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Letters: Newtown's sad legacy

June 18, 2013
  • A bus bears some of the more than 6,000 names of people killed by gun violence since the massacre in Newtown at a remembrance event on the six month anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
A bus bears some of the more than 6,000 names of people killed by gun violence… (Spencer Platt / Getty Images )

Re "Newtown marks 6 months of grief," June 15

On the six-month anniversary of the shootings in Newtown, Conn., I went with my family to a demonstration, where we held pictures of the young victims from Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lots of passing motorists honked in support, but there were only a few dozen of us there holding signs calling for better gun laws, including a mom who's awaiting the trial of the people suspected of killing her son.

My 18-year-old — who goes to Santa Monica College, the scene of a recent shooting rampage — asked why there wasn't more of a hue and cry about gun violence. And I wondered if, after Newtown, people just can't bring themselves to get upset about this.

If that's the legacy of Newtown — that we can no longer think about gun violence — it may be one of the saddest things of all.

Rhonda Hayter

Los Angeles

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