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Sandy Hook happens every day

OWEN HARING
Last updated 09:30 20/12/2012
A TOWN IN MOURNING: A young girl touches a candle at a memorial to the victims of the recent shooting in Sandy Hook Village in Newtown, Connecticut.
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IN MOURNING: A young girl touches a candle at a memorial to the victims of the recent shooting in Sandy Hook Village in Newtown, Connecticut.

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My first reaction to the terrible tragedy of the latest US school shooting was the horrible fact that this kind of thing happens all the time. The only difference is that this happened in heartland America. A country we associate with more closely than perhaps we like to think.

We know that presently the Middle East has gone through hell with uprisings and war and we know that many African countries live with terrorism continually. However, we never get the reaction we do from Newtown.

Facebook is bombarded with comments from well-intended people whose hearts truly ache for the sad loss we saw last week. Perhaps the sadness is a closer reflection that this could have been us; whereas in other parts of the world the degree of separation is much greater. 

We have become overexposed to black babies suffering and Arabs carrying tiny coffins through the streets. I rarely see Facebook posts for these people, because it has become part of our life. What does it say about us that we can take this so much for granted?

I don't have any answers, only questions. But sometimes questions are more important than answers. I'm not judging people for their Facebook postings. I know there is precious little we could possibly do. I'm simply saying that massacres of children continually happens in a world that is meant to be more technologically advanced than ever before. A world better educated than ever before. A world with more resources to help others than ever before. I wonder if it is saying something else about the world we are creating, that no one is asking.

I know we can't mourn all the unfortunate deaths in our world. I know the media tend to focus on telling stories that get read (and have advertising revenue potential). Perhaps my point is that as the Newtown tragedy hits home, let it remind us of the thousands of unseen others who face the same fate. Not so we can live life depressed and mournful, but so we don't forget the ones that are so easily forgotten by others.

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