Praying December 14, 2012

Along with all of America, I’m heartbroken over the horrific news out of Connecticut. Please pray for the victims and their families today — and for a long time to come.

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  • Kirstin Fitzgerald

    It’s so tragic and heartbreaking.. I can’t imagine what the poor parents must be feeling..

  • aaron krohn

    EVERY killing of innocents is sad, incomprehensible, tragic.
    But of CHILDREN???!!!
    The photo you posted of an empty swing says it all!
    (Reminds me a bit of the “riderless horse” in the funeral procession of President Kennedy!)

    This day is a(nother) day that will “live in infamy”!!

  • Thomas Hubbard

    We need to put the Bible and Christ back in the schools.

    • Liane

      Oh, Thomas, shut it! That’s a cliche response.

      Every one of those murdered innocents could have had their heads lowered in prayer, and the murderous monster would have killed them any way. There’s more to this tragedy than prayer being taken out of schools, and until we know the back story, your platitudes do no good. Since you love to pray, join Bristol and millions of others who’ll say one for the babies who died too young!

    • Melissa Kelly

      Exactly Thomas, as the Presidential Prayer Team wrote today, “Heavenly Father, We cry out to You for comfort and healing for the children, parents and staff of Sandy Hook Elementary School. Guide the police as they investigate the crime. Bring about clarity of the facts of the crime. We repent for our nation taking You out of our schools and communities for it is You who made our country great. Forgive us, Lord.”

    • CJ

      AMEN, Thomas 🙂
      I couldn’t agree with you more!
      You don’t need to “shut up”. We need to continue to shout it!!
      Beautiful prayer, Melissa. AMEN!

      • BlueVA

        I don’t need to see prayer in schools. It will take too much work time out of our students’ day, considering all the religions who would need their own time to worship. I do not lament the fact that my kids don’t pray in school if I’m guiding them to start their day with prayer at home. And I don’t see how prayer in schools will prevent these tragedies. I’ll bet these murderers are not believers.

        On the one hand, people against gun control say, “Gun control won’t stop these mad men from these acts.” Then they say, “Prayer in schools and arming teachers will stop these mad men from these acts.” So prayer and loosened laws are the remedy to stopping the murder of children in schools and shoppers in malls? I don’t get you guys.

  • Gina

    I live in CT. It was too close to home. So sad. Please say an extra prayer for the victims and their families tonight. And please hug your kids a little longer and a little tighter tonight. Many vigils are being planned in towns across the state tonight. I’m trying to find one close to me.

  • Sally

    This post bothers me in two ways: it is disrespectful for someone pretending to be Bristol Palin to write in response to this very real, heart wrenching tragedy. Secondly, this country needs more than prayers. It needs to have real dialogue about why our country has more gun violence and more mass shootings than others and see what we can do better.

    • tinytwotoned

      That’s a blood libel doncha know and that too also.

    • sodakhic

      Get of your high horse Sally. You are such a liar, Bristol is writing everything in this blog.

  • Susan Ward

    Leave it to the ill-informed trolls like Sally and Tiny to come crawling out from under their rocks at a sad time like this to accuse Bristol of not writing her own post as they attempt to politicize this devastating tragedy.
    Thank you Bristol for reminding us all to not just pray today and tomorrow for the families but continue to pray for a long time.

    • tinytwotoned

      Don’t retreat, reload. It’s a blood libel against MEEE! That was how she reacted to gabby giffords mass shooting. That’s why they don’t let her near a computer and why fox news has put her on the third string. Now she is just a wasilla valley grandma of two, not yet 50 and neither kids married. And not a single one college bound. Just wait until piper pulls her shenanigans, yikes. great parenting.

  • This is a very sad tragedy….can’t imagine the pain the victim’s families are going through. It will be a sad Christmas for all involved. God Bless these families!!!

  • Sally

    Susan., Bristol dies not write this blog. Bancy French does. And this is not ” politicizing ” the tragedy, this is about this country having way more gun violence and mass shootings than other countries. When this happens in other countries they have looked at the reasons and s risky done something about it. How many children and others need to be killed before America agrees we font need assault weapons and we need better gun control?

