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Some leftover links post-Newtown August 14, 2013

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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Slate’s ongoing tally of (reported) gun deaths in America since Newtown, through August 14.

A check-in with some of the police officers who responded to the shooting. Includes some graphic descriptions of the scenes they went through. Featuring a whole lot of PTSD.

From Confessions of a Funeral Director, an in-the-moment look at what the practical follow-up would be for Newtown, including the role of trauma teams.

We’re not in post-traumatic stress; we’re in trauma, right now,” said Mrs. Marquez-Greene, a marriage and family therapist. “We’ve chosen not to make hard and fast decisions about anything. Some days I want to get up and go outside and get the groceries, and some days I can’t brush my teeth. Some days I feel I can be a good parent to my son, and some days I just want to stay in bed and sleep.”

“In case you have never had this experience, these are the kind of things you think about as you are waiting to see if you are going to die you are going to become a casualty. After a bit, my co-teacher, a young postdoc, and I quietly confided to each other our worst fear: that the shooter was one of our students, a young man I will call Jack.

“A strange thing happened after 45 senators killed a bill to expand background checks for gun buyers […] many of those same senators suddenly discovered a profound affection for background checks. They had been for them all along, it turns out, and wanted nothing more than to keep guns out of the hands of felons.”



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