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Should Media Respect Families of Sandy Hook Elementary Shootings on Anniversary?

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On December 14, 2012 the nation was stunned by the massacre that morning of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Conn. The shootings sent shockwaves throughout the nation and erupted in numerous calls for gun control legislation by President Obama, and former New York Mayor Bloomberg and liberal advocates in states and congress.

One year later, after the frenzy has settled and states like Colorado which hurried stricter gun control legislation into law have seen its leaders suffer recall at the election booth, the real solution is no closer than it was on that horrific day.

The mainstream media which even now is gearing up to set another round of national calls for gun control legislation has been advised by parents and town leaders of Newtown to stand down and not descend upon the small still grieving town.

On Monday, many of the families of the Newtown victims came together to offer a calmer more peaceful approach to celebrating the anniversary to the slaying of their young innocents and school staff, according to Reuters. They suggested that instead of ratcheting up the calls for alarm, that Americans, “perform an act of kindness on the anniversary of the slayings.”

This of course is a far cry from what the mainstream media typically practices when anniversaries of horrific events put a choke hold on the emotions and memories of Americans. The alphabet soup will typically gather about the scene of the diabolical act and attempt to find every scintilla of nuanced information and insight into why, what, how, and what should be done differently.

Instead the good and kind folks of Newtown want to avoid the purposeful shock and awe of mainstream reality TV broadcast news that seems more set on beating each network to the one gem or key sensational viewpoint that the other news outlet did not secure. In effect network ratings is uniformly the goal not finding solace or solutions for the families and townspeople who live with the nightmare daily.

One of the parents of the slain children put it best. According to Reuters she shared, “In the midst of our grief we have come to realize that we want our loved ones to be remembered for the lives they lived and how they touched our hearts,” said Krisa Rekos, her precious daughter six-year-old Jessica was one of the tragic victims of the senseless shooting by

Peace and kindness has its own special miraculous touch of grace that can often smooth over the most horrendous events. This is why the launch of the website, is so important in helping the town and the nation to heal.

Perhaps the townspeople of Newtown are showing Americans and even the jaded mainstream media backroom editors that in a small town in America a breath of decency can be the fresh air of normalcy that they too can inherit this Christmas season.

Copyright © 2013 Kevin Fobbs. Subscribe above to receive email updates whenever Kevin Fobbs publishes on



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