Post # 1
I was sitting here thinking about the Sandy Hook shooting and for me, who works in a school, and has worked with some young people with fairly severe mental health problems, it just makes me sad to think nothing changed for our country after this tragedy. We just sort of accepted this as the norm of our society and moved on with our lived.
I also found out from work that there is a huge group of conspiracy theorists out there who believe that Sandy Hook was a hoax that was produced by left-wing groups in order to tighten gun control.
Makes me repulsed to think that 1. these people exist and 2. we’ve learned nothing over the years about keeping our communities safe.
Those are my thoughts on this tragedy one year later: I feel it was an enormous tragedy for our nation and it’s disheartening to see nothing change in our nation. But what are your thoughts?
Post # 3
Conspiracy theory? Oh dear…
I am saddened by school shootings. However, they are statistically very unlikely (18 people were killed this year). I want to do something but I worry that “doing something for the sake of doing something” may harm more people than it will help. I think it’s hard to accept that this happens though. It’s such a violent, senseless crime.
I’m interested to hear other bees’ opinions on the topic.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID
@the_newlymintedmrs-s17: I seriously believe that all conspiracy theories and those who believe in/follow them are straight up idiots. There’s no way around it. I’ve never heard of a theory or met someone who follows them that is a normal, sane person. It just infuriates me so much. These are serious events, and people are making a fucking joke and a game of it.
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2012 - Private Residence
I work in a school a few towns over from Newtown. I think that anyone who is working with children and can have a positive impact IS doing something to help already. Maybe it’s just being in CT, but I think that there have been some positive things that have changed, in the way that we support students and youth.
Websites and groups like that also make me sad, but I try not to pay them attention, because that is what they want. There will always be people who but things that the conspiracy theroies out there. I think in this case, it is especially disheartening and disrespectful to those who we lost in Newtown. Even though I know I will never be able to change the way people like that think, I can do what I can to help make a difference. Donating to certain organizations, or acts of kindness in memory are things I have tried to do.
Post # 6
@the_newlymintedmrs-s17: I grew up in a town just about 20 minutes from Newtown and I know people who were directly impacted by the shooting. . . so I can’t rationally speak about those conspiracy theorists.
I’m also disheartened by the lack of progress. I’d really like to see Congress focus on the things that they do agree on – like strengthening support for mental health services – and then most on to find a compromise on more contentious issues – such as gun control laws. But that would be the rational and practical thing to do, so it won’t happen.
The thing about this tragedy that gave me the greatest sense of comfort was the way the people in the surrounding area really rallied together. My hometown was one of many that offered their Police Officers to assist with patroling the town in the aftermath – it was a small way we could help give the Department some much needed time to recover. And it was wonderful to see the way that our town, and many others, come together for vigils and to remember the victims. One of the adults killed lived in my hometown and the town recently dedicated and renamed the Women’s Shelter in her honor. And it was incredibly moving to see just how many people – myself included – took part in the Vicki Soto Memorial Scholarship 5K last month.