    • Z

      The reason is because not everyone agrees with your analysis. The data is inconclusive. No side has a monopoly on the statistics. All I’ve heard everywhere are anecdotal evidence of this country or that country. When you look at the data as a whole, it’s inconclusive.

  • David

    All of us need to Pray for the families and friends of the victims.
    All of us need to pay closer attention to the people around us.
    We have to get Mentally Unstable people off of out streets
    and put them in Mental Hospitals where they can be Treated.

  • Christine

    Loving God,
    Gather to your heart the victims of violence and hate.
    In the wake of unexplainable suffering, walk with us.
    Comfort those who lost loved ones unexpectedly and needlessly.
    Renew their hearts with your grace. Wash them with your tears.
    Breathe your life into their spirits.

    Guide us through our fears and anxious moments.
    Bless us with the knowledge of your presence always.
    Raise up among us those who will tirelessly work for unity and reconciliation.
    May we all become agents of your peace.



    Guns do not kill people, spoons do not make people fat and pencils do not misspell words. Another horrific tragedy that will be molested by the liberal agenda!

    • BlueVA

      Great prayer, Christine. It touched this liberal, until you instructed me that I have an “agenda” to “molest” this tragedy. Eww…

  • Cheryl

    Who is Bancy French and why would she or he write Bristol’s blog? Bristol please settle this. Thanks

  • Luciana

    Knowing you, you will probably suggest that if those poor elementary school students had guns, they would have been able to better protect themselves…When are you going to realize that people can kill people because they have GUNS to help them!

    • Michael

      @Luciana – people also PROTECT people b/c they have GUNS to help them. Somehow, we never seem to hear about those cases.
      @Sally – if one of the adults had had access to a firearm when the bad guy stormed his way into the school, he/she WOULD HAVE BEEN in a position to stop this guy before he killed all those kids. As for why the teacher had those guns when she had a son with a mental illness, you’d have to ask her. As for why people “need” guns, all I can say is this. I’ve never owned a gun in my life, but I grew up around them. If I wanted to own one, and I followed the law while owning it, then WHY I have it is really none of your business.

      • Tremblay

        That is such crap! To solve the problem with more guns, arming everyone is psycho. Should this principal have been walking around school packing heat? And do you think that in the confusion she would have been able to pull out her gun, aim and shoot before she was shot? MORE GUNS, MORE DEATH, SO SIMPLE TO REASONABLE THINKING PEOPLE. The U.S.A. is a crazy gun loving country. I feel sorry for the normal, reasonable non NRA gun loving ted nuggent/sarah palin type citizens. Take back your country from these freaks people!

  • Eddie Greenberg

    Thank you Bristol for this comprehensive report. I shared it so that my friends and neighbors will be aware.


  • Sally

    Michael that is crap. In these assaults, citizens with guns have not stopped the carnage. And that is not the solution. AND there is no reason for assault weapons to be allowed. When I asked why the a kindergarten teacher owned such weapons, it was a rhetoric question. There is no good reason why. Ban them. Tell the NRA to go to hell. And if you cant go that because it infringes on your own ” personal freedoms” then you have no business saying your heart goes out to these poor little slain children and their families.

  • Sally

    Michael there is ni need to own assault weapons. Ban them. Tell the NRA to go to hell. And if you cant go that because it infringes on your own ” personal freedoms” then you have no business saying your heart goes out to these poor little slain children and their families.

