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Support for Newtown School Shooting Victims Pours In

Well-wishers from New York to abroad send thoughts, prayers and other support to Newtown.

NEWTOWN, CT -- In New Hampshire, a student created a makeshift candlelight memorial for the victims.

On Long Island, a neighborhood turned off its holiday lights in the wake of the shooting that killed , at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday.

A blogger from Atlanta wrote a riveting Christmas poem, where he asks Santa to "take my presents and change them into hugs. And throw them down their chimneys with all your Christmas love." More than 1,000 Facebook users have shared Brandon Kelley's post.

As Newtown residents take their first, tentative steps toward recovering from a shocking shooting spree that has gripped the nation, an outpouring of support continues to build. Already, more than 1,400 Patch users have posted this four-word comment — "I want to help" — on an article created for people seeking to get auto-notified about ways they can support this devastated community.

And the offers and expressions of support have been impressive.

Virginia's Emily R. Doll wrote a letter to Newtown. In it, she says that while she's never been here, "my heart shattered for you today in a way I can’t comprehend."

An American artist from 3,000 miles away in the far reaches of the Pacific Northwest wants to draw a keepsake portrait for every victim's family. 

And then there is Alysa White of Illinois, who created the Facebook group "Teddys for Newtown," which already has nearly 1,000 likes.

The 20-year old's simple, but loving, goal: Collect teddy bears for each of the children who attend Sandy Hook Elementary School.

