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Friday's mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut is eliciting outrage, shock and sadness. Share your comments here.

Gun control. Mental health services. School security.

Emotions are strong and opinions on many topics are flowing following Friday's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Here's an open forum for our Patch community. Tell us what you think in the comments section below. You can also leave your messages of sympathy and condolence.

Just, please, be respectful and thoughtful. No name calling. No rudeness. Offensive comments will be deleted.

Thank you.

Jamie T. December 20, 2012 at 11:37 PM
I don't have children of my own. I work in a school almost 2,000 miles away from where this happened. That Friday, we had a snow day, and I was with two of my friends. We all work at the same school. We were lounging around on the floor, watching a movie and making goodie bags for the 5th graders when we heard the news. My school is a private, Catholic school with less than 400 students K-12. I know every student in the high school, and a good number of the younger children as well. When I heard what had happened, my heart felt like it was breaking. I was stunned, speechless...crying as my friend read aloud one of the news reports. I wanted to go and find all of my kids and hug them. I wanted to forget every time I grew irritated with them or sent them out into the hall. I wanted them to know that even though this tragedy happened far from the doors of our school, we would stand united with the students and community of Sandy Hook. Yes, I don't have children of my own flesh, but every student who comes through my classroom door is my child. I couldn't fathom losing a student, or a child, or a sibling in this massacre and I am not going to pretend like I understand what it is like. I don't, and I pray I never will. I love teaching, my job, my kids...so many little details that only my fellow teacher friends get. I can't imagine what the CT community is going through. I don't know how I can help except to protect my kids from all I can with what I have.
Kenc Ranec December 21, 2012 at 01:49 AM
You are right, of course. But in the aftermath of the Newtown massacre, it is hard not to over-respond to people like some of the ones above. Seems like they can not follow the original discussion line, gun violence in US, and either mumble, or are parroting rehearsed lines of the hard right fringe.
Jamie T. December 21, 2012 at 04:42 AM
You have a poor understanding of our Constitution then, and while I don't particularly care from which country you hail, I would appreciate it if you at least tried to understand our Constitution. It's a living document, meaning that it can change over time. Our founding fathers established with the Constitution a form of government that would last over time and could be adapted to fit those times. However, the document itself is original,and the bill of rights was established so that the Constitution would not crumble like earlier governments. 2nd amendment included. Yes, many things have changed in society since 1791, but there again, we made provisions for those very changes. The SCOTUS decides constitutionality, meaning they hear cases and interpret the Constitution to decide what the best ruling would be. It's not always perfect, but it at least comes close. I am not for banning guns, but I do think better legislation could be written to protect people.And those will be long discussions, as they should be. And, one would hope, bipartisan.
Kenc Ranec December 22, 2012 at 07:22 AM
To Jamie T. Re understanding your Constitution: I "hail" from Canada (I said it before). What is there to understand? 20 children dead because you can not check the NRA and Gun Lobby? Obviously your 2nd amendmnet does nor work. Change it!
Kenc Ranec December 22, 2012 at 07:25 AM
To Jamie T. Re understanding your Constitution: I "hail" from Canada (I said it before). What is there to understand? 20 children dead because you can not check the NRA and Gun Lobby? Obviously your 2nd amendment does nor work. Change it! Sorry, repeat with the right spelling.

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