Sandy Hook's children were "butchered" and "brutalized"
The Kansas City Star
A Newtown mom of one child gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School has bravely stepped forward with details about what her child looked like after he was killed.
And as America’s gun lovers keep clinging to their rights to own and use assault weapons, these are the kinds of details that elected officials in Congress and state offices need to know about if we’re ever going to get better, more effective gun control in this country.
Author Naomi Zeveloff interviewed Veronique Pozner, whose son Noah was killed on Dec. 14. Here’s the most chilling passage, which talks about what Noah looked like in his casket:
“We all saw how beautiful he was. He had thick, shiny hair, beautiful long eyelashes that rested on his cheeks. He looked like he was sleeping. But the reality of it was under the cloth he had covering his mouth there was no mouth left. His jaw was blown away. I just want people to know the ugliness of it so we don’t talk about it abstractly, like these little angels just went to heaven. No. They were butchered. They were brutalized. And that is what haunts me at night.”
Veronique Pozner is absolutely right with her “angels” comment. In this country we seem to think that young victims of violent crime just go straight to heaven. It’s easy to issue sappy statements about the victims, as many have done since the deaths.
But in reality, as Noah’s mom said, the assault weapons used in the attack riddled her child and other of the 25 more victims with dozens of bullets, blowing away parts of their bodies.
We need to know that. Congress needs to know that. So do other elected officials.
As Ms. Pozner also noted, she asked Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy to see Noah’s open casket at the funeral home.
“I needed it to have a face for him,” she said. “If there is ever a piece of legislation that comes across his desk, I needed it to be real for him.”
Other Newtown parents have not been as open. They have good reasons to be reticent, including the fact that the murders are still so fresh in their minds, they don’t want to talk about what their sons or daughters really looked like.
They and we prefer to think about the “angels” they all looked like in those oft-repeated images displayed in the national media.
Some of these parents of victims also may not want to be part of the gun debate, to feel as if they are being used by one side or the other as the issue roils America.
However, think about this for a moment.
What if, in addition to printing photos of the 20 children and six adults as they looked when they were alive, the media also printed what the 26 victims looked like after they had been shot.
It’s horrific to even think about. It’s also something that could bring home the truth about the killing machines that assault weapons have become in America.