolyn
      December 14, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      CTGirl, do be assured that the people here at TOD are supporting you in our thoughts and prayers. Losing a dad is truly hard… no matter how old we are, he is still our dad, and our rock. You are bearing too much today, but we all care deeply and will keep you close to our hearts, as we will all the parents in Connecticut.

    • 215 mtmarilyn
      December 14, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      Oh CTgirl, know that you are not alone and arms of love are surrounding you and all those who lost loved ones! This is such a tragedy!

    • 216 susanne
      December 14, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      we are all gathered around you and those whose losses today have been unspeakably tragic. there are no words, ctgirl, but our hearts are full for you.

    • 217 Andy46
      December 14, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      My condolences to you, your family and friends CTGirl

    • 218 hopefruit2
      December 14, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      CtGirl, our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.

    • 219 sabreen60
      December 14, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      CTGirl it is hard not being able to say goodbye. I didn’t get to say goodbye to my mother. But know that our loved ones know we loved them and they loved us. It will get easier over time, but you must stay strong.

    • 220 ber6964
      December 14, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      If it’s any consolation…..Think of your Dad as being Called to Lead the young souls that left today…..God Bless.

    • 221 yardarm756
      December 14, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      Peace and blessing to you.

    • 222 lmrj
      December 14, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      CTGirl, God bless you, your family and your friend who lost her child. God keep your father and the child who was so tragically lost.

    • 224 Esi
      December 14, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      CTGirl, all I can do is sob for you and the little innocent and beautiful children who were murdered today. I am trying to hold my tears but it just keeps running. I want to tell you you will be fine but I don’t believe in it, I am searching for words and the more I do the more the tears come, maybe tears are the words for depths of our soul for which we can’t express, so today I have no words for you but tears and I hope it cleanses and balms your pain.

    • December 14, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      Keeping you and your family in my thoughts, CTGirl.

    • 226 Betsy
      December 14, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      So very sorry for your loss CTGirl. I lost my dad last March, so I know how you feel; but your friend who lost her little girl, that is also devastating.

    • 227 andogriff
      December 14, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      Dear CTGirl, so very sorry for your loss, and the loss of your friend’s daughter. So very sad on this tragic day, huge hugs to you.

    • 228 nathkatun7
      December 15, 2012 at 12:11 am

      CTGirl, my deepest condolences! What you went through today is unimaginable. I hope you find strength to cope. Also know that many of us, although we can never truly experience your grief, have you, your family, and the families of all the precious children and their teachers in our thoughts.

  76. 229 squarepeg
    December 14, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    • 230 hopefruit2
      December 14, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      This Karin Rhoton describes herself on Twitter as a Republican.

      • 231 carolyn
        December 14, 2012 at 6:20 pm

        That is just plain mean, and also untrue. She obviously has never looked, or if briefly looked, has never seen. We’ve seen his heart, but not broken like today. Today, it was raw.

        • 232 0388jojothecat
          December 14, 2012 at 10:44 pm

          I agree carolyn….whoever these people are do not KNOW this President. For each of these tragedies the president has cried…..Gabby Giffords shooting and the memorial for all those that were killed including little Christina Green. I will never forget her because she was the same age as my niece and was gunned down at the age of nine yrs old.

      • 233 anniebella
        December 14, 2012 at 6:27 pm

        Karin Rhoton, I see his heart when I see those beautiful pictures of him with his family, I see his heart when I see him with young kids.

      • 236 Anna
        December 14, 2012 at 6:29 pm

        Maybe cause she doesn’t really know what it is to have a heart, sort of like Dick Cheney.

      • 237 mtmarilyn
        December 14, 2012 at 6:34 pm

        I just tweeted “Then you have never really looked at PBO. He has shown his heart & his care many times. U just didn’t want to see”

      • 238 yardarm756
        December 14, 2012 at 7:13 pm

        hopefruit. Why did you post that b.s. here?

  77. 240 squarepeg
    December 14, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Ugh now Joan Walsh is showing her ass.

