December 16, 2012

Please remember these names

My heart, like yours has been breaking since I heard about the Newtown tragedy.  I think it's important to remember these children and their hero teachers.

 Charlotte Bacon, Feb. 22, 2006 
 Daniel Barden, Sept. 25, 2005
 Rachel Davino, July 17, 1983
 Olivia Engel, July 18, 2006
 Josephine Gay, Dec. 11, 2005 
 Ana M. Marquez-Greene, April 4, 2006
 Dylan Hockley, March 8, 2006
 Dawn Hochsprung, June 28, 1965
 Madeleine F. Hsu, July 10, 2006 
 Catherine V. Hubbard, June 8, 2006 
 Chase Kowalski, Oct. 31, 2005 
 Jesse Lewis, June 30, 2006
 James Mattioli, March 22, 2006 
 Grace McDonnell, Nov. 4, 2005 
 Anne Marie Murphy, July 25, 1960 
 Emilie Parker, May 12, 2006 
 Jack Pinto, May 6, 2006 
 Noah Pozner, Nov. 20, 2006 
 Caroline Previdi, Sept. 7, 2006
 Jessica Rekos, May 10, 2006 
 Avielle Richman, Oct. 17, 2006
 Lauren Rousseau, June of 1982 
 Mary Sherlach, Feb. 11, 1956 
 Victoria Soto, Nov. 4, 1985 
 Benjamin Wheeler, Sept. 12, 2006 
 Allison N. Wyatt, July 3, 2006


I don't think it's important for us to remember the shooter.

I also agree with Morgan Freeman.

Morgan Freeman's brilliant take on what happened :

 "You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here's why.

 It's because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single *victim* of Columbine? Disturbed people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he'll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.

CNN's article says that if the body count "holds up", this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer's face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer's identity? None that I've seen yet. Because they don't sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you've just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.

 You can help by forgetting you ever read this man's name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem. You can help by turning off the news."

Please remember these names.
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