“I just want Christmas. I don’t want to die, I just want to have Christmas.”

Amazing, horrifying, story from John Christoffersen and Jocelyn Noveck of AP about the mass murder of twenty five-to-ten-year-olds at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Read the entire thing.

A first-grade teacher barricaded herself into a bathroom with 15 students. This is first grade, so we’re probably talking 5 and 6 year olds:

“I said, ‘There are bad guys out there now. We need to wait for the good guys,'” she told ABC News.

“The kids were being so good,” she said. “They asked, ‘Can we go see if anyone is out there?’ ‘I just want Christmas. I don’t want to die, I just want to have Christmas.’ I said, ‘You’re going to have Christmas and Hanukkah.'”

One student claimed to know karate. “It’s OK. I’ll lead the way out,” the student said.

Then this:

Empty swing set

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“They told a little boy it was his sister who passed on,” Weiss said. “The boy’s response was, ‘I’m not going to have anyone to play with.'”

Read this story from the NYT as well.

“Some people,” a little girl said later, searching for words, “they got a stomachache.”

Enough.  I’m tired of the gun nuts.  I’m tired of the politicians, and political parties, who either whore for them, or are mortally afraid of them.  And I’m tired of gun control advocates who don’t seem have the stomach for a real fight.

It’s over.  Enough talk about an assault weapons ban that nobody has the backbone to even bring up.  It’s time we ended our national love affair with guns, violence and death.  The time for compromise, which was really only serial capitulation, is over. It’s time to ban guns once and for all.

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