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    Posted December 15, 2012 by
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Newtown school shooting: Thoughts and tributes

    Helpless Nation


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Lorian11 of Carmel, California, wrote in sharing her 'feeling of hopelessness' after the shooting. The 32-year-old mother of two wanted to do something, but what? She wants people to promise to never forget what happened.

    'We have a horrific scene play out on the news and with in a few days mostly everyone has moved on. I think it's that feeling of helplessness again 'What can I do about it?'" she said. 'If every person out there this time said, 'I am not going to silently let this pass this time. I will not forget this happened,' it just might inspire a passion in enough people to keep the discussion going on how we can change the nation into a safer place to live for our children.' Share your thoughts on the shooting.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Like so many people I have talked with today about the shooting, I too feel so helpless. I want to give the children their lives back. I want to give the parents their children back. I want to give them a Merry Christmas and bright future.


    I can't do any of that, I can't even begin to console anybody on such a tragedy, not even myself.


    All most of us can do is post words online to try and make sense of this madness. To try and express our grief, our anger, our overwhelming feeling of helplessness. How do we make things better!?!?


    The only thing I can think to do is to promise to never forget. To keep talking about it, To bring it up ad nauseum. Because as long as this nation never forgets what happened today and keeps that passion alive, then maybe, just maybe, we can come up with a better way to protect our children....a way to ensure that this never has to happen to another child or parent again.


    I hope there is a company out there willing to make yellow and blue ribbons (I believe that is the schools colors) to give to every american to wear as our pledge to never forget what happened today and our pledge to make this country a better place.


    Update: The Sandy Hook School colors are green and white. Please wear these colors on Monday as a show of support and solidarity.

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