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Why? Why? They were children! Children! How could someone strip a child, multiple children, of their innocence! How could someone strip them of life?

Children are one of the few good things in life. Always learning, not dispicable liars or haters or cheaters like the majority of adults, not able to commit horrendous crimes, not aware of the greater scheme of life going on around them. Believer's they are. In a child's mind, the characters of stories such as Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny are alive. Magic is real and all around us, commanded and cast by the fairies who were blessed by the mighty kings and queens from far far away. In a childs dream, there is no deception, no hatred, no confusion. There is only light and happiness and love, and their imagination is never as strong as it if in childhood.

It is for those reasons, and many more, why I believe children should be treasured. For their beautifully bliss minds and perfectly balanced ignorance. For their imagination, raw and imperfect yet honed to perfected. For their lives that are full of untroubled laughter and undying love, and for the joy of listening to them whine about their foolish little fueds and thinking grimly of how those little fueds could one day grow into something beyond repair. For knowing that theirs lives are ahead of them and that happiness is neverending.

I love children because they are everything we are not. They are loving and compassionate, learning always without being coincious of it. They are sweet and kind and honest, no matter what the consequence. They can tell the difference between right and wrong and, though they might not always make the right choice, can learn from their mistakes. They are the only ones who can change their mind and change it again and again, with no fear of running out of time. Because the sound of their laughter is the definition of happiness.

This is why we must cheerish the young. Because they are the only ones who can be innocent and oblivious to the world around them and not be troubled by it in the least. Because one day they can be an astronaut and the next a superhero, and every day for the rest of their childhood it is something new. This is why children should be loved. Not abused. Not harmed. Not slaughtered. And not suffering. That is why children should be loved.

Why they should be,
but not always are.
This was inspired after I first heard news of the slaughtered children on December 14th 2012, after a man went into a school and killed 28 people, including himself and 20 children. That news was so.... angering. I was outraged when I heard this, so troubled, so sad... I cannot begin to express that to you. Children, in my mind, should be treasured, not harmed, not hated. Loved. Not harmed. Loved.

UPDATE 15-12-12
I would like to thank everyone who has read my work for the positive feedback. This means a lot to me, that people like my work and that people can be so moved by tragec events. Thank you all for making this one of my most favorited pieces of work and for your support.
As to the negative responses, I would like to address a few things. Yes, this was moved purly out of raw emotion, and I am aware that it sounds like a rant. A part of my consious had intended it too. I did not mean for it to sound as if all human beings are bad. We are not monstorous creatures, us humanns being, but within us all if the potential to become a monster. Not all of us act on it, but it is there, which does not mean that all human beings are bad. And children, in my mind, are precious and innocent. Yes, children do lie, but they don't understand it in the way that adults do. And if you are annoyed of people writig something in memory of those lost, DONT READ IT. I don't care if your sick of seeing it, but to some people writing about those lost is a way to signal our remorse and grief.

I am perfectly well aware that not all people like what I write, and I can't fix that. Yes, this is not the best thing youve ever seen, but to me, it is my way of saying that something is wrong. That something needs to change. I can't make you happy, and I won't change my work to try. Thank you to all who support me, and thank you to all who do not.
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Alexander-Musset Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
I feel the same as you when I see TV reports of children injured and killed in war. How can they possibly understand what is going on. And why they are so horribly injured, or their brother/sister/cousin/friend/parent is dead.

I cry often about this. When we go to war we are letting our children down. We are responsible for their world. My first book will be to raise money for a charity helping kids deal with the trauma of war. I am ready to publish, but looking for an illustrator. I will self publish on Kindle/Amazon.

Thanks for sharing your feelings. Lots of people feel this way, but also feel powerless. That is why I am doing what I am doing. We cannot let this stand!

