Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Days after the Newtown tragedy, Virginia-based gun advocacy group announces plans to offer “meaningful contributions.”
The National Rifle Association, the nation's most prominent gun lobbying group, will speak out Friday in Washington on the Newtown school shootings. “Out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency, we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting,” stated an NRA press release four days after the shootings. Since the Aurora, CO, shootings in July 2012, media outlets have sought a response from the NRA, a Fairfax, VA-based nonprofit that, according to its website, is “widely recognized today as a major political force and as America's foremost defender of Second Amendment rights.” The group has stayed silent and suspended some of its social media, including a 1.7 million fan …
It's your turn to share your thoughts on the media's coverage of the nation's latest mass shooting.
In the immediate aftermath of the shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, CT some people thought the news media coverage of the event was overkill, if not completely invasive. There was criticism of cable TV networks for interviewing kids coming out of the school following the massacre, and incorrect information was reported in the hours immediately following the news breaking. But others argue that it’s the job of the news media to be aggressive in telling these stories, and that the misinformation was only the results of erroneous information provide by officials. How would you rate the media coverage of the of the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings? Tell us in comments.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School has sparked broader debate over gun control and whether semi-automatic weapons should be banned.
The Sandy Hook shooting has opened a broader discussion over gun control and whether there should be tighter restrictions on semi-automatic weapons like the one used by shooter Adam Lanza. As Columbia Patch points out, citing an article from The Washington Post, current law bans fully automatic assault weapons, but semi-automatic assault weapons are legal, as well as high-capacity magazines. Since the shooting, Walmart stopped selling online the Bushmaster Patrolman's Carbine M4A3 Rifle, which is in the same family of firearms as the weapon Lanza used, The Huffington Post reports. Wheaton Patch is reporting that Dick's Sporting Goods has suspended the sale of "modern sporting rifles" at all of its stores. The shooting has sparked a …
Monday, December 17, 2012
In response to a deadly school shooting in Newtown, CT Friday, Prince George's County Public Schools officials discuss school safety with teachers and talking to children about trauma.
With news outlets focusing on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT Friday, many parents and teachers are now grappling with how to talk with children about the tragedy taking over the headlines and television channels. Officials from Prince George's County Public Schools shared tips for talking to students about the school shooting and even shared signs that your student is having trouble coping with the event. For more on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, its victims and to learn how you can help, click onto Newtown Patch. Although there is no immediate danger to county schools, Prince George's County Police have increased patrols near elementary schools across the county. Officials also sent school safety …
Flags will also be flown at half staff on Monday.
All Prince George’s County Public Schools observed a moment of silence at 10 a.m. Monday morning to honor the victims of Friday’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Flags also were at half staff. “Our hearts go out to the students, teachers, parents and families affected by this tragic incident,” Alvin Crawley, PGCPS interim superintendent, said in a statement. PGCPS are working with the Prince George’s County Police Department to ensure student safety by increasing security at schools for the rest of the week. Staff have also received reminders regarding school safety. Additionally, counselors will be available for students and staff, officials said. “Schools are safe havens for our children. As a society, we …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Well-wishers worldwide send thoughts, prayers and other support to Newtown.
The Newtown, CT, shootings have sparked an outpouring of support from across the country and the world. 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 26 people, including 20 school kids, at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday. A blogger from Atlanta wrote a riveting Christmas poem in which he asked 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 of Sunday, more than 1,400 Patch users have posted this four-word comment—"I want to help"—on an article created for…
The latest details on the school shooting in Connecticut.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Twenty children and six adults—that's how many people fell victim to a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT on Friday. Although students in Prince George's County are not in imminent danger, Prince George's County police will increase patrols at the county's elementary schools next week. Stories of the victims and the latest on the shooter can be found on Newtown Patch. How to Help Families Affected by Newtown School Shooting People all over the world want to know how to help Sandy Hook residents following Friday's horrifying mass shooting. Post "I want to help" in this comment thread to get updates on what you can do. Police Release Names of 20 Children, Six Adults Killed in Newtown Connecticut State Police …