Israel and China React to the Massacre of the Innocent at Sandy Hook

A friend of Ms. Soto posted this picture of Vicki and wrote: “When the shooting started Vicki hid her kids in closets and when the gunman came into her room she said the class was in gym. She was then murdered. Not one of her students were harmed. Words can not express how heartbreaking and tragic this is. I will miss you dearly."

A friend of Victoria Soto posted this picture and wrote: “When the shooting started Vicki hid her kids in closets and when the gunman came into her room she said the class was in gym. She was then murdered. Not one of her students were harmed. Words can not express how heartbreaking and tragic this is. I will miss you dearly.”

The following is the text of the letter that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent to US President Barack Obama:

Dear President Obama,
I was shocked and horrified by today’s savage massacre of innocent children and adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. We in Israel have experienced such cruel acts of slaughter and we know the shock and agony they bring. I want to express my profound grief, and that of all the people in Israel, to the families that lost their loved ones. May you and the American people find the strength to overcome this unspeakable tragedy.

With my deepest condolences,
Benjamin Netanyahu,
Prime Minister of Israel

And from the People’s Republic of China:

The state news agency in China, the official voice of the government, has called for the United States to quickly adopt stricter gun controls in the aftermath of the shooting rampage in Connecticut that left 28 people dead, including 20 schoolchildren.

“Their blood and tears demand no delay for U.S. gun control,” said the news agency, Xinhua, which listed a series of shootings this year in the United States.

Surprise! The fascist Chinese are on board in the ongoing attempt to disarm America.

The Iranian Basij terrorists are also anxious to disarm American citizens.

And of course, oh-so-tolerant liberals call for the murder of NRA president and its members.

As Seraphic Secret has frequently pointed out: liberal progressives are basically fascists — only clad in more fashionable outfits.

Evil is real. Mental illness is real. A civilization that no longer assigns personal responsibility to the actions (good or evil) of the individual is a civilization in decline, for this is a sign of a cultural moral breakdown.

Victoria Soto protected her students and sacrificed her life in the process. She is a hero because she chose to do what she did. She took personal responsibility for her students, for their lives.

But too many refuse to assign personal responsibility to the killer.

Seraphic Secret will not write his name. His name, like Amalek, should be blotted from memory. Instead, personal responsibility is shifted from the killer to the gun, the bullets, the clip that holds the bullets.

This is madness, and useless, and counterproductive.

Only a man with a gun can stop another man with a gun. It’s that simple, that complicated.


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  1. Spencer Severns
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Mr. Averch,
    I just finished posting on another one of your stories about my ‘having just jumped into politics”. well that Letter from China is the catalyst.
    I read that letter and got so angry I could do nothing useful that day. All I could think about was that letter.
    Since then it has been a few hours a day relaying information and digging for more.
    Thank you for posting the Isreali letter for comparison I actually have not seen it before today. I am sure there are a few of my friends that would find it interesting.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted December 30, 2012 at 6:36 am | Permalink


      I’m glad Bibi’s letter touched you. I’m afraid too few people really understand the importance of America’s alliance with Isarel. It’s not just military, but an alliance of values. Stay in touch. And have a happy New Year.

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  2. Bill Brandt
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 5:12 am | Permalink

    Here is an interesting post from Michael Kennedy – retired MD – on the subject and mental health facilities.
    Amazing too how quick so many news people and others want to politicize this with calls of more gun control – which wouldn’t have changed a thing. I blame the mother for allowing easy access to this from a son she knew was troubled.

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  3. susruta
    Posted December 17, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Permalink


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  4. susruta
    Posted December 17, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    For a great pro self defense and carry site by a immigrant from the ussr check out
    clear intelligent arguments and posters in favoroof self defense and gun rights 