The arms trade should be illegal and the U.S needs to change the Constitution!!
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Skie2 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
do not be angry with him... for his judgement at his gateway to eternity is filled with misery and pain
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BloodxEagle Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not to mention the elementary students attacked by a man wielding a knife in China that happened the same day. :c
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KrystalBerri Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
When I heard of this, I was outraged. Then sickened and sad. How could someone do this? How could you look into a frightened, innocent child's eyes and have the nerve to shoot them? HOW DARE HE!
And I think about the children. The poor, innocent angels who never lived their lives. They had so much to live up to, but it was ripped away so painfully.
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:bulletblue::bulletyellow: PLEASE WEAR YELLOW AND BLUE, THE SCHOOL COLORS OF SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, ON MONDAY (December 17) IN REMEMBERANCE OF THOSE WHO DIED IN THE SHOOTING! :bulletyellow::bulletblue:
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UnicornsPoopNuggets Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist
I live in the area. i send my heart and prayers to the people and families that have lost someone they loved
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WhitestAsian Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Filmographer
You live in the area?! Holy hell that must've been horrible.
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UnicornsPoopNuggets Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist
Its worse for the families. they should be planning christmas not funerals. :(
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lichtie Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
I heard about this on late night radio (Scotland). I heard Obama, he spoke not only as a parent, but as a human being. Why does this keep happening? I think the constitution should be ammended!! Does the "right to bear arms" mean it is right to murder innocent children. NO! We should all get together and boycott Wal-Mart etc (asda in the Uk) till they stop selling guns and other deadly weapons. Amend the Constitition!
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WhitestAsian Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Filmographer
I would, but I live in Canada where you can't just buy guns at a Walmart. I only learned that the States did that last year, and I though the person telling me that was joking. I'm surprised that you can still pickup a shotgun in the same place you can buy candy.
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Tora121 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That was so beautiful ;o
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WhitestAsian Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Filmographer
Agreed C':
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Veni-Scripsi-Vici Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for sharing this. This has been truly traumatizing. I'm creating a sympathy card for the victims and am going to mail it to the school when I'm finished. If you or anyone you know want to show support/sympathy you can either note me or go to the Facebook page I created "Sympathy for Sandy Hook Elementary" and leave your name. My plan is to gather as many signatures as possible then incorporate all of them into the design.
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lichtie Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
What you are doing is wonderful! "You can only truly grieve through love".
Take Care of Yourself.
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Veni-Scripsi-Vici Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. I hope I get more signatures. I don't have many, but a few is better than none.
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feralglance Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for sharing this with us. True and very eloquent.
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WhitestAsian Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Filmographer
100% agreed
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Ennayenaled Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply heartbreaking, when is America going to say enough is enough and get something done about this? How many more innocent little children have to die before things change? I'm bewildered and heartbroken.....speechless really
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WhitestAsian Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Filmographer
What can they do to stop it though? There's only so much you can do to control people. I want it to stop, but the world will never run short of psychopaths.
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Ennayenaled Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's true and I don't really expect it to stop completely but i think we have do the ability as a society (ha ha) to get back to where we were before school shootings, teenage suicides, and other such violent nonsense were so common. I don't remember things like that being on the news all the time when i was a kid and suddenly everyday there's a new tragedy. I wish the world would figure out where things went wrong and actually do something about it...dare to dream right?
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WhitestAsian Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Filmographer
My grandpa said the same thing, I assumed this stuff always happened. Maybe it's just because I'm accustomed to hearing about it, but I don't expect it to stop unless something drastic happens but, dare to dream is a good motto.
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Ennayenaled Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah I don't ever remember this kinda thing being on the news as a kid in the 90's and most cases were like the kind where a kid shoots his parents or what have you but was an accident. now a days if a kid has a serious problem or someone with a mental disorder lives their life being ignored they just shoot up a school or some such violent nonsense to get peoples attention instead of going to someone and saying Hey i have problem, please help. Thats Dear Amanda did, she was crying out for help and all she got was ridicule, and for something that a lot of other people do but never get the same outcome....sad sad world. but i still dare to dream
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WhitestAsian Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student Filmographer
Amanda lived in my Province, in the same town my grandparent's used to live. I hate people sometimes when I think that so many horrible people would go out of their lives to ruin the life of a good person for no more reason that for fun. It's not fair. A lot of them still make fun of her too.
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Ennayenaled Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know, it makes me sick that people have no respect for the dead. I play WoW and even on there people are openly heartless. I understand why, they didn't know her any better than some of the people mourning her and i don't know what their gaining out of being cruel and stupid. I hope they get a severe dose of karma soon.
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WhitestAsian Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student Filmographer
Can I get some of that karma over here in League of Legends?
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Thao-mymy728 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
and we get to thank the 2nd ammendment, right to bear arms. what is wrong with america?!! do you know how easy it is to purchase guns and ammunition?!!!!! it's easy as 1,2,3, and even worse, the people buying them and killing all these people are getting younger and younger. R.I.P all those little angels, because they really deserve it.
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LivelovelifeEleni Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
that just makes me so MAD.....the parents will never get closure
and then that dude shoots himself
I feel horrible for the kids
and other kids that are affected somewhere else by stuff like this </3
I give my blessings to the school/parents
and r.i.p dear children ;n
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EchizenGita Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The connecticut thing? man, that was harsh ._.
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NightFall-1 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"This is why we must cheerish the young. Because they are the only ones who can be innocent and oblivious to the world around them" Quote.

