by liberal japonicus
With this comment, the names of the 17 people killed by a legally purchased AR-15 have been posted in the comments. Unlike the Las Vegas shooting, all of the victims were living in the same area, so I used the local paper to provide the links, except for the first identified victim, Jamie Guttenberg. Most lists order them in terms of last name, I've listed with the youngest first. The list is below.
Some other thoughts/links.
To double check this, I googled for lists and saw that Good Housekeeping has published one. How's that for normalization?
Marty posted this WaPo link in the comments, with those details that stick in your mind. He pointed to this one.
It was a Sunday, but they weren’t going to school the next day, or any day for at least a week. Crime scene tape still clung to the palm trees outside Douglas, a public school that used to count 3,208 students. Now there are 3,194. The school’s fence was lined with 17 crosses built by a carpenter from Illinois who drove through a snowstorm to bring them here. In the past six months, he brought crosses to Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Tex. Before that, to Orlando, Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and Virginia Tech.
The NYT article has other painful details, such as this one
Mr. Beigel, one of three faculty members killed in the attack, had only worked for the school for a few months, but Denise Reed, an assistant principal, said she knew Mr. Beigel was a perfect match for the school “in definitely less than two or three minutes” after he began his interview for the job in the spring of 2017.
The obituaries that hit me the hardest are not the ones that give a list of accomplishments for the victim, but where they have some variation on the line (and you'll note it appears often) "S/he was a good kid", because it underlines the fact that they just didn't have the chance that should be granted to all children, the opportunity to grow up and become adults. I teach university students, 18, 19, 20 year olds and there are any number of them who haven't really found what they to do, what they are willing to chase after. A lot of the discussion focusses on the lost potential of the victims, but it is when you don't have a glittering list of accomplishments that you really see the snuffed out potential.
The other one that hits me is that of Peter Wang and this detail.
“We are still looking for Peter Wang a freshman at Stoneman Douglass High School. Peter’s parents speak Mandarin Chinese & very little English. If anyone has any information please let me know,” another Facebook user named Mark Moll posted around the same time.
As a Japanese-American, images like this one of an Army officer presenting a medal or award for valor for their son's sacrifice to first generation parents (who were legally forbidden from becoming American citizens), who often spoke little or no English, stand mutely by are often in my memory. Even more poignant are the images of parents and families who were still being kept in internment camps honoring a missing or fallen son. The slippage between the immigrant parents and the naturalized offspring is not simply generational. Our children are always going to go out into worlds that are not the same as the ones we explored, but to add the distances of language and culture into the mix as part of the difference makes that slippage into a yawning chasm.
If you missed it, this Atlantic article by the doctor who treated some of the victims and observed the damage from high velocity rounds is one you might want to read. I won't post the reams of articles about arming teachers, because the whole idea underlines Trump's idiot savant brilliance, the ability to seize on some point that makes everyone forget what is at stake.
A bit further afield, this article points out that 5 of the 17 victims were Jewish. Perhaps the shooter would have done this at any school, but it does give one pause when we see the Missouri GOP try to blame George Soros for Eric Greitens' problems.
Here's this list
Alyssa Alhadeff, 14
Jamie Guttenberg, 14
Gina Montalto, 14
Alaina Petty, 14
Alex Schachter, 14
Luke Hoyer, 15
Cara Loughran, 15
Peter Wang, 15
Nicholas Dworet, 17
Joaquin Oliver, 17
Helena Ramsay, 17
Meadow Pollack, 18
Scott Beigel, 35
Aaron Feis, 37
Chris Hixon, 49