  78. December 14, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Of course, Bloomberg has to pile on, too.

    • 242 hopefruit2
      December 14, 2012 at 6:35 pm

      The same hypocrite who endorses pro-Gun GOP politicians and cuts mental health funding at the same time. Besides yap at President Obama Bloomberg has not lifted a finger to initiate any meaningful movement towards gun legislation.

      • 243 Vicki Green
        December 14, 2012 at 6:46 pm

        The NY Tyrant is suffering from attention withdrawal syndrome. No matter how many newspapers magazines and TV pundits he buys or pays off, his time in the spotlight is dwindling everyday.

        At the Sandy Concert on Wednesday he was disrespected and ridiculed. 51/2 hours of cheering and good will towards Cuomo and Christie who were in attendance and 3 lame jokes about the ineffective jerk we have for mayor.Two of the jokes were visuals of Bloomberg with the soda cups he has been giving his attention to.

        Soda cup sizes and now guns—anything that gets the cameras to look at him. Pathetic.

        • 244 anniebella
          December 14, 2012 at 7:14 pm

          Bloomberg is rich enough, he knows enough rich people who could take on the NRA. What has Bloomberg done? Seriously, beside criticize someone else like the President, what has he done.

    • 245 Andy46
      December 14, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      President Obama respond first as a parent and than as a leader…I will assert the mayor respond as a business man…always looking for the opportunity to take advantage.

  79. 246 LDS
    December 14, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    @CTGirl and everyone. I want to leave these words here because I care. I feel the hurt and pain. We need the love now more than ever.

    Sometimes the darkness in our lives is worse, because we cannot understand what we are going through or what we are supposed to do. Therefore, we are unable to see any beauty or any possible good arising from our experience. Yet, if we are faithful to forge ahead and “if we do not give up”, (Gal.6:9) , someday we will know that the most exquisite work of our lives was done during those days when it was the darkest.

    If we felel right now, that we can’t……..simply go FOWARD in faith, love and hope never doubting God. He is watching and He will bring goodness and beauty from all our pain and tears.

    As our President quoted in Scripture Psalm 147:3, “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.”
    Peace in the midst of our storms.


  80. December 14, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    I really need the nets to stop with the damn interviewing of children. Wolf Blitzer made the disclaimer that they only talked to children with their parents permission.
    So fuckin’ what. How about just deciding to not do on camera interviews with lil children about this shit.

    The school official made a damn effort to try and shield the kids who were evacuated out of the school from the massacre that had unfolded, reports are that they told kids to walk single file and close their eyes as they walk passed the massacre in the principal’s office.

    I hope the image of those kids haunts those who interviewed them and put them on cameras.


    • 248 Nena20409
      December 14, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      We The People need to hear from the kids. They break it down their own way without politics, just with pure heart and sincerity. Their parents OK’ed for them to speak. Their voices can be termed political by fatuous bat poop nut jobs. So let the children speak when they can. Show their version and their concerns. Our nation can Only benefit from it all.

      The picture with a 3 yrs old John John saluting his father’s coffin is still a profound powerful picture. Let the children who can speak or better who want to speak, when OK’ed by their parents come forth and speak.

      • 249 Nena20409
        December 14, 2012 at 7:33 pm

        Can’t be termed…..I meant to have typed.

      • 250 lamh36
        December 14, 2012 at 7:34 pm

        we the people do not need to hear from the kids. this kids need to be able to talk to professional grief counselors NOT going on camera to provide us with some sort of whatever. John John’s father was POTUS. The photo was a still photo. I don’t recall seeing interviews with Caroline about her father’s death do you.

        it’s the nature of our “reality” culture that we teach our children that they can get comfort from television cameras rather than professional help.

        I’m sorry I call bullshit on using children in this way like this is some Lifetime movie.

        • 251 Nena20409
          December 14, 2012 at 8:03 pm

          I don’t either about Caroline for I was not here. The Still photograph told the nation and the world the loss of a father to a 3 yrs old. That spoke volume. The kids that spoke to the News people, their parents OK’ed for them to speak. They have professionals for them too. I want to hear from the children for many times their ways of looking at the world change minds and hearts. Their voices need to be heard, not hidden or muted.