    • Susan Ward

      Sorry to hijack your heart-felt post Bristol, but apparently “Sally” is going to continue with her lies until the actual facts are posted. China has banned all guns, yet in the past 18 months there have been numerous attacks in schools resulting in the death of 25 children and 117 seriously injured children by knife-wielding individuals, some even using an axe or a hammer or a box-cutter and one using a cleaver to murder 7 kindergartners and their teacher. Just yesterday, 22 Chinese children were slashed by another knife-wielding man at their school. Those are the only recent reported incidents, the actual cases may be higher because the Chinese have scrubbed their sites. (Read NYTimes “Fifth Deadly Assault in China on Schoolchildren in Two months)
      Norway, Scotland, England, Finland, France, etc, have some of the strictest gun laws in the world. In Norway at a summer camp, a man shot 110, killing 69 adolescents and he also set off a bomb in Oslo which killed 8 and injured 209 people . In Scotland, 17 children killed at Dunblane Primary School. In England, 12 killed/11 injured in Cumbria. In Finland, 8 killed at Jokela School in ’07 and at Kauhajoki School, 10 killed.

      • Susan Ward

        Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, yet there were 480 homicides in Chicago in the first 11 months of 2012, 192 shootings in Nov alone, a 49% increase from last year. It’s ludicrous to think disarming law-abiding citizens will remove guns from the hands of criminals.
        “In a nation where there are over 50 million legal gun owners, there is no clear reason how the outbursts of violence by mentally unstable individuals whose weapon of choice is a gun, can be used as a rationale to curtail constitutionally protected Second Amendment rights. The two are not even logically synonymous.” It wasn’t a lack of strict gun control laws that failed the dear children and teachers in CT, so please take your ridiculous, naive arguement elsewhere.

        • Melissa Kelly

          Today, in southern California a gunman fired more than 50 rounds at a busy shopping mall crowded with holiday shoppers at the time of the shooting. California’s landmark Assault Weapons law, which went into effect in 2000, bans the use of handgun magazines with more than 19 bullets. So much for gun laws!

        • Sheila

          Tell that to the parents in CT Susan. You people are horrible. Your obsession with guns is sick. You claim your Christians. Oh and don’t forget it was your hero Ronald Reagan who shut down out mental institutions.

          • Melissa Kelly

            And Sheila it was your hero, the current POTUS, who allowed 1 billion dollars in School Security Funds to lapse out of budget concerns before the Sandy Hook shooting. School safety initiatives and key security programs that could have saved the lives of the children in CT.

        • BlueVA

          That shooter wasn’t able to kill because of a lapse in school security funds. We need to explore much deeper than that. He was a mentally ill young man with access to legally owned guns. Why did his mother need semi-automatic weapons for self-defense? She couldn’t have imagined in her worst nightmare that those weapons would be used to kill her — by her own son. The culture of keeping and bearing arms being a G-d-given right is the problem with this country. It’s not about animal heads hung on walls and bear pelts draped on a certain ex-governor’s couch. It’s not about preserving a right to own guns and, in school, praying that no bad guys get a hold of them. That doesn’t work. Gun-rights advocates need to rethink their priorities.

          • Melissa Kelly

            BlueVA, get back to me when you do some research on your own rather than being a sheeple and believing the lib meme. Start with the brilliant Charles Krauthammer who writes, “This is the problem of evil and it’s been struggled with forever” or read Breitbart ( and look at the statistics in states like VA where gun sales went up 73% and at the same time gun-related violent crime fell 24% compared to Chicago, that is, if you truly want to learn the truth about gun control laws.
            Governor Palin or her husband may have legally killed a bear (btw, are you wearing a shoes or a belt?) but thank the Lord Governor Palin didn’t kill her unborn child.

          • BlueVA

            Melissa Kelly, I have done my research. Get back to me when you can argue with respect for other opinions and not name-call. In the meantime, I’ll leave you to practice your gun idolatry, like good “Christian” conservatives do these days. Cling, girl! Cling!

          • Liane

            Abortion, Melissa Kelly?! Did you just drag abortion into this discussion? Well, congratulations. You and Victoria Jackson are officially the two most tone-deaf and possibly blackhearted people on the planet right now.

  • Joseph

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families of the children and adults that were killed in Newtown, CT. May God be with them.

  • Julie

    Being anti-gun is OK. Blaming this senseless tragedy on people who are pro-second amendment is NOT ok.

    Praying for these families is OK. Using the deaths of these precious souls to further an agenda is NOT ok.

