Funerals begin for victims of Newtown school shooting

Funerals begin for victims of Newtown school shooting

Newtown : CT : USA | Dec 17, 2012 at 1:56 PM PST
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Funerals for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., began Monday as the United States mourned the loss of 26 people, of which 20 were children, who were killed in a shooting spree on Friday.

The first burials to take place are that of the first victims of the incident, 6-year-olds, Noah Pozner and Jack Pinto. Respectively, the two were buried at the B'Nai Israel Cemetery in the town of Monroe and the Newtown Village Cemetery, with reports adding that burials and funerals for the other victims of lone gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza’s rampage, would be conducted throughout the week with 6-year-old victim, James Mattioli’s family holding a wake for the deceased today.

Prior to the burials today, President Barack Obama paid a visit to the grieving town of Newtown on Sunday where he met the bereaved families and the local authorities, addressing residents of the town at a vigil, saying that more need to be done to protect children and that he would try his best to prevent any such tragedies from occurring in the future although he did not offer anything concrete on gun control, adding that, "We can't tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end and to end them we must change."

Of course in the coming weeks, gun control will be the hot topic, as though the US may be grieving, it will begin to soul search and consequently pick up the issue of gun control, which has loomed ever since the days of Columbine and before.

Over the weekend, senior Democrats called for greater control with Senator Dianne Feinsteain stating that she would be introducing a bill to Congress banning all assault rifles. While not quite seconding this, but certainly approving it in spirit, Republican Senator from West Virginia, Joe Manchin has become the first National Rifle Association (NRA) backed senator to speak about gun control, saying to the press that it was time “to move beyond rhetoric” adding that, "I've never had more than three shells in a clip. Sometimes you don't get more than one shot anyway. It's common sense. It's time to move beyond rhetoric. We need to sit down and have a common sense discussion and move in a reasonable way."

Of course opponents to any possible bill have spoken up, with Independent Firearm Owners Association president Richard Feldman saying, "Having a ban isn't going to make the very people we would like to prevent from having them, [stop] having them. They are already owned by tens of millions of people. What is the government planning to do? Come and get the guns? I don't think so."

arkar is based in Seattle, Washington, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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