It was terrible news but, children aren't innocent anymore, as for oblivious, they know what they are doing, that could have easily been done by one of them, he just got in the way first.

This is not an attack on your opinion so don't take it that way, I'm just voicing mine as well. :)
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cepsomay Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
buy a gun as easy as buy a candy ...
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cherry12 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
News like this makes me not want to live on this planet anymore...
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Solaces Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Hm, a bit melodramatic (and I'm talking about the writing here, not the content; I am fully aware of the nature of the content and am just as moved by it, so stay off white knights plz).

That said, its heart seems to be in the right place and I really am not in the mood to go into full bitch mood with a critique unless you'd like me to. :)
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DepthsOfDestruction Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I dislike children. Really. Much.
But what happened there is horrible. Even if I dislike them, children are one of the things I consider innocent, simply because they didn't live long enough yet, not long enough to feel something like hate, jealousy, lust, fury ... That's why I also consider them untouchable. No matter the reason, no matter the foul excuse, children should never be victims of any kind of violence.

And people telling us to fuck off and leave them alone, telling us we didn't even know them and to stop weeping ... You aren't better than the shooter.
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lichtie Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Yeah, I know what you mean! I've been told not to voice "political opinions". This is not about Politics, it is about Morals. Killing people is wrong! I taught people of all ages with Special Educational Needs. They also have an trusting innocence that should be treasured and not mocked. The last commentator's about not having any Effing Kids only shows what an asshole he is! Sorry, an Asshole is something useful!
Take care DepthsOfDestruction: you have a soul!
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DepthsOfDestruction Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course killing people is wrong ...
Overall I agree with your comment, but please, tell me how I should interprete your last sentence, with me having a soul and everything. I'm a little clueless.
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lichtie Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Just that it's sometimes (or often) a cold world out there. Thomas Hobbes wrote "...that man's life is nasty, brutish and short..." over three centuries ago. We still seem not to have learned by our past mistakes.
The fact that you obviously love ART in many of its forms, shows that can see that art and culture can bring (hope?) something that can maybe also bring change for the better. "Hae a Guid New Year" (Scots)
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WhitestAsian Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Filmographer
Who's telling anyone to stop weeping?
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DepthsOfDestruction Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Take The comment below, from Ishtaros, as an example.
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WhitestAsian Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Filmographer
Oh right >.< I saw that. Nevermind I got it.
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NigelJoy Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
why you dislike childrens?do you hate your childhood or i guess you were put in this world as an adult!
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Giganotus Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, no need to get all rude. I'm not a huge fan of children either, but I agree with their statement in that they're untouchable. Some people simply have a hard time dealing with young children, but that doesn't mean we hate our childhood or whatever. Chill out.
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WhitestAsian Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Filmographer
Agreed :C But I guess this is a subject which gets people emotional.
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DepthsOfDestruction Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My reasons don't concern you.
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Shadowsbeloved Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Photographer
I... I just.. I can't fathom what would cause something like this... The only question I think can come to mind is, "Why?" Those children will never live a full life. They will never go to college. Their parents will never hold them again. They will never know what different types of love are. They will never get married. They will never be parents... I can't wrap my mind around this. I really just can't.
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WhitestAsian Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Filmographer
I feel the same way. The world can be a sick place.
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Shadowsbeloved Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Photographer
It is. It really is. And I look at my nieces and nephews and get sick all over again. They are in elementary school; what if something like that happens to them? I just don't understand. But maybe that's a good thing
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WhitestAsian Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Filmographer
Nobody in the right mind can justify this. I can only assume that the killer did it as revenge against his mother.
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Shadowsbeloved Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Photographer
Murder doesn't need justification... It just happens :/
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KuboTaiko Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Writer
This happend yesterday? Shit!
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WhitestAsian Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Filmographer
I've been watching nonstop news casts about it. [link] Here's an article if you want to read.
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deltari2 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Some of the children who were killed could change our world D: but that killer didn't make it happen,He deserves to die for sure ;-;
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