    Leave the agenda alone. Pray for the families. There is plenty of time to debate later. Doing it now makes people look like heartless fools. We are better than this.

    • Z

      Exactly. Each side is claiming the other side is politicizing this when both sides are doing it. The hypocrisy needs to end.

      And when it comes to the empirical evidence for or against gun laws, the overall evidence is still inconclusive. People will pull out trump cards, like Japan, but then the opposite side can pull out Switzerland. The fact is people are just cherry picking data to support their view. Nobody really knows for sure what will happen with new gun laws. Maybe crimes will go down or go up, nobody can say for sure.

  • Sally

    Susan and Melissa, true that no matter how strict the laws they will never totally eliminate gun violence. But have you looked at the statistics? This country owns half the worlds guns. And as a result we have hugely higher numbers of gun deaths than other countries per capita. And there is no need for civilians to own assault weapons . Period. If the deaths of these 20 little children is not enough for you to reconsider your supposed need and god-given right to bear whatever and how ever many guns you want, then you have no place saying this breaks your heart, sending prayers and hugs, and asking how can such a thing happen??? It is high time Washington said FU to the NRA and their campaign dollars and banned automatic and semi automatic weapons, and did whatever else is is needed to reduce gun violence in this country. Other countries do it. Why can’t we? So much for this being Thd ” greatest country on earth”. What a crock.

    • ScottCA

      Sorry to keep this acrimonious debate going but hey anti-gun crowd, do you know that Dem Sen. Chuck Schumer, one of the most anti-gun Senators in D.C., obtained a permit to carry as well as Dem Sen. Barbara Boxer who also used her influence to secure an elusive concealed carry permit from California, even though both Schumer and Boxer regularly employ armed guards for their personal protection? Just because a politician recognizes that being armed makes THEM safer, doesn’t mean they support OUR rights to keep and bear arms, hypocritical don’t you think?

      • BlueVA

        I don’t think that anyone wants to completely eliminate the right to keep a gun. Maybe I speak for myself, but I’m concerned, not with hunters or law enforcement or single women who keep a gun legally, but with people who feel the need to stockpile all kinds of weapons. Semi-automatic weapons? Why are they necessary? As long as we have folks who would “defend their Second Amendment rights to the death,” then we as a country need to take a good hard look at who is really paying with their lives. It’s people who are sitting in movie theaters and mothers asleep in bed and children building gingerbread houses in their kindergarten classroom. Charlton Heston died safe and sound. Ted Nugent probably will too. I’d rather let those types pay with their lives, since they’ve offered themselves up for the cause many times.

        • Z

          I don’t get all this talk of ‘semi-automatic’ weapons. That just means that the next round loads on its own but you still shoot one round at a time. There’s not actually much difference between that and a pump action gun for example in practice.

  • Steph

    In my opinion the Israelis have it right: arm the teachers, and you have one dead gunman instead of a bunch of innocent children and school personnel. Of course, the Israelis live in a war zone, but it doesn’t make the argument any less valid.

  • marie

    A gun is a tool. It takes someone to load it, point it, and pull the trigger in order for it to do any harm. It is an object unable to feel hate or have intent. The problem is in the minds of the murderers, this countrys mental health…and the fact that it is swept under the rug, no one wants to talk about it our deal with it. Gun control simply DOES NOT work! The gunman was violating a slew of gun laws already; obtained illegally,age restricted,gun on school grounds, etc. The criminal pays no attention to laws! Countries with bans still have gun crimes, murders, assaults. Tim McVeigh killed countless people and children; no gun. Its time we do something about mental illness and stop immortalizing these murderers with the fame and recognition they get in the press.

  • Sally

    Marie, these guns were not obtained illegally. They belonged to the mother. Assault guns should be banned. If they were, she would not have had them. And her son would not have had them . Her head children would.

    Other countries have more gun control a far far less gun violence. The time is now fir thus country to have dialogue and change

    • Sheila

      The Palin family doesn’t want a ban on guns.

