Elementary School Shooting

Sam Stein

The Newtown Moment That Came And Went

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

WASHINGTON -- There have been many instances of mass gun violence during the presidency of Barack Obama. Some faded away without much public recogniti...

Victoria Soto: A Real Life Batman Protecting Us From Evil

Steve Lafleur | Posted 02.17.2013 | Canada
Steve Lafleur

We live in a world much like the world that Christopher Nolan built. Only without Batman. There are Bruce Waynes all around us. And anyone can be that symbol. While we don't have a silent guardian watching over us, we do have heroes like Victoria Soto. While nothing can right this horrible wrong that has been done to our collective humanity, we should be comforted by the fact that a 27-year-old teacher was willing to lay down her life to save the lives of her students.

Don't Let 26 Deaths Be in Vain -- Demand Change

Joan Sutton | Posted 02.17.2013 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

We cannot anticipate such senseless slaughter. But we can make the next one more difficult. America does not have any more mentally handicapped, disturbed, or mad people than any other country. What it does have is more guns. We cannot make sense of what happened in Newtown. We can only try to give this senseless massacre some purpose other than a cathartic outpouring of grief.

From Aurora to Newtown, There Is No Antidote for Evil

Andrew Lawton | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada
Andrew Lawton

We've seen the same debates take place after the shootings in Aurora, Colorado, Virginia Tech, and every time, pundits miss the point. Simply put, there is no antidote for evil. The notion that simply changing the laws will take away the pain and suffering of this tragedy or even prevent future ones from occurring is simply not true.

Let's Talk About Mental Health, Not "Evil"

Lauren Goodman | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada
Lauren Goodman

The events in Newtown sparked a lot of discussion on gun control and the media's representation of children following violent events. However, as is the case with most well-covered human tragedies, mental health discourse was decidedly missing from the reporting. "Evil visited this community today," the Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said following the shooting. Such words are not uncommon following acts of violence, but their prominence still made me cringe. I have to ask, whose "evil" are we talking about when we classify this tragedy as such?

What Canada's Government Can Learn from the Connecticut Shooting

Marvin Ross | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada
Marvin Ross

Events like this would never happen if accessing mental health services was as easy as getting guns. Canadians should not feel sanctimonious about this tragedy. The problem is not only guns. What we do share with our grieving cousins south of the border is a lack of access to appropriate mental health services.

Teachers: The Real Heroes of Sandy Hook

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada
Josh D. Scheinert

No one goes to teacher's college because he or she wants to hide with children in a dark closet, or step into the path of an armed madman. But we don't choose the society we live in, and sadly, this comes with the job. So teachers do so rightly (I feel obliged to say) armed not with guns, but with the kindness, compassion, and sense of duty that can only be found in one's heart.

What Drove Suspected Gunman To Shooting?

AP | John Christoffersen And Matt Apuzzo | Posted 12.16.2012 | Canada

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Investigators tried to figure out what led a bright but awkward 20-year-old to slaughter 26 children and adults at a Connecticut ele...

Redford, Albertans React To Connecticut School Shooting

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 12.14.2012 | Canada Alberta

"Together with all Albertans, I am deeply saddened by the terrible shooting in Connecticut. My heart and prayers are with all of the families," said P...

Alberta Reacts To Connecticut School Shooting

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 12.14.2012 | Canada Alberta

"Together with all Albertans, I am deeply saddened by the terrible shooting in Connecticut. My heart and prayers are with all of the families," said P...

A Deadly Reminder to Be Skeptical of Toy Guns

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 02.13.2013 | Canada
Joshua Ostroff

Just shortly after the news that 20 small children were killed in Connecticut, the White House Press Secretary said "today is not the day" to engage in a policy debate over gun control. But it hardly matters if we all agree that shooting schoolchildren is terrible if we don't do anything to prevent it in the future -- and that is difficult to do in a society that promotes gun culture to even its youngest members.

Post-Shooting, These Kids Don't Need Media Attention

Elamin Abdelmahmoud | Posted 02.13.2013 | Canada
Elamin Abdelmahmoud

In the wake of the tragedy in the Newtown, CT elementary school, we are all left speechless. In the midst of the chaos that ensues, we rely on news media to guide us. But in order to get as close as possible to the story, sometimes news media pass the line of what is acceptable. Today, there were many instances of reporters talking to little children. Eight- and nine-year-olds. A little child who has just experienced a tragedy like this doesn't need a microphone in his or her face. What we don't want is the use of little children as a means of getting viewers. Those children need love and care first. The story should always come after.