A Timeline of mass shootings

From Think Progress' Justice page.

and now the latest massacre.

26 dead, including 20 children, after Connecticut school shooting
from WRAL.com

Connecticut State Police said Friday that 26 people, including 20 children, were killed in the shooting at an elementary school 60 miles northeast of New York City, and that the gunman was also dead, as well as another person at a home connected with the shooter.

The gunman opened fire just after 9:30 a.m. inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown where his mother reportedly worked. He blasted his way through the building as young students cowered helplessly in classrooms while their teachers and classmates were shot.

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Today at 5 pm at Pullen Baptist Church: prayer vigil

Today at 5 pm at Pullen Baptist Church in Raleigh: Pullen Baptist and Martin Street Baptist churches will host a prayer vigil to end gun violence and to pray for the families of the victims in Newtown.

This short service will start promptly at 5 pm. It will only last about 30 mins. Please come in support and share this with friends in or near Raleigh

Thanks are due Bob Geary for sharing this on FaceBook.

Martha Brock

Obama arrives in Connecticut to mourn victims of school shooting

NBC news has special coverage on the shootings at 6:30pm followed by coverage of vigil in Connecticut with visit by President Obama.

update:

Obama was meeting privately at Newtown High School with the families of the victims and with the emergency crews who responded. Later, he was to speak at an interfaith vigil.

The president's remarks, which are expected to last 10 to 15 minutes, should begin around 8:15 p.m. ET. The remarks can be seen here at NBC.com

At the high school, the auditorium was already filled to its capacity of about 900. Hundreds more streamed into the gymnasium, which was being used for overflow.

WRAL.com is streaming the Vigil online, too.

Martha Brock

Obama's words at the Vigil in Connecticut

From NBCnews.com: Saying society would be judged by how well it fosters its children, the president said: "We're all parents. And they're all our children This is our first task: caring for our children.

Saying society would be judged by how well it fosters its children, the president said: "We're all parents. And they're all our children This is our first task: caring for our children.

Obama asked whether America was doing enough and bluntly concluded: "No. And this must change."

"We can't tolerate this any longer," he declared. "These tragedies must end."

The president challenged the audience asking: "Are we prepared to say that we're powerless in the face of such carnage? That the politics are too hard? Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is the price of our freedom?"

He vowed to "use whatever power this office holds to engage our citizens ... to save another child or another parent or another town" the anguish of Newtown.

The president concluded by reciting the names of all 20 children who had been killed and asked God to bless them "with His holy comfort."

Martha Brock

"Obama is a black Kenyan Muslim socialist usurper"

No doubt the knuckle-dragging crowd will denounce Obama's use of "the children" to take all our guns away from us.

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