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Remembering the Victims of Sandy Hook

It's been one year since 26 lives were lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and over these past 12 months, in the wake of the tragedy, there's been a huge outpouring of support for and within the Newtown community. People from near and far have come together to mourn, honor, pray and also make a difference.

From the Sandy Ground Project which strives to build 26 playgrounds, one to honor each victim, to the 26 people who biked from Newtown to Washington, D.C. for a rally in support of gun control legislation, we look at some spectacular stories of how those lost are being remembered.



Today, the president takes time to remember Newtown as well. He released this message to commemorate the anniversary:



How you can get involved:

My Sandy Hook Family

26 Acts of Kindness

Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation

Newtown Kindness

Lauren Rousseau Memorial Scholarship

UConn Sandy Hook Memorial Scholarship Fund

Snowflakes Fall

The Sandy Ground: Where Angels Play

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hockensmith57 December 15 2013 at 8:48 AM

I think that in every one of these mass shootings the weapons used were either legally purchased or obtained from a relative who legally purchased them. Although, it is impossible to prevent 100% of these shootings, it is possible to mitigate the damages done when one of these disturbed individuals goes off. In order to accomplish this everyone has to come together for a solution. Isn't there a middle ground where hunters keep their guns but we do away with semi automatics and clips. Isn't there a way for individuals to carry weapons, but have to obtain a license and renew it just like we do with people who drive cars and trucks. Maybe semi automatics could be had with increased testing like we do with people who drive semis. There has to be some common sense approach

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cdlogan2002 December 15 2013 at 2:03 AM

And while we are mourning those who died at Sandy Hook, let's also mourn those who were massacred by guns given to Mexican drug lords by the Obama administration as part of their "fast and furious" gun running program. And let's demand answers from this corrupt regime that continues to stone wall the truth and refuse to provide all the information to Congress and the American people. Attorney General Eric Holder was held in "contempt of Congress" for failing to turn over requested "fast and furious" documents and President Obama asserted executive privilege over documents despite denying any involvement in the operation. Just like Benghazi, we may never know the truth because this corrupt administration is hiding evidence and the media won't thoroughly investigate it. Wake up America, a New World Order is right around the corner. For those who still don't know what "fast and furious" was, you might wish to educate yourself by visiting the links below. You will hopefully open your eyes to the most corrupt Presidential regime in American history.

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2013/10/01/judge-slaps-down-eric-holders-request-for-fast-and-furious-lawsuit-to-be-dismissed-n1713760

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012/10/01/here-are-5-things-you-didnt-know-about-operation-fast-and-furious/

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dennis December 15 2013 at 1:52 AM

I have nothing but sympathy for the parents and family members of the kids that were killed last year....BUT....additional gun control laws are NOT the answer to the problems....enforcement of laws currently on the books is a major start.....keeping the guns out of the hands of people that were on mind control drugs as kids is another step in the right direction....go back over the last 20 yrs and look at the common threads in all the shootings~kids on mind control drugs, registered democrats, progressive liberals...and most notably ignored, NO REGISTERED MEMBERS OF THE NRA!!!! I am retired military, and have handled safely weapons since I was 7 yrs old, never once having had the urge to shoot up a school or anything like that...when I was in school, it was not unusual to see a pick up trucks in the school parking lots with 30-30 winchesters sitting in gun racks in the rear windows, and occasionally seeing the principal or some of the male teachers at the vehicles talking guns and hunting habits/techniques~and yet with those loaded weapons in the vehicles, there was NEVER an incident of students killing others on school property...here in florida, there is an armed deputy in every school in my county, and has been since before I moved here 19 and half yrs ago...we've not had any issues with shooters....I support the school systems that approved the training and allowing faculty members to be armed at school....the federal govt is doing nothing but using these cases to further put the people under their thumb and to disarm the law abiding LEGALLY ARMED citizens...and mind now, if that ever happens that WE THE PEOPLE ARE TOTALLY DISARMED, look at what happened in australia and the UK where crime against you the citizens increased dramatically because the people are now defenseless against armed criminals and worse yet, armed storm troopers using gestapo tactics similar to the days of hitler in the 1930s....its all a political game for those in charge who really dont give a damn about you, the people...

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Mort Persky December 15 2013 at 1:50 AM

Hey, moderators, how come I'm now known by my actual name -- unlike everybody else who's writing on this page? I guess I can take it this once, but let's go back to the old way next time, OK? This is still HuffPo, isn't it? Or is that the problem?

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Randy December 15 2013 at 12:11 AM

i do know Christmas will not be the same for the Sandy hook community and the families of those that lost their lives.. I can't think that there is a political solution that will solve this issue forever. I do feel that had the School Principal had a gun I beilve she could have and would have saved lives that day,,, as reports of her rushing out to try to do something to protect her students,, had she been armed with a gun,,, the pain and suffering could have been minimal to many of the families...
no words can or will replace what was lost and mine do nothing to justify any of the heartache but you are all in my prayers .. as i have thought of you and your families on many occassions as i go and pick up m y little one from school during the school year ..

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bartstew December 15 2013 at 12:26 AM

There were armed guards at Virginia Tech, Columbine, and many other rampage murder scenes. The element of surprise is hard to overcome when a school or business has never experienced an attack, and has no reason to expect one. Oh well, at least you seem to acknowledge that the massacre really happened. That puts you way out in front of a lot of the people on this board.

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christi1164 December 14 2013 at 11:19 PM

While I can appreciate the focus on gun control, stricter laws would not have prevented this particular tragedy, because the mother, the owner of the guns, would certainly have passed any standard of safety check. Yes, her judgement was poor in relation to gun activities, etc. but certainly she could not have predicted this from her son.
However, one of the most overlooked or under appreciated issue is the lack of sufficient mental health support, appropriate school programs or responses to spectrum disorders and others that fall outside the mainstream. Often these kids are just "circling the drain" emotionally and have very few coping skills. Additionally, parents are offered few resources, unless they are wealthy and well educated enough to advocate for their children. Even then school systems play dumb or play games to try to avoid committing to any treatment or plan that will result in costs to the system. This is a pervasive and persistent response experienced across the country to complex psych-social morbidity seen in school children. Guess what? These children will become adults, along with their unmanaged or unmet dysfunction.

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dws51564 December 14 2013 at 11:15 PM

Have Your Say...We should remember the governors wife raising funds but not giving it to anyone who was effected in this storm

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steverussell70 December 14 2013 at 10:45 PM

Progressives, liberals, socialists, collectivists and communists are the biggest mass murderers in the history of the world. "Political power grows from the barrel of a gun", Mao. Mao could only murder 80 million after he disarmed every citizen. Communists must disarm to rob land and possessions and then murder political opponents!!!!!!!!

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drforgacsny December 14 2013 at 10:41 PM

My Heart goes out for every person affected by this unthinkable tragedy. May the Peace and Love of the Christmas Season be in your hearts all year long and may the Love of God help you heal from this terrible loss. We will never forget Sandy Hook 12/14/12. Peace be with you always, Dr. Forgacs

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steverussell70 December 14 2013 at 10:35 PM

Communists will continue ad nauseum to create and talk about school shootings. Most shooters are manchurian candidate style or they are drug them up (research scopolamine) and drop them off at the "scene" of the shooting ala Aurora. Every country that was recently disarmed all had manufactured shootings. As soon as communists get the guns they turn every citizen into a slave. Anyone familiar with the term useful idiot?

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brunie65 December 15 2013 at 12:55 AM

I am familiar with the term self-centered & self-absorbed paranoid. Unfortunately, it's someone like you who is incapable of empathy for the loss & suffering of others.

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