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The Friday evil reigned

The Friday evil reigned

Post ID: 37096 | POSTED ON: Dec 17, 2012
 
 
LOS ANGELES — I’ve spent the last few days since Friday thinking about Adam Lanza and Newtown, Connecticut, but mainly about a group of 26 innocents who will join the angels in heaven, but won’t be able to open their Christmas presents this year. Or ever again. As most know, the 20-year-old Lanza, or the monster as I prefer to call him, took his mother’s supposedly legally bought guns, the mother he had murdered in her bed just earlier, to a nearby school called Sandy Hook Elementary School that was teeming with youngsters. Not teenagers. Children. Young, young children. Six and seven years old. The doors were locked but the monster shot his way in gunning down two administrators who tried to stop him before he continued on his mission of horror. By the time the monster maneuvered his way down the hallways and into classrooms 20 kids were killed . They were called first graders. First grade. Just out of kindergarten and halfway to second grade. Dead. And don’t forget the brave teachers who died in action shielding their charges from the monster. In his weekly address to the nation, President Obama talked about the Newtown tragedy. “This weekend, Michelle and I are doing what I know every parent is doing – holding our children as close as we can and reminding them how much we love them. There are families in Connecticut who can’t do that today. And they need all of us now,” Obama said. “Because while nothing can take the place of a lost child or loved one, all of us can extend a hand to those in need – to remind them that we are there for them; that we are praying for them.” While the president’s words were thoughtful and hopefully comforting to those who lost loved ones, perhaps it’s time that mayors and communities begin to bring pressure upon Washington regarding guns and mental health. While the guns the monster used were supposedly purchased legally, why on earth did his mother not have them locked up before they were turned on her and 27 other people including the monster son, especially since he was perceived as mentally ill by others including his own brother? Mayors, particularly New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg have forcefully spoken out about gun regulation – and it’s not “gun control” to all my former NRA members, an organization I left many, many years ago. It’s regulation, meaning we don’t need assault rifles on our streets and deer hunters do not need 30 round clips, unless they’re that bad of shots. Heck, I had a double-barrel 20 gauge to bring home some grouse for dinner. Didn’t need a banana clip. It’s time, after Newtown, Tucson, Virginia Tech and how many more that mayors, cities and their residents say to D.C. — stop the madness. In the name of God, stop and get serious about solving this. I thought it would have been done after Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy were gunned down in 1968. Forty-four years later, I guess it was too late for those 26 innocents who were gunned down. And as the president put it, “God has called them home.” I suggest we put that call on hold. Permanently.

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