“I will talk to you in my prayers”

A letter 6-year-old Jack Pinto’s best friend wrote him after Sandy Hook


Now Is The Time

88 Responses to ““I will talk to you in my prayers””

  1. 1 carolmaewy
    January 28, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Hi everybody.

  2. January 28, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    I can imagine one of my Storytime kids writing that. Heartbreaking, and so unnecessary.

  3. 4 carla4obama
    January 28, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Bill Stevens, of Newtown, who has a daughter in town schools, promised that in the case of a home invasion, he would be calling 911 after first shooting the people threatening his family.
    He paraphrased a famous gun-rights quotation: “I will tell you here today, you will take my ability to protect my Victoria from my cold, dead hands,” Stevens said to the applause of supporters at about 5:30 p.m.”

    Read more: http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Father-of-Newtown-victim-heckled-at-hearing-4228992.php#ixzz2JKnBoaGn

    So how does ANY of the proposals Obama has made effect this man in protecting his family?? I simply do not understand their logic!!!

    • January 28, 2013 at 11:17 pm

      Yeah, because in the case of a home invasion he’ll have time to get his gun, if he’s even home. It’s the “Red Dawn” fantasy.

      • 6 jackiegrumbacher
        January 29, 2013 at 8:07 am

        This fantasy is so prevalent it’s as if people were brainwashed into the same cult. Anyone who has children should not keep a loaded gun where it’s easily accessible. Even if you don’t have children, a loaded gun can cause so-called ‘accidents’ hurting the gun owner and anyone else in the house. So–in the case of the mythical invasion–you have to get to the gun, find the bullets, load it and then have such accurate aim and steady nerves that you hit the intruder, rather than a family member. How much easier to have a burglar alarm–or run out the nearest door and call 911. It’s all fantasy. And these dreams of killing people really get me. Breaking and entering does not merit a death sentence,but these people are saying they have no problem whatsoever actually murdering someone. Even members of my own extended family have this wacko idea. It makes me sick.

    • 7 nospin
      January 28, 2013 at 11:24 pm

      this is actually a good thing. It only reinforces the validity of the need for common sense laws. The majority (to include responsible gun owners) are paying attention to this issue and comments like this only serves to highlight the BS rhetoric.

      What the heck does protecting your home have to do with random folks on the street or babies in schools getting shot? Absolutely nothing.

    • 8 utaustinliberal
      January 29, 2013 at 6:39 am

      He’s a nonsensical moron.

  4. 9 nospin
    January 28, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    congrats carolmaewy. I was on this link for at least a few mins but stopped to re-read the letter. lololol

    • 10 carolmaewy
      January 29, 2013 at 11:43 am

      Thanks for letting me go first. I had bee watching movies and was checking my iPad when the notice. Just to competitive to read first. It was so sad to read this.

  5. 11 desertflower
    January 28, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Children are born perfect. Heartbreaking….we must do right by these children..each and every one.

    • 12 99ts
      January 28, 2013 at 11:19 pm

      I have suddenly had such a memory of “talking to folks” in my prayers when I was young – there are so many ways we protect our children from sadness, yet sometimes it just doesn’t work.

  6. 13 99ts
    January 28, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    When will I ever learn to stop chatting on the old thread – sigh

  7. 14 Dudette
    January 28, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Such a sweet child. Wish I could hug him.

  8. 19 nospin
    January 28, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    you would think the media would focus on gun controls and safety, instead the discussion is about PO showing up with Hillary Clinton and whether or not she will run in 2016.

    my take .. . . who cares? If Ride or Die Joe is running. . . that is who I will be voting for. He stood by PO and I will stand by him.

    • 20 kmackt
      January 28, 2013 at 11:25 pm

      My thoughts exactly

    • 21 jackiegrumbacher
      January 29, 2013 at 8:11 am

      Couldn’t agree more, nospin. And, frankly, I’m sick to death of presidential election talk. We just had one. It’s time to focus on local elections and the mid-years, not to mention the evil maneuvering of the GOP to rig future elections. All of this is laziness on the part of the media and an attempt to deflect people’s attention from real issues. They thrive when the populace is dumb and easily distracted.

  9. January 28, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Father of Newton, CT boy who passed away and heckled today…. I cant do this anymore. GN TOD family, my heart is broken.

  10. January 28, 2013 at 11:28 pm

  11. 28 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 28, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    I look at the pictures of my four grandchildren (ages 4 – 11) and I just can’t imagine the horror that the child survivors must relive.