stjamesBri December 18, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Much like the NRA, who has gone silent on the issue, you STILL haven't answered my question. Could you stand in front of those parents, with the views you've expressed here many times on the internet, and tell them that these types of weapons are a necessity and a right? I think not. And if you can't, then deep down you know they are not necessary.
John K Massaro December 18, 2012 at 07:35 PM
That's EXACTLY why the NRA has remained silent on the issue. There's absolutely NOTHING that the NRA can say or do at this point to legitimize this. Their silence alone speaks volumes. This is a disaster of Waco-like proportions for the NRA. Things will change this time...
John Gruber December 18, 2012 at 07:42 PM
As callous as it may sound, yes, I think I would be able to tell them. Because in reality, the guy had both handguns and a rifle so it really wouldn't make a difference what I say. Quite honestly, there's nothing wrong with taking a rifle and going big game hunting, people have done it for over a hundred years. They may not be necessary to these particular, but there are responsible people who use it correctly. I'd say the same to a parent who's child was killed by a speeding sports car.
John Gruber December 18, 2012 at 07:42 PM
just some food for thought http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/texas-school-guardian-plan-allows-teachers-guns-174238129.html
John Gruber December 18, 2012 at 07:44 PM
quote from a teacher who carries a gun at school: "As educators, we don't have to be police officers and learn about Miranda rights and related procedures. We just have to be accurate."
John Gruber December 18, 2012 at 07:59 PM
I personally think the only change will be that law abiding individuals will be even more at risk. You can't control people who don't follow the law with more laws. That's like giving glasses to a blind person. People intent on committing violence only respond to one thing, violence towards them. Can you imagine the increase in crime if criminals know that the everyday person can't legally protect themselves with anything?
stjamesBri December 18, 2012 at 10:09 PM
OK, John. You said you could stand in front of twenty couples and tell them that, regardless of what just happened to their six year olds (11 bullets each), these guns are still necessary. I don't know you so I have no reason not to believe you and I'll take you at your word. To be able to do that, well then you are A LOT better than the say nothing cowards at the NRA. I'm still not sure how you could but God bless you. Obviously we disagree on the need for assault weapons and I respect your well thought out opinion so I leave it at that. Just one last question, why in the world would anyone need to hunt with a gun that shoots 100 rounds in a matter of seconds? I'm not a hunter so I don't know. I always thought the less rounds the better so it doesn't destroy the animal, therefore the meat and the trophy are cleaner. Do people really machine gun down moose and elephants?
Smokestack Lightning December 19, 2012 at 12:25 AM
It does kinda take the"sport" out of it, doesn't it?
catman December 19, 2012 at 12:47 AM
We never had these kinds of problems back in the day when it was still legal to perform lobotomies on maniacs.Maybe we should go back to doing them again.
Emily Moon December 19, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Actually pampatriot The original scriptures said, "NOT MURDER". I do agree with a moment of quiet out of respect for God Almighty; however it's ultimately Parents responsible to teach their children; with regard to spiritual matters. That's what the scriptures say. 'We are living in the conclusion; so it's almost a wrap anyway.' I'm just saying',
John Gruber December 19, 2012 at 04:26 AM
I would not WANT to say those things but regardless, No gun that killer used could shoot a hundred rounds in a couple of seconds, and he had 2 handguns which could do just the same to 6 year olds. None were automatic. As far as the clips, it doesn't really matter to me one way or the other, small or large. If small is safer, by all means go limit the size. But whether a mentally ill person is behind the wheel of a car without a license or using a gun without a permit, they are just as dangerous, and that's not including the flat out criminals who use guns for personnel gains and not just violence
Emily Moon December 19, 2012 at 04:27 AM
If you watched the documentary on the lobotomies performed at Pilgrim State Mental Institution; you would NOT say that. I saw the documentary and it was beyond sad and horrifying. It made me cry so hard. Not everyone in Pilgrim State Mental hospital is even mental. You need to watch that documentary.
marianne krause December 19, 2012 at 05:05 AM
@emily this is not a right to life forum please keep it to yourself
Allie's Grandpa December 19, 2012 at 06:53 AM
Ms Krause, Emily Moon said NOTHING whatsoever about abortion, neither those supporting it (whether limited or unlimited), nor those opposed to it. Therefore, your comment to her is inappropriate; she replied to someone favoring lobotomies as a "solution" for mass murders, such as Newtown. Herr comment was appropriate, regardless of whether one agreed with what she wrote.
marianne krause December 23, 2012 at 04:29 AM
allies grandpa go find someone else to torment what is your basic inadquacy.... not smart enough to come back at anyone else ? there is a delete button in case you haven't noticed ....idiot see know you've down it you made me come down to your level
Support & Defend December 23, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Marianne, your comment makes you sound like one vicious puppy. Why are you so angry and irrational with other people? Allie's Grampa did not say anything offensive, and simply pointed out how your attack on another poster, where you diverted her comment - about the true effect of lobotomies - into some imagined "right to life" focus. He was just pointing out to you that your conclusion was unjustified, so why go and attack him for that?
Pam Robinson (Editor) December 23, 2012 at 05:33 AM
Please keep it civil. And yes, some inappropriate, off-topic comments have been flagged.
Argile December 23, 2012 at 06:36 AM
If they're flagged then do something about it. You have the same people day in and day out on forums like this that come in here to start trouble on a daily basis and do nothing but flame bait people like Hazel does. If you can't keep the trolls out I suggest then maybe you hand over control to someone that will.
BRADY December 23, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Yes please Censor them, there's nothing i hate more than someone who disagrees with my comments, anybody who has a dissenting comment should automatically be deleted and banned, and their comments burned ,any type of speech that is contrary to what the majority of commentators agree with is something that should not be allowed in a public forum such as this .
Wayne D. December 23, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Kind of hard to conceal a car and do mass killings..........
VL December 23, 2012 at 01:14 PM
By the use of two “rules of thumb,” the Patch can maintain a lively, in-depth exchange (agreeing and disagreeing) from the posters. 1. The Patch should hold to its own “Terms of Use.” If a poster logically and passionately disagrees on postings, they are flagged and their posts are removed. However, you have the illogical, rantings of a few “favorites” that are consistently tolerated. Fair is fair. EVERYONE has to abide by the rules. 2. If you maintain a simple-base of good argumentative reasoning (agreeing and disagreeing) it is actually enjoyable and educating. IF THE PATCH HOLDS ALL THE POSTERS TO THEIR TERMS OF USE RULES, IT WILL FORCE A CIVIL EXCHANGE.
David December 23, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Leo must belongs to the N R A Nitwits. Retards As,.,holes. of America
Eugene Gannon December 23, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I just started a gun violence petition on the White House petitions site, We the People. Will you sign it? http://wh.gov/Q2v3
BRADY December 23, 2012 at 03:21 PM
I'm not sure if the words FORCE A CIVIL EXCHANGE should be involved in a discussion about a commentor calling for handing over control to someone who can keep THEM out ,or calling for someone to make the decision of whose comment is an'' illogical ranting'' what constitutes as Illogical.foul language,yes name calling ,ok but that would mean deleting most of the comments put up on this and every other site
VL December 23, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Need a cut and paste?...just follow the rules. BTW: If one has to resort to "name-calling" they have run out of argument and are then simply acting out (like a three-year old)...
Preliator December 23, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Fine, I'll be forming a volunteer 'well regulated militia', I'll be talking to my lawyer and contacting the NRA for advice. Merry Christmas.
John Gruber December 23, 2012 at 03:43 PM
"a gun violence petition" I really hope the criminals sign this petition.
John Gruber December 23, 2012 at 03:44 PM
You think it's difficult to barrel over 1st graders walking from the school bus parking lot? Also, this guy didn't conceal anything. He broke through a window
BRADY December 23, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Need a cut and paste?...just follow the rules.please enlighten me VL what does that mean?And yes if one has to resort to ''name -calling'' they have run out of argument, if you've read these comments you'd see that a lot of the people commenting have done just that
Odd Jobs and Such January 11, 2013 at 12:55 AM
Show that you care and have not forgotten - this unique pendant honor victims of the Sandy Hook Massacre. It is almost a month later and no longer in the headlines but it is still in the hearts and minds of everyone around Newtown. http://newtown.patch.com/blog_posts/unique-spirit-tree-pendant-honors-sandy-hook-victims

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