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There is already a Wikipedia article posted on the shootings at the elementary school in Newtown.

What the FUCK is wrong with people?

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kamau_d_lyon
Dec. 14th, 2012 11:59 pm (UTC)
Good question, no answer.
You know how to reach me if you and the family need help dealing with this.
kls_eloise
Dec. 15th, 2012 12:57 am (UTC)
Sigh.

You see, that's home. My hometown is next door, where my parents still live. I learned to drive on those roads, marched on the Newtown football field with band. It's way to close to home. That and Charlotte being the age she is, the visual is horrifying.

I burned a little bit of vacation time and picked Charlotte up early. Got the running full-body hug. That's the best medicine.
kamau_d_lyon
Dec. 15th, 2012 03:07 am (UTC)
Absolutely the best thing for both of you. Her age was one of the things that brought you to mind when I first heard it. I didn't make the connection (hometown next door) with you however. If I'd have had your phone number I'd have called to make sure you were OK even before knowing that. The two of you hug each other tight tonight, as you said Best Medicine for crazy world events.
kls_eloise
Dec. 15th, 2012 03:53 am (UTC)
Thank you - it's a comfort to be thought of. I should make sure you've got all the contact info for the future though - just because.

We sat on the couch, watched silly YouTube videos, then watched "Rudolph" on television.

Luckily, tomorrow I'm going to be very busy. In the morning I have to restack the woodpile, and then I have a birthday gathering.

I'm just glad that she's not old enough to understand what she sees on the news.
kebbykate
Dec. 15th, 2012 03:16 pm (UTC)
I was thinking about you last night, because I did know it was your hometown neighborhood,that those roads are familiar to you, you might even have driven by that school.

I was also thinking about you because I remember your eloquent entry about going for your pistol permit a year or two ago. I know several responsible and thoughtful gun owners. My brother-in-law is one of them. He and I had a thoughtful conversation this morning, which helped me some.
kls_eloise
Dec. 17th, 2012 02:21 am (UTC)
In the end, I truly believe it isn't about guns. It's about illness, and society, and lots of things with lots of moving parts. The gun was just the blunt object - if it hadn't been available, there would have been something else. Unfortunately, none of that fits neatly into a sound bite.

It's hard. Every shot they show is somewhere I recognize, a road I've driven. Charlotte is *just* that age - I'll be registering her for kindergarten in January. It's all hitting at a very visceral spot that I'm fairly certain didn't exist before she was born.

Dropping her off tomorrow morning is going to be hard.
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