    There are no words…

    • 30 nathkatun7
      January 29, 2013 at 12:51 am

      Yardarm, thanks for always finding some songs that fit the moment. How can any human being not shade tears after reading John’s letter to Jack, or listening to the unimaginable pain Mr. Heslin is going through after the loss of his wonderful 6 year-old, Jesse whose life was cut shot by gun terror? Who are these cold hearted. evil, people who heckled him? Do they have children? Have they ever lost a 6 year-old to gun terror? Our country is in dire need of a gifted writer, comparable to Charles Dickens, who can capture the reality of the “TWO AMERICAS.” One America is decent, loving, generous, compassionate and caring-basically good people; the other America is cold-hearted, selfish, hateful, indifferent-basically evil!

  12. 35 majiir
    January 29, 2013 at 12:29 am

    After reading this letter, my heart hurts. It hurts for the little boy who wrote the letter and the friends and families of the victims. What also weighs heavily on my heart is the unconcern and lack of humanity of some of the pro-gun activists. It reminds me of Joseph Welch’s question to Joe McCarthy:”At long last, have you NO sense of decency?” I was raised to have sympathy and empathy for others, and it’s hard for me to see the callousness of the NRA and its’ supporters who are pretending that America doesn’t have a gun violence problem, and who are blaming Hollywood and video games for gun violence. SMH.

  13. 38 amk for obama
    January 29, 2013 at 12:37 am

  14. January 29, 2013 at 1:18 am

    Rest well friends …

    Yes We Can

  15. 42 sonjiaduncan
    January 29, 2013 at 2:24 am

    I found this shocking.

    “In the 45 days since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, 3,600 people have died because of gun violence,” said Lefkowitz, who demonstrated in Washington 12 years ago during the “Million Mom March.”
    Since then, 360,000 have died.

    Read more: http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Father-of-Newtown-victim-heckled-at-hearing-4228992.php#ixzz2JLSemMxZ

  16. 43 99ts
    January 29, 2013 at 5:02 am

    “The grand Republican win of 2010 was the product of unusual circumstances: more than one third of all votes cast were cast by voters over 60, the oldest electorate in any election since 1982.” (article from Frum at the Daily Beast)

    And that was something I didn’t know – so all the people on Social Security and Medicare want a government that doesn’t want Social Security and Medicare – or did they just want to vote against Health Care – because they have it – and why should the rest of the country be allowed to join up.

    I quite like compulsory voting – interesting that the right party of Australian Politics is trying to drop the compulsory rule – easy to see why that would be.

    • 44 amk for obama
      January 29, 2013 at 6:06 am

      How is the flood situation now, 99ts ? You ok?

      • 45 99ts
        January 29, 2013 at 8:40 am

        North and south of me – not good – we’re fine – stopped raining, so roof stopped leaking. Have power. A couple of friends who bought generators after the last flood are disappointed that we didn’t lose power – just can’t please some folks!

        The elements seem to have the better of us – worldwide – even the TV news is quoting a very Australian poem

        I love a sunburnt country,
        A land of sweeping plains,
        Of ragged mountain ranges,
        Of droughts and flooding rains.

        We ended an 8 year drought with a flood in 2011 – and it’s been raining ever since.

    • 46 Lynn
      January 29, 2013 at 6:24 am

      Too bad some Americans are not as advanced as our Australian friends, 99ts.

      • 47 99ts
        January 29, 2013 at 8:43 am

        I’m not sure that “advanced” is the right word. Most places don’t have compulsory voting – I have no idea as to why it happened here – but it sure avoids the GOTV effort.

  17. 48 amk for obama
    January 29, 2013 at 7:11 am

  18. 51 amk for obama
    January 29, 2013 at 7:19 am

  19. 52 amk for obama
    January 29, 2013 at 7:22 am

  20. 56 Elly in Maryland
    January 29, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Thanks for the nudge – I just made my first contribution to Gabby Giffords’ PAC. The only thing these people understand is money and power, so I think it’s terrific that Gabby and her husband are fighting back with money against the NRA. It occurs to me that I don’t know if the Brady group (can’t remember the official name) operates as a PAC, too, or if they only do other types of gun control activities.

  21. January 29, 2013 at 7:35 am

    I so admire this man. The fact that he can push through his overwhelming grief to try to improve our quality of life is amazing. I lost a son, and it took me years to get to a place where i could step out of my grief and do something out of my comfort zone.

  22. 59 amk for obama
    January 29, 2013 at 7:42 am

  23. 60 amk for obama
    January 29, 2013 at 7:43 am

  24. 61 desertflower
    January 29, 2013 at 7:52 am

    http://crooksandliars.com/bluegal-aka-fran/open-thread-496 What the poster says:

    We reduced drunk driving accidents without a total ban on alcohol. Then again, we didn’t think more alcohol was the solution to drunk driving.

