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Memorials for Newtown Shooting Victims

Many websites, including Patch, will darken Friday morning during a national moment of silence. Morton Grove is officially lighting (flameless) candles for victims Friday 5 to 10 p.m., anyone can join in.

In the week since the nation was shaken by the fatal shootings of more than two dozen students and staff at a Connecticut elementary school, efforts have been made locally to remember those affected. 

All Patch sites will go dark during the national moment of silence Friday morning. Locally, it will begin at 8:30 a.m.

During the week, many towns, including Barrington, Lake Zurich and Grayslake, organized candlelight vigils in memory of the victims. 

Morton Grove is holding a Light the Night candlelight vigil tonight (Friday, Dec. 21) from 5 to 10 pm. Residents are encouraged to put lighted candles, preferably flameless, on the porch or in a window.

Schools have discussed their safety plans with Patch in the last week. Des Plaines police contacted area superintendants to review school safety plans.

On Wednesday, Patch reported that Dick's Sporting Goods stores had pulled some firearms from their shelves.

Also, Patch took an in-depth look at how such murders can be prevented by addressing the emotional and psychological needs of people with violent tendencies or personality disorders. 

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Mary Beth December 21, 2012 at 05:44 PM
We need to do more as citizens and as a nation than grieve for the loss of innocents, not just those precious babies in Conn, but those lost daily in our cities often on their way to and from school. Columbine happened in 1999, with many more to follow, and yet we debate the same issues: gun control, the dismal lack of mental health care, and the insidious prevalence of violence as entertainment in our culture. While we have a plethora of guns available, some say easier to get than a driver's license, accessible legally or illegally. While Lanza got his guns from home, other shooters, much younger, ordered their weapons online. Yes, we need to limit the type & amount of guns easily obtained. A pistol can kill as dead as a rifle, maybe not as many or as fast. But, the time to stop the Lanzas of the world is well before they reach the doors of the school; by providing the mental health services they so desperately need. No mother (parent) should be be left alone in bearing the burden of caring for such a disturbed young man. We rely on prisons, jails, homeless shelters to warehouse the mentally ill, offering no legitimate treatment options, yet are shocked when atrocities occur. Mental illness IS an illness, the same as cancer or diabetes; there should be no stigma. Until we recognize the rights of the mentally ill to reasonable, appropriate, cost effective treatment covered by insurance, with government programs readily available, we will continue to reap what we sow.

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