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    Posted December 14, 2012 by
    omekongo
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    Newtown school shooting: Thoughts and tributes

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    It's bigger than gun control

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     omekongo was getting ready to pick up his daughters, ages 4 and 6, from elementary school when he heard the news of the shooting. 'You feel a sense of powerlessness for a second because you easily see that this can happen anywhere and I just needed to be near them. I am still traumatized by this a day later. When I woke up and saw my girls this morning, it was nothing but thanks, praise, and hugs because you never know,' he said.

    While gun control is big issue to discuss, he begs people to look at society as a whole. 'We are sick as a culture. We are sick as a country and this is bigger than gun control. We are addicted to violence. Video games, movies, television shows and though most people who have guns, or knives or other weapons like this are not going to go out and commit crimes like this for some reason many people are starting to think this is OK.' Share your thoughts on the shooting.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    While there is a place for a gun control debate in the wake of the shootings in Connecticut, the bigger issue that must be discussed is our addiction to violent means of expression. We are a sick nation. We need to heal for the sake of our children.

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