  25. January 29, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Senate to vote on Kerry nomination today! Wow. That did not take long.

    Calling Governor Deval?

    • 63 99ts
      January 29, 2013 at 8:57 am

      They so want an election in Massachusetts – the President could get any sitting Senator confirmed very quickly.

  26. 64 Dudette
    January 29, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Good Morning Everyone!
    Apologies if this is a repeat…

    President Obama Offers Encouragement As LGBT Movement Reflects On Progress
    By Zack Ford on Jan 28, 2013 at 9:04 am

    This weekend, over 3,000 LGBT activists and allies gathered in Atlanta, Georgia for the 25th Annual National Conference on LGBT Equality, Creating Change. Every year, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force President Rea Carey delivers a “State of the Movement” address to the conference, but before she did on Friday, President Obama offered a special video message

  27. 66 desertflower
    January 29, 2013 at 8:07 am


    There’s a brief scene in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket in which the new recruits, led by Gunnery Sgt. Hartman, chant in unison, “This is my rifle, this is my gun. This is for fighting, this is for fun.” On the words “gun” and “fun” the privates grab their, well, privates, letting the audience know that there’s a Marine-Corp-specific semantic distinction between the words “rifle” and “gun.”

    Unfortunately, too many pro-gun American men don’t know the difference and this is a central problem in the process of redefining the purpose and availability of firearms in America. Men, whether intentional or not, tend to confuse their guns for their penises. The bigger the gun/penis, the more masculine they are. Guns have become penis extensions, if not penis substitutes, and the phallic similarities are obvious.

    Consequently, our gun culture too often blurs the line between masculinity and firearms, even among people who ought to know better. If you own, hunt, shoot, or generally fetishize firearms, it’s considered to be synonymous with being a tough, virile guy. Likewise, if you’re opposed to guns or, dare I say, afraid of guns, you’re considered girlish or — heaven forbid — gay. From a very early age, men are taught that guns are a manly-man guy thing. Hunting and shooting are manly activities, we’re told, and any dude who’s packing heat is a total badass because guns are badass. (Killing animals for pure sport is another issue for another day.)

    • 67 dotster3
      January 29, 2013 at 8:49 am

      That is my belief also. And the more I see these gun nuts behave so outrageously at any talk of sensible gun legislation, it confirms this, as they act if someone is talking about removing their peenies. Men who are not obsessive about guns are more secure in their manhood, do not feel the need to strut around with a gun substitute in their pants or an arsenal in their homes, making up for an inferiority complex.

  28. 68 Dudette
    January 29, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Might be just me, but this is funny!

    Bay Buchanan quits TV punditry, takes online real estate class after Romney’s ‘brutal’ loss

    • 69 amk for obama
      January 29, 2013 at 8:28 am

      Finally, do some work for a change. I wish all the pundtwits would lose their easy gigs and line up at the employment exchanges.

    • 70 Bill
      January 29, 2013 at 8:48 am

      I liked the part where she called herself a “charming person”.

    • January 29, 2013 at 8:50 am

      This had me ROFL:

      “Being somebody that they kind of know will be a real positive and, as you know, I’m just a charming person,” Buchanan insisted…

    • 72 99ts
      January 29, 2013 at 9:01 am

      It was so tough because they expected to win it – WHY on this planet did they expect to win it – did they really all believe their own propaganda?

    • 73 anniebella
      January 29, 2013 at 10:22 am

      Sure won’t miss Pat’s sister, just like I didn’t miss him. Pat and Bay are racists conservatives right wing people.

  29. 75 Dudette
    January 29, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Better late than never, I guess:

    U.S. watchdog agency blasts executive pay at bailed-out firms

  30. January 29, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Oh boy, looks like Chuckie is at it again…

  31. 77 amk for obama
    January 29, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Egypt’s army chief warns of ‘state collapse’ amid crisis.


    • January 29, 2013 at 8:55 am

      A very scary situation – democracy is messy! Unlike Richard Engel, I still think we did the right thing… we stand on the right side of history.

  32. January 29, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Kids have a simple way of making profound connections real.

    • 80 swbluega
      January 29, 2013 at 8:56 am

      I was just thinking how children have a way of putting things in simple terms. Their insightfulness truly touches our emotions.

  33. 82 utaustinliberal
    January 29, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Does anyone have an idea of what time Pres. Obama is speaking in Las Vegas today?

    • 86 desertflower
      January 29, 2013 at 9:04 am

      Always EXCLUDING someone…like certain people shouldn’t have the same rights as everyone else….I really hope that this incarnation of the Reptilian Party goes into the dustbin of history.

    • 87 anniebella
      January 29, 2013 at 10:42 am

      I don’t trust anything John McCain is involved in.

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