    • 253 yardarm756
      December 14, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      I’m with you on that. The media are buzzards/parasites on a quest to get a scoop. Sickening!

      • 254 0388jojothecat
        December 14, 2012 at 10:37 pm

        CNN is doing this for ratings and for nothing else. I would speak for my child by voting and getting petitions signed to end the NRA’s grip on our legislators from implementing sensible gun control laws.

    • 255 nathkatun7
      December 15, 2012 at 12:28 am

      I am with you 100%, lamh36! This is no time to exploit little children who are probably terrified and confused. Absolutely unnecessary in my humble opinion.

  81. 256 susanne
    December 14, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    i listened to aretha singing ‘mary don’t you weep’ then went outside to weed my garden for a while. her sweet voice, and the painful cries of all those affected by this tragedy, were singing in my soul as i cleaned up what is within my reach today. tods, dear tods please go outside a little bit, feel the air on your cheeks, listen to the sounds of the earth. heal your spirit. for we have work to do tomorrow.

  82. December 14, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Rep McCarthy democrat Ny is stupid!

    That is all!

    • 258 anniebella
      December 14, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      Is McCarthy a Republican?

      • 259 Bill
        December 14, 2012 at 7:32 pm

        She is a Democrat. Her husband was killed on the Long Island commuter train by a gunman in 1993. She ran for Congress, won, and is the most anti-gun person in Congress.

        • 260 Nena20409
          December 14, 2012 at 7:35 pm

          That is why I was shocked at the initial comments. The late Ted Kennedy was just as against gun violence for he and his family had lived it. She earned the right to speak.

    • 261 theo67
      December 14, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      Her intentions are good – she’s just going about it the wrong way. Apparently, her husband was a fatal victim of gun violence and her son severely injured in the same attack. She spoke to the Administration before the election, telling them that she was going to take up gun legislation after the election, and create a public campaign. She seems to want to lead a congressional charge for change – she just needs to know that the tough talk should be directed at her colleagues in Congress – not at the President, who would sign a sensible and effective gun control bill if one was presented to him. She could be an effective ally, but she needs to get her facts straight, and her strategy straight, too. The President is on her side.

  83. December 14, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    So sad…this tragedy is an anathema to everything we hold dear. There aren’t enough words or prayers to help these children recover, to help the families who have lost their loved ones but pray we must and keep praying because they need all the help and support they can get. Loss of the future potential of these children is horrific. The president was superb in his words and emotion. My heart aches for the families.

  84. December 14, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    I don’t understand what thing or event in a person’s life could damage their soul so badly that they could do this — to anyone, muchless innocent babies and teachers of babies.

    The words to convey my feelings have left me. Lisa Gerrard says it well…

  85. 268 Nena20409
    December 14, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Bill, my sincerest sympathy. CTGirl, my condolences to you and your family for the loss of your beloved Papa. And for the loss of a child, your friend’s child, my prayers to her family. May God bring strength to all of you. Cherish always the ones you Love. Hug them and kiss them. Tell them always how much you love and appreciate them.

    Love always.

  86. 269 PrayerWarriorforObama
    December 14, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    This week had been an enjoyable one for me, up to the moment when my neighbour called me at work this afternoon and told me of this dreadful tragedy in the USA. I use the word ‘enjoyable’ because I had to attend all our elementary schools’ Christmas concert in my role as Education Officer responsible for curriculum and examinations. And at every event, the stars were the five to ten year olds. They were fearless and funny, and their exuberance at been in the spotlight was transmitted to us, the audience. We couldn’t help but respond with cheers, heart-felt laughter and love. These are the stars that will brighten our future existence. I was happy.

    And then the news of the senseless slaughter of American innocence reached us, and everyone of us at the Ministry of Education became speechless and heartbroken. Eyes welled with unstoppable tears, for some have children as young as those killed in Connecticut. We all expressed our wishes of healing and comfort for the affected parents, relatives and the nation.

