One year since Sandy Hook: 'Evil did not win' (+ video)

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  • momriley Wilmington, MA
    Dec. 14, 2013 4:45 a.m.

    You are a true inspiration not to let evil win. I pray for your family today and everyday

  • kh5k Riverton, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 12:57 p.m.

    Tyler D you don't have to be an NRA folk to follow the trail of where Adam got the guns. His mom, who knew he was mentally ill, left them accessible to him. Nothing constitutional about it, she left guns AND ammo where he could gain access to them. He didn't legally walk into a sporting goods store and purchase them. No laws need to be changed, but rather people need to be held accountable for their actions. Adam was just the messenger, his mom was the enabler.

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 10, 2013 3:12 p.m.

    Even in Alaska, so many murdered children and adults is not perception. It is evil.

  • iron&clay RIVERTON, UT
    Dec. 9, 2013 5:07 p.m.

    Whenever a suspect is somehow convicted by main stream media posthumously then the evil has not in reality been identified.

    This 'lone shooter ' manipulation of the masses also happened in November 1963 and continues to this day.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    Dec. 9, 2013 3:01 p.m.


    But I fail to see the evil here, unless perhaps in the political arena. What I see is a mentally ill person in a system that allows him to acquire the means of carrying out his most deranged fantasies.

    Would any NRA folks like to weigh in on how, while respecting the constitutional rights of citizens, we can keep guns out of the hands of people like Adam Lanza?

    Or are tragedies like this simply the price we pay for a right that was established when citizen militias (and not standing armies as we have now) were thought to be the best defense against tyranny, and the most lethal weapon those citizens carried was a (at most 4 shots per minute) musket?

  • Downtime Saint George, UT
    Dec. 9, 2013 2:44 p.m.

    I still cannot even imagine the pain of this family. Every time I see a picture of that little girl, or any of those children, my heart aches. The pain suffered by these families will only be outweighed by the joy of the reunion after this realm of our eternal lives.

  • dotGone Puyallup, WA
    Dec. 9, 2013 1:42 p.m.

    Well said, Pioneer girl!

  • Moontan Roanoke, VA
    Dec. 9, 2013 1:31 p.m.

    If the video doesn't rip your heart out, you need to check your pulse. May God continue to watch over this family.

  • Yorkshire City, Ut
    Dec. 9, 2013 1:11 p.m.

    Dear Logan-Palmer AK.
    I totally agree with you--til we get to your last sentence.

    Evil is more than just an "emotional perception".
    If you have not had actual evil in your life, I rejoice for you.

    There IS real evil in this world--as well as those who are mentally ill (upon whom evil can sometimes have great influence.)

    I applaud the Parkers for trying to manage their grief and use their anguish to bring forth hope and good.

  • SammyB Provo, UT
    Dec. 9, 2013 12:04 p.m.

    Palmer, the mother wasn't saying Adam was evil, but the act of destruction that took those lives, regardless of the instigator, was evil. Darkness, not light, won that day. I too feel deeply for Adam. He was a victim too. The video was very positive and full of hope and forgiveness. I have lost a child so I know how hard it is to move from dark despair into the light. The Parker family has done this.

  • Pioneergirl Reno, NV
    Dec. 9, 2013 11:04 a.m.

    Thank you, Deseret News, for this article and truly beautiful video. I feel so inspired by the Parker family's strength while enduring the most excruciating of circumstances; my heart has been expanded by their Christ-like forgiveness and its power of healing that it brought them. God Bless your family, and all of the Sandyhook event victims' loved ones. I will pray for the same strength and peace to come to you.
    Parker, Ak: "evil" means something different to everyone. You consider it a manifestation of one's emotions, but for people of Christian faiths, it is something quite real, outside of oneself. From a religious perspective, it is a very real force in this world that can influence people to commit horrendous acts upon one another. To view the concept of evil from that perspective, then the extension of forgiveness toward the perpetrator of the evil ACT - because the person is not regarded as evil, only the deed - is truly a miraculous event, possible only through great spiritual growth. The Parkers have become a great example of this growth and how it has created within their family a greater purpose and meaning to life after Emilie.

  • Logan Palmer, AK
    Dec. 9, 2013 10:36 a.m.

    Adam Lanza wasn't evil, he was mentally ill. Why do we humans always seek to deflect from reality to our fears? It seems that those who scream the loudest have some agenda to push forward. Isn't dealing with the mental illness ultimately far less costly, both emotionally and financially, than dealing with the consequences of ignoring those who need the help. Evil is an emotional perception.