It’s been a difficult day, Clutchettes.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the families that were affected by today’s tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

If this does not serve as a catalyst for our country to have a serious conversation about America’s culture of violence and the need for sensible gun control, I don’t know what will.

President Obama appears to agree. During a press conference earlier today, a tearful Mr. Obama told reporters politicians must “take meaningful action” as a result of this, and other tragedies, that have occurred in our recent history.

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  • http://valsotherblog.wordpress.com Val

    I too am glad that the President mentioned making changes. These tragedies just keep piling up. At some point gun control has to be apart of the conversation. No individual needs a gun that can fire 12, 15 or 18 times before reloading. And no one needs a gun that has magazines for quick reloading. Also, no one needs assault rifles. If a person wants a gun, that gun should not be capable of firing more than six times. If that was the case then mass shootings would be almost impossible.

    And, I was also glad that the President mentioned the gun violence in Chicago.

  • http://theaaridan.tumblr.com TheMuseintheMirror

    It’s been a tough day for us all. It will be a tough time for a while for all of us…most definitely the families of the victims. My heart and my prayers go out to everyone directly and indirectly affected.

    And please, everyone hug your loved ones. You just never know. Much love everyone. Smooches and Hugs.

    Clutch, I’m so glad you posted this story in a timely manner…something must be done.

  • http://gravatar.com/missinformation7 Ms. Information

    THIS is where gun control matters…also I think that so many other crimes are racialized…white men commit these mass murders 99% of the time…something must be done.

  • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

    gun control is not going to happen.
    it might affect the profit of the gun manufactures.

  • http://gravatar.com/gennatay gennatay

    I agree with you 1000% It is getting to the point were there may not be a tragedy big enough in this nation that will make this country realize that we need stricter gun controls. I am praying that it happens and that the 18 lives of those innocent children are not in vain.

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    My heart hurts over this senseless tragedy. I can’t even imagine how their parents/families feel…so awful..I am all for stricker laws on gun control but let’s be realistic laws and sanctions are only half of the equation. Because you still have arms that is illegally used daily in crimes and accounts for more than half of crimes going on. You can get a gun faster than you can get a darn soda in some neighborhoods. So I agree something has to be done but on BOTH fronts on this war of violence/guns. And I already hear the oppositions where folks clutching to the second amendment but fail to know the history behind it…smh

  • GeekMommaRants

    We have an epidemic of mental illness in this country and China (same thing happened there today as well) Mental Illness is the cause not guns. Both horrors were babies being killed. This is madness.

  • http://britnidanielle.com/ Britni Danielle

    The fact that most mass shootings are typically committed by people who bought LEGAL guns tells us that we need to change how easily people can get weapons.

    I heard a stat on the news: 40% of guns are bought online without a background check. This cannot be good….for anyone.

  • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

    “Mental Illness is the cause not guns”

    guns facilitated the situation. whenever you find yourself saying the same thing as the NRA, you should check your self.

  • http://britnidanielle.com/ Britni Danielle

    Here’s an interesting thing. Today we had two school tragedies.

    In China a man stabbed 20+ people at school, including many children. None of the people attacked had life-threatening injuries.

    In America a man shot 20+ people at a school, including many children. At least 18 children and 9 adults are dead.

    What lesson can we draw from this?

  • http://gravatar.com/mimiandy1683 MimiLuvs

    I am actually expecting a long-winded PR-sanctioned comment from the NRA next.
    Off-topic: Any new exhibitions soon? In particular, the NYC area?

  • http://gravatar.com/niknique starr

    Today is just such a tragic sad day. I found myself crying a few times today cuz all i could think about was the fear those kids felt, their parents whose lives changed minutes or hours after dropping their kids off…..it really hurts

  • The Taker

    The saddest thing I’ve read, seen, heard all day. I don’t even know what to say… Those kids… They didn’t deserve this, neither did their families. It is extremely unfair to see how life and the world can be so completely effed up. Hope what the Mayans said was true. We seriously need a major do over. Now excuse me while I go off to finish draining the excess water leaking from my eyes.

