The school shooting in Connecticut recently seems to be something a lot of people took personally. I am sad that terrible things happen in the world, but I am not, personally, crying over this one. There are plenty of terrible things in the world and I use up a lot of mental effort not imagining them happening to my children. There are horrible things happening in houses near your very own - I can practically guarantee many people are being raped, hurt, abused, and starved in your very own community.
In fact, this is pretty much how I feel about it, too:
And yes, I want you all to be upset and angry about the victims of Newtown. But I also want you to be upset and angry for daily victims of violence. Because it's happening. In the US. In your state. In your town. It's happening.I'm sorry that terrible things happen. We should work to prevent them. But just like 9/11, this event has only shattered the illusion of safety (and increased the scale- in the US, at least). The dangers were already there.