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Support for Newtown School Shooting Victims Pours In

Well-wishers are sending thoughts, prayers and other support to Newtown from throughout the United States and abroad.

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."

A 20-year old from a rural Illinois town has started a Facebook group, "Teddys for Newtown," which already has nearly 1,000 likes. Alysa White's simple, but loving, goal: Collect teddy bears for each of the children that attend Sandy Hook Elementary School.

leesther brown December 16, 2012 at 03:51 PM
♥ ~Losing You~ ♥ A gift for such a little while, your loss just seems so wrong, you should not have left before us, it's with loved ones you belong. Do not judge a song by its duration Nor by the number of its notes Judge it by the richness of its contents Sometimes those unfinished are among the most poignant? Do not judge a song by its duration Nor by the number of its notes Judge it by the way it touches and lifts the soul Sometimes those unfinished are among the most beautiful? And when something has enriched your life And when it?s melody lingers on in your heart. Is it unfinished? Or is it endless? Wishing You Peace and Serenity...
Rabbi Mark Sameth December 16, 2012 at 08:34 PM
I'm showing my support by signing the "Gun Control Now" petition at http://signon.org/sign/gun-control-now-1?source=homepage and supporting the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence. http://www.bradycampaign.org/ I hope you will too.
John Taggart December 16, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Your wasting your time Rabbi....Its the mental health and prescibed drug issue that you are avoiding.
James Adnaraf December 16, 2012 at 09:06 PM
I am ok with more gun control, but please someone explain to me, how more gun control would have prevented this massacre, or how it would have made it less horrific. Keeping weapons of mass destruction out of the hands of even law abiding citizens is acceptable to me. However, let us not oversell gun control as preventing these horrors.
Blaue Vogel December 16, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Way to be counterproductive, Rabbi!! But if it makes you feel good, who cares, right?
Rabbi Mark Sameth December 16, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Hi James, and thanks for your question. Police are reporting that the shooter fired "hundreds of bullets." The bodies of the twenty children and six adults were found riddled with bullets. Hunters have no need for the sort of firepower made possible by assault weapons, which is why I join those support the call for reinstating a ban on these weapons. You ask would this have prevented the massacre or made it less horrific? Here's a quote from yesterday's Op-Ed piece by Nick Kristof: “In Australia in 1996, a mass killing of 35 people galvanized the nation’s conservative prime minister to ban certain rapid-fire long guns…. In the 18 years before the law, Australia suffered 13 mass shootings — but not one in the 14 years after the law took full effect.” (Nicholas D. Kristof, “Do We Have The Courage to Stop This?” New York Times, December 15, 2012) Thanks again. Hopefully we can work together to make a positive difference here.
James Bankhart December 17, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Rabbi, Israel is a very heavily armed Country and rightfully so. They understand the need for self defense to survive Terrorist attacks. Teachers in places in Israel have automatic weapons to defend their students for terrorists. Would it be a stretch to call these Monsters, Terrorists. Do Americans have the right to right to defend ourselves against these home grown Terrorists?
Hugh Marshall December 17, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Thanks, Rabbi. I've already signed it. It's long past time to put down the NRA.
Mike December 17, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Sorry, don't trust George Soros or anything put out by move on.org

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