  • binks

    Oh, I most definitely agree with you there Britini but I’ am looking at it from the perspective of both mass shooting where you said that the gun was legal and had an owner (in this tragedy the perpetrator’s mother) and individual shootings that happens every day in cities where people kill others with unregistered/black market guns too . We need to not only work on the obtaining of guns (both legally and illegally) but the type of guns obtained…ain’t (yes… ain’t…lol) no way in the world a person need to legally own a 9mm or glock. But as you mention this isn’t good for anyone, if we are going to get in this fight over gun control we all have to roll up our sleeves and prepared to get dirty and look at all perspectives. The signs of gun control was already there years before but was ignored.

  • Tiffy

    Better access to mental health services and better gun control laws go hand in hand and as far as im concerned until we see changes in both we will keep seeing these senseless killings. im from connecticut and of course this horrible event has been on not only the news channels but most of the basic channels all day and i keep thinking about my years in New Haven public schools. In most of our major city schools, new haven, bridgeport, hartford, they put metal detectors in though we all know most events like this happen in the suburbs. now after this has happened i hope our state will see to it that ALL our schools have metal detectors instead of just the mostly “ethnic” ones. Besides for that what happened to those innocent children was horrific and I hope we will all say a prayer for the families of the victims and the family of the shooter lets not be quick to judge them bc they possibly were as blindsided by this sick young man’s heinous actions as we all were….

  • Tiffy

    20 children 7 adults

  • http://britnidanielle.com/ Britni Danielle

    I definitely agree.

  • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

    naw, it’s too cold…..

  • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

    “What lesson can we draw from this?”

    there is no NRA in china?

  • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

    “this isn’t good for anyone”

    WRONG!

    it is very good for the people who make guns. C.R.E.A.M
    when is the last time you heard of a gun maker going bankrupt. it is straight up capitalism. guns are profitable.

  • Rochelle

    Found this post on a yahoo blog on this story. It kinda sums up how I feel about the families of people who commit these types of crimes.

    “This is always the case… AFTER the fact people come out of the woodwork and say ‘oh, he was odd’ ‘he talked about murder but I didn’t really think he was serious’ ‘He was depressed and hated people but that was *just who he was*”… until something terrible happens people are indifferent to the world around them. They are too busy with their facebook and twitter to notify the authorities when someone suddenly starts acting odd. The only way to prevent this from happening is public awareness. Just ask the mom who prevented the Twilight theater shooting by turning her son in BEFORE he did something. It CAN be prevented if people would just open their eyes and stop being so indifferent!”

    Now i don’t believe this can be prevented per se. But some blame lies within in mentally unstable’s family. Like the guy that just shot up the mall, I believe in Oregon. A few days before the shooting his close friend or family member or girlfriend said he gave away all his things. ALARM BELLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I mean come on, that is suicide, lunatic (some ish is about to pop off) 101.

    Now in this case, the brother said he had not spoken to him in years. Years. That tells you something. Maybe he knew is brother was crazy but to not speak to your own brother, who you know is looney tunes in years is acting indifferent.

    I had an ex who has a mentally unstable brother. Voices in his head, medications, extended visits for months in mental hospital, attacked him and his mom. But you know what, he trys to reach out to him. Take him to ball games, spend some time with him when he can, playing video games, etc.

    Also, if you have a crazy person in the house, why in the world have guns and ammo that he can get to.

    I think that is the real issue. People not giving a “flunk” even about their flesh and blood.

  • Rochelle

    It is a sad day indeed.

  • Michelle

    This was a sad day indeed. As a teacher, thinking that could have been my school or my students, brought me to tears. Pray for all the families & the children & the staff that have suffered this tragedy.

  • The Other Jess

    On this, i agree. in this case, guns definitely facilitated the situation. in china, 21 people were INJURED, NOT KILLED by a knife-weilding man. In connecticut, this random shooter had a gun making it easier to kill, which he accomplished.

  • justanotheropinion

    I hugged my 18 & 22 yrd old today (home from college). They thought I was crazy, but the time was overdue. Godspeed Newton, CT my prayers and thoughts are with you.

  • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

    dear black people : when you find yourself saying the exact same thing as the NRA, you need to stop and think……

  • __A

    I agree. I am not completely anti-gun though, but there should be more restrictions on the types of guns people are allowed to buy and how many.

    A lot of people get upset when you mention anything abobut guns, but these types of guns should not be available to people.

    All these children dead! It’s so sad and right before the holidays. It will be a very sad Christmas for the families. I can’t even imagine.

