Last month, while Kim Kardashianâ€™s ass blew up the internet, a truly amazing story flew mostly under the radar. On November 5th, little Matthew Bennett was born to proud parents Francine and David Wheeler. While babies are born every day, this was especially heartwarming news. The Wheelers lost their son Benjamin in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012. More
Topic: Newtown Connecticut
There is an extensive interview with Peter Lanza, the father of Sandy Hook mass murderer Adam Lanza in The New Yorker, and I have no idea why I read it. I have an obligation for my job to read things like this, to cull what I think is important from these things so I can relay that in my articles on Mommyish, to have a strong point of view on articles like these so I can form my own opinions and we can discuss them together. But after reading this extensive interview, I’m left with nothing, except a remembrance of how ungodly tragic the events of December 14, 2012 were that day in Newton, Connecticut. More
Today, I have trouble moving on from events like the shooting in Newtown, the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio, and the pointless and tragic loss of life at the Boston Marathon bombings. Every face of every child that is lost or violated is my daughterâ€™s, and I wrack my brain for answers to the questions she will inevitably have when she is old enough to notice the world around her. More
Some months after the Newtown tragedies,Â authoritiesÂ are still piecing together why 20-year-old Adam Lanza took the lives of 27 people, including his own mother. But a peek into his own childhood reveals some very distressing experiences at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Ones that his own mother was reportedly “irate” with — and for good reason. More
The case for gun control is still going strong and the community of Newtown, Connecticut is still in the thick of it. The NRA is sending robo-calls to Newtown citizens, reducing their emotional situation into to an automated plea for gun rights. And now, President Obama is invoking their memory in one of his most blatant attempts to use the Presidential ‘bully pulpit’ to push through legislation. More
It’s been a few months since the community of Newtown, Connecticut was ravaged by a horrible tragedy that took the lives of 20 children and six adults. So how thoughtful of the NRA to run robo-calls in Newtown asking them to denounce gun control legislation. More
In the months since the Newtown shooting, police believe that they have begun to piece together details about Adam Lanza‘s crimes, including the most mysterious and haunting aspect: his motive. Why did this young man kill his mother and then attack innocent children and teachers at a local elementary school? Why did 27 people die? More
A New Jersey school board is inching towards getting one of those “good guy[s] with a gun” — as the NRA famously said — in one of their schools. And by inching, I meanÂ the Passaic Valley Regional School Board voted 8-0 on the first vote. So I guess here comes the “good guys” with guns — provided that the second vote mimics the first.
Has our country really come to this? The debate over gun control has gotten so vitriolic and divisive that we’re now heckling parents who lost young children in mass shootings? I am quite simply astonished that anyone, no matter how they feel about the Second Amendment, could stoop so low. More
This weekend, Washington DC will welcome thousands of people who have decided to march for gun control. The city will see residents from all over the country – mothers, fathers, young people, religious leaders, all coming from Philadelphia and San Francisco and Seattle – but there’s one constituency that will likely attract the most attention. All eyes will be on the residents of Newtown, Connecticut, coming to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre and demand that this national tragedy spur some form of gun control legislation. More
This is the first year that my son walks to and from school by himself and spends several hours alone at a time before I get back from work. Before we started this new schedule, I was pretty sure that I would be frantically worried if he failed to answer one of my text messages promptly or was late getting to a friendâ€™s house. I mean, we live in New York City, anything can happen, right? But instead, Iâ€™ve found that not only do I not have any anxiety over it, I donâ€™t worry at all. More
In the month following the Sandy Hook massacre, Newtown, Connecticut continues to grieve. We’re still talking about the 26 victims as issues of gun control, mental health, and violent toys have managed to remain center in a notoriously fickle news cycle. But we’re also still learning details about that tragic day from Sandy Hook survivors. One couple,Â David and Francine Wheeler, who lost a son, volunteered a very chilling reaction from their surviving child.
Children who were present inside the school when gunman Adam LanzaÂ went on his mass shooting spree have recorded a cover of “Over The Rainbow” with proceeds to benefitÂ Newtown Youth Academy, a local nonprofit, and to the United Way of Western Connecticut. The 20 kids, ages six through nine, were invited to Talking Head’s Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz‘s Connecticut home, where they recorded the track which will be sold on iTunes. More
School shooting in California. I read those words and my heart dropped down, taking up residence somewhere near my toes. I sat in shock and disbelief for a couple seconds, unwilling to accept that after the national tragedy we just endured in Newtown, Connecticut, another school could erupt into gunfire so quickly More