    To the members of this virtual family, and to the entire US population, please know that we, here in Montserrat, are praying for you, that your tears will wash away your sorrow and that time will heal your hearts. Scripture states, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”. Scripture also says of our children, “Forbid them not to come unto me, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”. Those little angels are back in the arms of their Creator. Yes, you are hurting, but again, scripture comforts us with these words, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning”.

    I also extends words of comfort to CTGirl on the passing of her dad.

  87. December 14, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    All shootings are tragic, all massacres horrific.

    I thought Aurora was the apex of evil, but this is so much worse. Memories embed themselves in children’s brains; the younger they are (above toddler age), the more they are permanent.

    You wake in the morning as a mother with a troubled 20-year-old son and die at his hands along with nearly 3 dozen others.

    And the rightwing are busy feeling sorry for themselves (see @joshtpm for link to RW blog condemning PBO for speaking about today’s horror while “silent about Union violence in Michigan”).

    Speechless beyond comprehension, cannot bring myself to embed a tweet with a link to this vile posting.

    For those who believe laxly regulated guns are part of American life, here’s an LAT article about the OK Corral from last year “Gun laws were tougher in old Tombstone”

    And finally, I do not understand how gun ownership (the right to buy and bear arms) is related to regulating the bearing of arms in public spaces. I own a butcher knife, but I don’t take it with me wherever I go.

    And how this right is any way impeded by outlawing automatic weapons capable of firing huge amounts of ammo in seconds?

  88. December 14, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    And… just when you think the Rethugs could get worse:
    Gun Owners of America head Larry Pratt: “Gun control supporters have the blood of little children on their hands”

  89. 277 dudette9t9
    December 14, 2012 at 7:23 pm


  90. December 14, 2012 at 7:27 pm

  91. December 14, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    I am very new to this community but it seems to many people part of this community and loved ones have left earth way to soon, especially those innocent people in Newton. Quite frankily, I have been trying to come up with some kind of summation to make sense of these things, post info as it comes in and well….. I dont know seems pointless. The only silver lining I can think of is we are fortunate enough to have our own sort of *therapy* group to get things of our chest even if it comes with the anonymity of behind a computer screen. So I thank you all for that.

  92. 283 yardarm756
    December 14, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    • December 14, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      On the previous thread I posted that I made 6 calls this afternoon to TN reps. Had an ugly experience w/the aide in Stephen Fincher’s office. Note he is listed first on this list from the NRA. I also said on Facebook that if EVERY person who is so sad and angry would make calls CHANGE would occur. I reminded them that it is WE the PEOPLE and up to us to push this movement.

  93. 287 proudmemberofglobalzero
    December 14, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    CTGirl…I am so sorry for your and especially your friends loss. As a mother…I lost my breath just missing my son under the cloths rack in a store while shopping. I cannot even imagine what it would be to lose a child. We as parents are suppose to go first.

    This happened to my school a few years ago. We had a code Red Lock down. That is lock your students in the closet in your classrooms with all lights off. We had to make sure our classroom doors were lock, lights off, children in the closet with lights out and door locked.

    Yes. we had a gunman on campus. Seems there was an armed robbery down the street…four gunman involved and one wound up on our campus. I was walking with one of the students I mentored. WE saw the gunman at the LOCKED door through the window at the side of the building. Four long hours later we were allowed out.

    • December 14, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      What a frightening experience! Thank heavens that you were safe out of that incident, and sad that every time this happens, you have to remember what happened to you.

      I kind of wish the media wasn’t publicizing the “kids in the closet” plan, because these criminals don’t need a map of where the kids will be in the case of another emergency like this.

