#Newtown Shooting Reignites Gun Control Debate
Like this summer’s theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, Friday’s shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. sparked anew the debate on gun control across social media.
- — matthew carson (@maaaatthew)Fri, Dec 14 2012 10:04:27if a day in which 18 children have been murdered is not the day to talk about gun control, when WILL the day be? #newtown
- Anti-gun advocates pushed for greater gun control.
- — Kelli Russell Agodon (@kelliagodon)Fri, Dec 14 2012 10:21:27Do you want to live in a country where you wake up & put bulletproof vests on your kids to go to school? Heartbroken today. #guncontrolnow
- — B. Dolan (@BDolanSFR)Fri, Dec 14 2012 10:30:57Go beyond "keeping families in our thoughts" & call your congressman today. Gun laws in the U.S. are broken & 2012 is proof. #guncontrolnow
- Gun-rights supporters argued back:
- — Mike JOEY (@iamMIKEJOEY)Fri, Dec 14 2012 11:23:39and why is #guncontrolnow trending? you people really think a law is going to stop a psychopath murderer from getting a gun? stop.
- — 50 Shades of Class (@ManWithClass)Fri, Dec 14 2012 10:30:10and so it has begun. liberals are preaching for gun control already. stop with your #guncontrolnow crap and focus on the victims, jerks.
- — Vincent Harris (@VincentHarris)Fri, Dec 14 2012 10:18:05Disgusting to me are liberals and other already politicizing this attack. This is not about the NRA or the Constitution. It's about evil.
- With at least 25 people, including 18 children and the gunman dead, an emotional President Obama said, "These children are our children and we're going to have to come together to take meaningful action."
- By midday, all of Twitter's top trends in the U.S. (aside from the promoted trend) were associated with the shooting:
- — Nima Shirazi (@WideAsleepNima)Fri, Dec 14 2012 10:57:14A nation that refuses to do anything to help its citizens - especially children & teachers - not get murdered is a failed state. #newtown
- — JARED LETO (@JaredLeto)Fri, Dec 14 2012 11:03:33My heart + thoughts to the victims, their families, and all affected by the #Newtown school shooting. Absolutely horrifying and tragic.
- One Twitter user took to asking for "Twitter silence" for a minute in honor of the victims.
- — Pauly David (@PaulyDavid)Fri, Dec 14 2012 10:14:55
- As news coverage developed, many on Twitter bristled as news organizations took to interviewing children.
- — Christian M™ (@TheBoxingCoach)Fri, Dec 14 2012 12:02:54Why are journalists trying to interview children from the school about the shooting? Show some ethics & integrity.
- — Cam Cole (@rcamcole)Fri, Dec 14 2012 10:40:35
- — Richard Roeper (@richardroeper)Fri, Dec 14 2012 12:13:44I understand, though I don't condone, interviews with children. Don't understand parents that would allow TV to talk to their kids.
- Many across the country tried to empathize with the school's parents:
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