Saturday, December 22, 2012
"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," the NRA's Wayne LaPierre said.
The National Rifle Association broke its weeklong silence following the shooting of 26 people at a school in Newtown, CT, and called for a surge of gun-carrying "good guys" around American schools. NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called for a new kind of American domestic security revolving around armed civilians, arguing that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." "We care about our president, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents," LaPierre said. "Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by Capitol Police officers. Yet, when it comes to our most beloved, innocent, and vulnerable members of the American family, our children, we as a society leave them every day utterly …
Wear purple today to honor Josephine Grace Gay, 7, who was one of the 20 students killed at Sandy Hook Elementary; her family has established a fund in her name with Framingham-based Doug Flutie Jr. Autism Foundation.
Our daily column, 5 Things You Need to Know Today, will help you to get your day started and offer you some fodder for water cooler conversation. 1. The parents of Josephine Grace Gay, 7, who was one of the 20 students killed at Sandy Hook Elementary are asking individuals to wear purple today in honor of their daughter. The family recently established a fund in her name with the Framingham-based Doug Flutie Jr. Autism Foundation. 2. Framingham Patch blogger Ingrid Peschke writes about what is under her Christmas tree. Give it a read here. 3. Santa Claus is Coming to Town ... to skate at Loring Arena Monday, Dec. 24. The Framingham High Hockey Team is inviting families to come to the arena between 11 a.m. 2 p.m. to skate with Santa. $5 …
Friday, December 21, 2012
The company-wide blackout is to honor the memory of those killed last Friday in Connecticut.
This morning at 9:30, Patch will join with AOL in a company-wide blackout as "moment of silence" to honor the victims of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, CT, last week. According to Techcrunch, "The campaign was inspired by a call for a moment of silence by Connecticut’s Governor, and spearheaded by Causes and SV Angel. It follows a coalition of tech leaders calling for more gun control." Other companies likely taking part in the "Web Moment of Silence" include Adobe, Duke University, Salesforce and WillCall. How will you participate in the moment of silence? Tell us in the comments.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
A family who lost their daughter in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy has created the "Joey Fund" with the Framingham-based Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation; and is asking everyone to wear purple on Saturday.
On Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, our beautiful daughter, Josephine Grace Gay, was killed in an unimaginable tragedy at her elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Joey, many of her friends, teachers, and school staff members were taken from our loving community. Joey turned 7 three days prior to this tragedy and was looking forward to celebrating at her birthday party with many of these friends the next day. Although our family is devastated, we are deeply comforted in the knowledge that she is no longer scared or hurting and rests in the arms of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It is through His sufficient grace that we are able to get through this. Our innocent, trusting little girl stared into the face of unimaginable evil and overcame it …
The Framingham Board of Selectmen voted to write a letter to President Obama and federal lawmakers in support of stricter gun laws in the wake of the Newtown tragedy.
Framingham Selectmen asked Framingham Police Chief to develop a budget for a possible gun buyback program, following the shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut. The Framingham Board of Selectmen voted to write a letter to President Obama and federal lawmakers in support of stricter gun laws in the wake of the Newtown tragedy. Selectmen will also write a letter of condolence to the community.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
One school system says no.
Webster students were told to change out of their T-shirts that paid tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre last week, according to Fox 25. One of the students, a first-grade boy, was wearing a shirt that read "Rest in peace, the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School. And in the front is all the kids' names," his parent Tiffany Elliot told FOX 25. Elliot told Fox 25 she talked to her son about the shooting and thought the best way to handle it was to have him show his support for the victims. But the school, said Elliot, disagreed, saying it wasn't their place to discuss the tragedy with students. Instead, Superintendent Dr. Barbara Malkas told Fox 25, "... I don't feel it is the school's right to take that privilege of …
In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut last week, the sporting goods chain has decided to remove guns from stores.
Dick’s Sporting Goods has removed all “modern sporting rifles” from their stores nationwide as well as all guns from sale and display in its store nearest to Newtown, Conn., in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings last week. “We are extremely saddened by the unspeakable tragedy that occurred last week in Newtown, CT, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families, and to the entire community,” according to a company press release. “Out of respect for the victims and their families, during this time of national mourning we have removed all guns from sale and from display in our store nearest to Newtown and suspended the sale of modern sporting rifles in all of our stores chainwide. “We continue to extend our deepest sympathies to …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
If you're like most, you've received countless invitations on your Facebook page.
While posts on Twitter and Facebook are predominantly, and understandably, focused on the mass murder at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, perhaps the most viral is the "PETITION: SIGN the Sandy Hook Elementary School National Sympathy Card." Surely you've gotten more than one "your voice will make a difference" and link to the petition on your Facebook page. As reported on the cause's page, in less than 48 hours, 1,000,000 had signed the card, and it had been shared more than a million times. The "cause" post serves as both a sympathy card and petition, which will be delivered to Newtown, CT. The card reads, in part, "Our Sincere Condolences. We wish to express our deepest sympathies to all of the families of those lost, to the …
Does the massacre at Newtown, CT, signal the need for a political debate on gun regulations?
Before officials had even held their first press conference Friday, Facebook was abuzz with status updates about the Newtown, CT, massacre. The statuses were split between those sending their condolences and those asking if the country would finally deal with the issue of gun control. Some fought back, asking for respect and mourning before political debate began. Others remained fierce in their belief that stricter gun control regulations would have prevented such a mass killing, saying the victims were shot multiple times and with semi-automatic weapons, according to Fox News. The guns were not illegal and were, in fact, owned by the shooter's mother. Among them were a semi-automatic .223 caliber bushmaster rifle and two handguns. Those …
A special post office box has been established for those wishing to send condolences to Newtown, CT.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The following text was provided by the U.S. Postal Service. NEWTOWN, CT—The U.S. Postal Service has established a unique Post Office Box to allow the public to send condolences to those affected by the tragedy in Newtown CT last week. Those who wish to send expressions of comfort should address them to: Messages of Condolence for Newtown PO Box 3700 Newtown, CT 06470 “We understand that there is an outpouring of support for everyone in the Newtown area and we hope to make it easier for those who wish to send encouragement and messages of compassion to those affected,” said Kimberly J. Peters, Connecticut Valley District Manager for the U.S. Postal Service, adding, “Through letters and cards, families will be able to hold that friendship …