  94. 289 forus50
    December 14, 2012 at 7:50 pm

  95. 290 dotster3
    December 14, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Latest reporting makes clear that a lot of the initial reporting was misleading. I thought the shooter’s mother was a kindergarten teacher and killed in the classroom The shooter’s mother was shot in the face at home and was never a teacher, may have volunteered at the school some time in the past. I thought the killer killed his father in Hoboken, N.J.—-father is alive and being interviewed by police, same with the brother, who works for Ernst and Young, both not expected to have any role in the horror today. I thought the brother was the “2nd suspect” which was shown being taken down by the police outside the school. I don’t know who that was. And a relative said the shooter was obviously mentally ill. Yes, obviously. Why didn’t the family make sure he was getting the mental health help he needed, hospitalized even since he was very ill. I always wonder about the family role in these kind of cases. There are always signs that these mass killers are seriously ill before they commit these horrendous acts—–like the perpetrator in the Gabby Giffords case. He was obviously horribly obviously mentally ill to one and all and no one, his family primarily, made sure he was being treated so he could do no harm to others. Families have an obligation to get mental health help for their family members, just as they would for any kind of health problem. The people who act out in these horrific, tragic ways do not just wake up one day as a monster. The signs have been there for years.

    • 291 FoxfireTX
      December 14, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      May I suggest you’re being somewhat harsh without knowing the facts? This was a 20 year old which in this country means he was a free adult. Mental illness is like so many other illnesses, you cannot help someone who does not help themselves, and unless you can prove they are an imminent danger to society you cannot lock them up, force them to take meds, etc. Moreover, as a society we have cut mental health treatment and services for the last 20 years. Is it any wonder we have so many people who need help that are not getting treatment? We need to answer for these tragedies as a society. As Joey B says, our budgets reflect our priorities and mental health services have fallen way down the list.

      • 292 dotster3
        December 14, 2012 at 8:31 pm

        Harsh? Sorry—strongly disagree.. He did not just wake up at age 20 with mental illness. AS a relative described him tonight, he was obviously mentally ill. The family knew it. The signs had likely been there for years, as is usually the case. They had an obligation to seek help for their own, same as if he had a broken leg or a bad heart.

      • 293 sabreen60
        December 14, 2012 at 8:38 pm

        I remember Reagan cutting funding for mental institutions. The fact is many violent criminals in prisons are mentally challenged. They are locked away in prisons because there are not enough mental facilities to house and treat them. Also, lets be real. It’s harder for black and brown young men to get help. Many in jails are also illiterate. The country has a problem. We have over 1 million people in prison. Of course, the Repubs love the fact that so much money can be made off locking up people in private prisons.

    • December 14, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      Sometimes families don’t know what to do. They either don’t know what questions to ask or don’t trust doctors. Sometimes they can’t even afford the help.

  96. 295 Smoothscotch
    December 14, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    This has to STOP. GUN CONTROL NOW. I just heard about this, walked in turned on the TV and just cried.

  97. 297 cluny
    December 14, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    To Bill, CTgirl and all those who have suffered unspeakable loss and tragedy – my thoughts are with you.

    In the coming days a name and shame campaign of congress members in the pocket of the NRA would go a long way towards educating and informing the general public. I am convinced that once in possession of the facts American people everywhere will demand action. Perhaps Bloomberg and some rich pals can fund a PSA series of ads around the country? That would be a good start if he were serious about addressing the problem and counteracting the NRA propaganda that has been allowed to flourish unchecked. I am certain that PBO will move on gun control.

  98. 298 99ts
    December 14, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    I live in a country with a population less than 10% than that of the US – but we implemented gun control after a massacre that killed (from memory) 36 people. The Washington Post had an article about it back in August. It would be difficult to do in the US – but surely not impossible if congress worked as a unit (is that even possible at the minute) and everyone works towards that goal.

    Perhaps when it seems impossible – it is the time to be active. When a country has the death of its own children to consider – perhaps there can be some hope – It was the parent who lost his children in the Port Arthur tragedy who fought with his heart & soul to get the weapons out of Australian homes.


    My thoughts are all with the parents and family – and the President who cares so much as a parent and a President.

    • 299 0388jojothecat
      December 14, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      Unfortunately congress (house of representatives) works as little as possible and if PBO wants it, then it won’t happen. They barely get things done that they agree should get done.

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