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What to say, what to do in response to a massacre like the most recent one in Newtown, Connecticut? As a U.S. national (and Anglican priest) who moved to Japan just over a month ago, I have felt deep gratitude for the regards and concern that the people of this country have shown me since news of the Connecticut shootings came out. And I have felt anger. How could I not when schoolkids and the adults who care for them die like that?

If I am honest with myself, my anger also stems from fear — fear that such a thing could happen again, fear that we are actually powerless to keep it from happening again. From what I can tell, it looks like people in the United States feel many of the same things.

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