Resident Calls for Lights Out Tonight in Support of Shooting Victims and Families

Homes and businesses across the Bay Area are asked to turn off their holiday lights Friday night in a show of support for the victim's of today's tragic shooting. What do you think?


"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers - so many caring people in this world." -- Mister Rogers

We can't reach out to hug or to cry alongside the families in who have experienced such loss after today's tragic shootings, but there is something we can do as a community that will hopefully send a message of solidarity in this sad time, say some folks around the Bay Area: turn off your holiday lights tonight.

As the town of Newton, CT will be dark for a long time to come, we can surely spend a few hours without the bright lights of what is normally a joyous season.

And for those whose neighbors may not know about this small sign of support, send them an email, a Facebook message, a tweet, or a phone call and ask them to go dark tonight.

There is growing support for the "lights out" idea across our area, including Assemblyman Rich Gordon who has endorsed the gesture.

Here are some Facebook and Twitter Postings about tonight's "light's out."

"There's not a parent in America today who doesn't feel as I do--overwhelmed by grief" Turn off the holiday lights. #CTshooting #brokenhearts

From Sharron on San Carlos Facebook page: "My cousin posted a very good suggestion. A nationwide blackout of all Christmas lights tonight to show sympathy for those in CT whose holidays & lives have been shattered. Would you be willing to post this idea? So many families in San Carlos have small children. I think a lot of people would be willing to do this. I thought it was a
lovely idea and the least we could do."

What do you think? Will you turn off your lights tonight? Tell us in the comment section below.

patricia December 15, 2012 at 07:10 PM
How about all lights on, lights out invites too much crime.
Anonymous December 16, 2012 at 05:17 AM
I think turning the lights out for one day is a wonderful act of compassion and solidarity.... to show support to the families, friends and everyone that has been touched by this horrific, sensless tragedy. I hope the lights are out for only one day...and that area residents keep their decorations up. We are still celebrating the birth of Christ...this is the happiest, most precious season of the year. Don't glorify Adam Lanzar's actions. Don't give a copy kat or another sick person the idea that they can out do this event and cause a worse scenerio for 5 minutes of fame. Give the children that survived a true Christmas.....don't take away more from them and their families...or the many other people that already share the pain of this nightmare. Don't glorify the actions of this shooter......he was obviously sick and could not control what he did. Let's remember the victims and their families and support and give them anything and all that they need during this very,very sad time. But don't take away Christmas....I don't think that will help them...no, they won't feel festive, of course,...but no lights or no decorations or losing the spirit of Christmas is not the answer.Tearing down the school...building a memorial...we can do that. Prayers are most important now....and continue this celebration of the birth of Christ...even in this time of darkness. DIANE


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