  • C

    I’m so sad. I feel so bad for what those people, especially the children had to go through, and definitely the families of those killed.

    And yesterday, here in Michigan, I heard that people are going to be allowed to get additional certification carry concealed weapons in schools and worship facilities.

  • http://www.be-quoted.com bequoted

    Not only is it sad. It’s ridiculous. I am really sick of this mess.

  • Joy

    Mimi: Have you been to Harlem’s new Cultural Center? It’s at 40 West 116th St

  • cupcakes and shiraz

    Word.

  • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

    if the elections were financed by the state the congress would not be for sale…..

  • May

    Its hard to really comprehend how someone would want to harm innocent children. The world we live in, is taking away the childhood of our children. Things will never be the same for our children, us as parents now realize that even in school they are not safe. Things has to change, we cannot afford to lose any more innocent children and people to another senseless tragedy. My heart goes out to the family and friend of those lives lost. My heart aches….

  • mluv

    Incredibly sad all the way around. And hits so close to home. Something has got to give. I’m hearing the killers mom has 6 guns in the house hold, 6? And the types of gun they were were something like out of an army. I just don’t understand why is the need for 6 guns in a house-hold? Something has got to change.

  • http://gabandgraffiti.wordpress.com marloweovershakespeare

    Worship facilities???? Do what now? And since when?

  • PAT

    The children!

    Something is stirring up fears in some White people, more than ever

    Maybe its time to start profiling White men..

  • Anthony

    When I heard about the killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School, it made me sick to my stomach because I have a daughter in first grade and one in fifth grade. I almost cried at the thought of those children being murdered. After being upset, I immediately thought that what needs to happen is the return of the Assault weapons ban that Bill Clinton passed. We need to limit magazines to 10 rounds and we need to make it illegal for anyone carrying a gun to have a spare magazine on his or her person. We also need to demand that any magazine over ten rounds be turned in and those found in possession of large magazines be subject to criminal prosecution. If guns do not have excess capacity, no one can engage in an extended shooting rampage, no matter what kind of gun they use.

    Finally, I would like to say that the fact that this country has tolerated daily killings in the nations ghettoes, urban and rural, has set up what happened in Newtown, Connecticut. If a nation does no value the lives of black and brown children, it is inevitable that white children will eventually get caught in the crossfire too.

  • Nigerian sista

    This is just too sad.. Again, this is the main reason i chose not to live in the US. Any tom,dick and harry can carry a gun. How many more times will this kind of thing happen in the US before they scrap the gun law???

  • Anthony

    You better stay out of Kaduna or the Middle Belt in your own country too. From the time I spent in Nigeria, there seemed to be a fair amount of communal violence and tension, and violent crime was not all that uncommon either.

    That said, I agree that gun laws are much too lax in my country.

  • Zan

    I am so sad for those families. And re the gun control discussion, in my third world Caribbean country, you can be a legal firearm holder. But there is a regulatory authority that processes gun licensing. The serial number is recorded and assigned, they do background checks, you have to have clear and valid reasons why you need a gun. And THEN you get it. Therefore, if your gun is found in relation to a crime, you can be charged. The other day a public figure was charged for negligence because he “lost” his gun and it was found in the hands of criminals.

    People are crazy, times are serious. Don’t act like it isn’t.

    And why did his mother have semi-automatic rifles at home??? She’s a war vet or something? smh.

  • Billy Paul

    Interesting comment; however, allow me to add the following:
    - one’s eagerness to relinquish their legal firearms may only be overshadowed by their eagerness to die;
    - one may argue that it is only those that are suffering from negro assimilationist fantasies that believe “their” government can and will always protect them (see Hurricane Katrina and Sandy victims); and
    - it is a grave error to think that we Coloreds can reason with those that, on a whole, have shown nothing but contempt for our group.

    Carry on, Family.

  • Tawnymarie

    I truly commend President Obama standing up and representing America and the grief we share with the Victims of Conneticut, but I have a question in the back of my mind I want to ask, when is he going to address the violence that are taking our youth that our prodominatly Black, out by the records in his hometown Chicago? This unnoticed epidemic has been going way before the violence that have struck these Towns, and we really need him to say a few tear moving, concerned words in regards to this.

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