  • Sally

    Sorry, instead of ” her head children would” that was to read: And these children and teachers would be alive today.

  • Sally

    No Melissa, those children died because the ban on assault guns was allowed to lapse. Let’s hope this tragedy is enough to make politicians ignore the NRA’s threats and ban these weapons. Period.

  • Thomas Hubbard

    No folks, the problem is not the guns it’s the lack of the teaching of love and Christ to those who are lost, as the shooter was in need of which is taught in the Bible. They have banned the Bible. The stupidy is this Adminstration may want to dis-arm the American people, but will be giving Egypt a Sharia Law nation 16 of our F-17 Fighters which could take out the whole town of Newton Conn.
    Sheila get a brain, under Sharia law you’d be a dead woman.

    • Liane

      Thomas, the shooter was homeschooled. How do you know that his mother didn’t teach him and pray with him? Most homeschoolers come from families with a strong faith, right? The shooter was mentally ill, and that was a documented fact. Do you suggest that with more faith his mother could have seen him cured?

      • conservativemama

        Actually homeschooling is not so monolithic. My daughter attended a very liberal college in Massachusetts where many students had been homeschooled, all by very liberal parents.

        We have to discuss how best to deal with children suffering with various mental health issues. Too many children and their families are overwhelmed and it’s spilling out of the privacy of homes.

        Banning guns is not an answer because a person determined to destroy others will not be so easily deterred. Timothy McVeigh didn’t need a gun.

        Some of us are old enough to remember a time and place when many people owned guns for hunting mostly and these things did not happen. Society has changed and our children are paying a price. If we narrow the national discussion to just banning guns then all we’ll be doing is parroting talking points. Let’s have the discussion, but let’s get it all out there.

    • Liane

      Also, the Bible has NOT been banned. Do you suggest that a faithful family who prays together at home isn’t as faithful if they can’t also pray in school? And you need to get your facts straight about this administration. Under President Obama, gun laws have actually been loosened. Since he took office, you should take heart: you can now carry your guns into national parks and protect your family as they slumber under the stars. President Obama did that.

    • Sheila

      Thomas you are an idiot. This kid was mentally ill. No amount of love or church could have prevented him from what he did. And exactly who has banned the bible? I can buy a bible whenever I want. I can go to church as much as I want. I can pray anytime I like as long as its to myself and not bothering those around me. No one has banned any parents from teaching their children about jesus christ. Or taking them to church. Or giving them a bible. This religious argument is a crock…..only meant to distract from the real issues of mental illness and dangerous guns. Semi automatic guns and large capacity clips should be outlawed. They are not needed for hunting or protection.

      I will ignore your sharia law comments because again you are an IDIOT.

  • Sally

    Thomas, the Bible has not been banned? You are free to read it and believe it. It just has no place in public schools except perhaps in a world religions course. And as for what needs to be fine, look to other countries. Why are they so much more safe from gun violence?

  • autumng

    I feel so bad that your friendship with Mark took a toll. I don’t feel you should have done the all star season. It left you in a “worse light” than the first time. You new it would take hours of daily practice and EFFORT that you weren’t willing to put it. At least the field producers are being honest. Mark tried to be a good friend to you after the first season and you never kept in touch as much…that’s fine…but you shouldn’t have expected people to drop everything for you when even other contestants said you were unhappy doing the show. Seriously, was the money worth the humiliation? DO your son a favor and stay out of the limelight. The worst thing your mom did was to exploit her family for personal gain. Willow not that bright, Piper is rude, Track knocked up a girl and getting a divorce (marriage a sham anyway according to D.), and your son repeating what he “hears” from your family….SMH…..stop trying to be a reality star….just be a mom. Your show had barely any ratings and you had no where near the fans voting for you on dwts for a reason….look in the mirror.

  • sodakhic

    Hey everybody Media Matters is paying Sally to trash Bristol. Nice gig set up by Obama Adminstration.

    • WakeUpAmerica

      Say what? How the hell did you connect those dots?