Groton Reacts To School Shootings in Newtown, CT

'Everyone was in tears today'

Inside the Bridge Market, owner Karen Dole said people were crying at lunch Friday.

"It is terrible. I just can't think of those poor parents, those families that are just ruined. The whole school," she said.

Residents interviewed Friday said they were The shooting happened about 90 miles away, but close enough to hit home.

Katie Hugh, who has two daughters in first grade, said she heard about people wanting to pick up their children from school and bring them home.

"Most people I know, they can't wait to pick up their kids, hug them, hold them close," she said. "And people wonder, what's going to happen to the future of education?"

Sherri Rowe December 15, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Gun control anyone? Lets start beating our drums, no one needs semi- automatic weapons with the exception of those in the military. I'm tired of hearing about how "people kill people", not guns. These weapons were purchased legally, so I don't want to hear the argument about the black market either. I spoke to a British friend of mine last night who said that Great Britain is up in arms because the murder rate jumped to a grand total of 35 last year, for the entire nation! So please, write to our president, your congressman, and anyone else who will listen, I already did!
woodsy owl December 15, 2012 at 05:24 PM
If it wasn't a gun, it would have been something else. He was going to do it no matter what the cost or what choice of weapon.
nellie December 15, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I heard that the kids at Fitch are going to wear blue and gold on Monday..the Sandy Hook Elementary colors. Everyone is so sad.
Jackie December 16, 2012 at 03:14 AM
I agree with Miss Rowe. This has to stop!! I will gladly give up my 2nd amendment right to save the lives of more people especially children. It's so heartbreaking to see this happen.
Sherri Rowe December 17, 2012 at 07:52 AM
I respectfully disagree, this person couldn't have possibly killed the number of people (unfortunately little kids) In the time allotted with a knife or simple handgun. Anything short of a bomb, he would have been apprehended before the enormity of this tragedy. The fact remains that semi-automatic repeating weaponry is wrong for our society in which enough violence is already in place. I wouldn't propose to repeal the 2nd amendment, but why can't we AMEND the 2nd amendment to say that we have the right to bear arms but limit this to the type of arms we can bear. We also should have the right to seek help for those over the age of18 who are a threat to self or others for evaluation without voluntary commitment.
Nancy Gilly December 17, 2012 at 01:33 PM
In 2001 a man with a knife killed 8 students and seriously injured another 13, as well as two teachers. Less than 24 hours before the shooting, a man in China attacked and injured 22 children with a knife, no fatalities reported at that time. A semi automatic hand gun can kill as quickly as a semi-automatic rifle. Or the attacker could have used explosives/incendiary devices. The real common denominator in all of the recent mass shootings has been mental illness, so shouldn't we be focusing on that? I found this piece from Gawker "http://gawker.com/5968818/i-am-adam-lanzas-mother" about the difficulty of having a family member who is violent due to mental illness. As a society we seem much more worried about the civil rights of violent people like that than we are about the rights of their potential victims. I don't know that there is an easy answer, but we need to start that discussion before the one on weapons, because someone determined to do harm can always find a way.
Nancy Gilly December 17, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I forgot to state that the knife attack on 2001 was in Japan, which has much, much stricter gun laws than we do.
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