More painful deaths

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The murders that took place in Newtown, Conn., are nothing short of tragic. But it brings up an issue that I've been tossing around in my head since the shootings at Virginia Tech. At what point does that sick feeling in our stomachs take over and we let ourselves feel the pain of such senseless violence? It seems to me that as a society, we've become numb to a certain extent.

Ask yourself ... the last time there was a short blurb in the paper or a brief mention on the news of an innocent child being shot and killed in the Hill District, did you have the same reaction as you did when you heard the news about Sandy Hook? It's almost as if we've come to expect such violence in the inner city, so we pay it no mind.

But why is it that most people don't feel that same punch to the gut? Is it because of the sheer number of deaths that occurred at the elementary school and the university? Or the fact that the shootings took place at school where our kids are supposed to be safe?

Where is the outrage, the sadness, that awful feeling in our collective tummies when a child is murdered, no matter what the setting or number of lives lost?

South Fayette



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