Newtown library flooded with grief books after school shooting

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The public library in Newtown created a "Books Heal Hearts" program after receiving thousands of donated books from around the country on healing and grief. RNS photo courtesy Ann Marie Somma/HartfordFAVS

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NEWTOWN, Conn. (RNS) In the weeks since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 children and six adults, thousands of books have arrived at the town's public library from all over the country -- from authors, publishers, and ordinary people buying multiple copies of books on that they had found helpful in their grief. By Ann Marie Somma.

  • gilhan

    Genuine grief will only be shown when the people of this country demand and obtain legislation that reforms and controls the slaughtering society we have become. What is this sick love affair we display with utilities of murder? Who’s attacking whom?

    The Second Amendment prefaced “the right of the people to keep and bear arms” with the need of “a well regulated militia…to the security of a free state.” That negates all the ravings against reform instigated by slaughter defenders like Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association.

    Even the mentality of hunting as sport ought to be questioned. We do have a food processing industry today, including supermarkets close to homes. We do have cans and jars and bags and boxes. We do have refrigerators and freezers and closets in which to store all these foods. So what questionable motive is satisfied by killing just for the fun of it?

    The Second Amendment was an attempt by the Framers of the Constitution to prevent a recurrence of government dominating its people rather than people forming and controlling their own government as happened with Britain in the colonies. That Second Amendment, as written, made a bit of sense in the time of muskets when we were insulated by vast oceans.

    The U.S. government is now the mightiest nuclear power in the world. That nuclear power against assault rifles and multi-ammo clips is as much of a joke as opposing nuclear bombs with muskets. The U.S. government unconstitutionally wiretaps, imprisons indefinitely without recourse to trial, renditions unwanted people to nations where they know torture is freely practiced, slaughters innocents all over the world with drone planes, all unconstitutionally, all in the name of fighting terror while we create more and more hatred toward us that breeds more and more terror.

    That makes the Second Amendment a farcical archaism! That makes the appeal to the Second Amendment in defense of these slaughtering weapons meaningless. We and our government are farcical archaisms! All the while, we murder on, then we weep, we pray, we send flowers, we light candles–and do nothing real! The domestic and foreign slaughter continue. The hatred and terror continue. The vicious circle keeps spinning and we increasingly live in constant domestic and international terror for our very lives.

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