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  5. exdemexlib
    Posted December 17, 2012 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Mental illness is real.
    Unfortunately, Psychiatrists, of all the Medical Specialties, are the leastavailable for the general public.  The majority refuse to accept any medical insurance, and if they are somehow listed as a ‘provider’ for a specific health plan, and their offices are contacted, they give some vague response about having ‘met their quota’ for that calendar year, and do not take the insurance.
    They are the only specialists, who if the patient has an emergency (i.e. auto accident, flu, broken bone, etc.) and didn’t get to cancel the appointment 24 hrs. in advance, the patient is charged in full, for not showing up, and is not offered a ‘makeup’ appointment free of charge whenever the Psychiatrist can fit it in.
    There are some excellent, caring Psychiatrists, who work out of clinics and medical centers, on salary only, and never accept a penny from a patient (as one of them explained it, just for listening sympathetically to the troubles of their lives, and trying to help them …).
    But there are not nearly enough of them,
    and the health insurance industry views mental health similar to podiatry.
    (Yes, there is a place for it, it is important, but we don’t cover it, or cover it minimally.)
    Maybe the liberals and psychiatrists can address the issue of providing mental health where it is needed, and before it can lead to delusional thinking dominating a person into harming innocents. Will the psychiatrists alter their fee schedule?
    Even if they don’t alter it, and continue to ‘maintain their lifestyle’, could thirty of them in a city, get together and each provide ‘just one evening’ of free clinic coverage.
    If no guns were available, the murdere could just as easily rammed an SUV into a children’s playground, or acted out in other crazed violent and equally deadly behavior.
    Yes, this person shouldn’t have had access to guns,
    or to cars, baseball bats, matches, kitchen knives,  etc.
    but should have had access to mental health care, with a therapist responsible for deciding if he issafe enoughto be allowed to roam free in public.

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    • Johnny
      Posted December 18, 2012 at 3:54 am | Permalink


      Access to psychiatrists is just part of the problem. It’s been over 30 years since I took 2 semesters of abnormal psych, but the thing I still remember from those classes is just how varied mental illnesses are and how difficult it is to successfully treat them. 

      Diagnosing mental illness is much, much more difficult than diagnosing physical illness (and doctors get a lot of those wrong.) Add in the stigma that can follow someone for the rest of their life when they are diagnosed with a mental illness (hello Tom Eagelton).

      We could spend twice as much on mental illness as we do today and we may not notice any significant overall improvement in our society.  And how many psychiatrists would say that the schizophrenic has been successfully cured to the point that they can now be trusted to handle guns? 

      It’s a difficult subject to deal with and all I know is that there are no easy answers.


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  6. Johnny
    Posted December 17, 2012 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    And while I’m jumping on the politicians and former politicians, the talking heads on the Sunday shows were just awful. Disregarding Up With Chris Hayes (our motto”We Always Have Guests That Believe Republicans Are Dumb and Evil) the opinions covered the thinking from the broad expanses starting at the Hudson River all the way to the East River.

    I wouldn’t trust any of them to know which end of a gun to hold. They all talked like it was common knowledge that anyone can stop by Wal-mart and pick up an assault weapon on their way to getting drunk at the neighborhood bar tonight. It was assumed the Bushmaster was an assault rifle that could shoot dozens of bullets each second (Mike Barnicle said there are guns that can shoot hundreds of bullets each second – aye karumbi).

    These people just can’t understand why people want or need guns. But I bet a lot of them walk out of the studio with bodyguards packing heat. And I know Bloomberg never travels without two taxpayer paid bodyguards.

    When I was a teenager, a priest friend of our family was assigned to a parish 30 miles outside St. Louis. If you were to gather up all the guns in that parish you could supply enough rebels to overthrow most South American countries. Yet no one locked their doors or were ever victims of drive-by shootings. Funny how their “gun culture” didn’t result in bloody carnage. David Brooks, Dick Durbin and Mark Shields wouldn’t recognize any of the gun owning parishoners because in their world they don’t exist.

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  7. Johnny
    Posted December 17, 2012 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Ms Soto is a hero. But how much better would it have been if she had kept a loaded gun locked in her desk? What if the principal and counselor, instead of just lunging at the shooter with empty hands, were trained and equipped with a gun? How many of the police that responded to the shooting came without a gun?

    The old standby, when seconds count, the police are just minutes away.

    I reject the applause showered on the first responders at the service last night. I bet each of those first responders are in favor of gun free zones such as schools (and movie theaters and shopping malls). And the same goes for all those politicians, from Obama to the governor to that fraud Blumenthal. They were all willing to keep the students and teachers defenseless against people that want to harm them. Instead of wiping away his tears, Obama should have apologized for his religion of gun control.

    My daughter teaches sixth grade. I don’t want her dying to protect her students, I want her to stop anyone before they can hurt her students. Unfortunately, the leaders in the city of St. Louis are almost as bad as Chicago’s when it comes to guns.  

    And just as I knew, Joe Scarborough was at his sanctimonious worst this morning. I am of the belief that Mika has more cajones than he does and she has none. For a self-proclaimed conservative from Florida, he genuflects an awful lot at the altar of liberalism. 

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