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Napans Debate "Lights Out" To Support Shooting Victims and Families

Some Napa residents say they'll join in "lights out" tonight to support the victims and families of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. But to others, darkening Christmas lights is letting children down. What will you do?

It started with a Patch reader's humble suggestion: turn out your Christmas lights tonight to mourn the loss of children and adults in today's tragic shooting in .

Wrote Sharron on the San Carlos Patch Facebook page:

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.

Now, in the face of shock and overwhelming grief, some Bay Area elected officials are echoing the call.

"I think it’s a very appropriate and honorable gesture during these very challenging times for the families at Sandy Hook Elementary School," said Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), noting that he has two young daughters. He will spend tonight "mourning the loss of our young children."

“The holidays are a time when we hold our families closest and it is impossible to understand the acts that have taken place today in Connecticut," said Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay). "My thoughts and compassion go out to the victims and their families, and I ask that we all take this time remember those who are important to us.” 

Assemblyman Rich Gordon (D-Menlo Park) and Belmont City Councilmember Coralin Feierbach have also endorsed the call to put out the lights tonight.

But Napa Valley Patch readers posting on Facebook are divided: Some say they'll turn their lights out and many are sharing the idea, while others have posted comments like Patrick Rooney's:

Christmas is mostly for children. Do we really need to remind them of this horrifying event by blacking out the lights? Please let children keep their innocence and joy during this season.

Will you put out your Christmas lights tonight? Tell us in the comments. To spread the word, share this story on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #lightsout.

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Belle (Orchid Lady) December 15, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Our lights will stay off for one night. I can't imagine the pain these families are going through, and if I had just had my child/children murdered right before Christmas,seeing Christmas lights on would only cut deeper. It's not business as usual, the killer isn't here to see if my lights are on or off. It makes me feel a little better to do it as a show of support and love.
Steve Sando December 15, 2012 at 02:15 AM
One feels so helpless! You want to DO something. I think lights out is a sweet gesture and I'm sure appreciated by a lot of people.
Wade December 15, 2012 at 03:41 AM
All christmas lights are off, but put a battery operated candle in the window as a symbolic gesture for the victims and their loved ones.
Dan Lyle December 15, 2012 at 09:08 PM
I believe we should be lighting more lights, those children would want to see light not darkness-this world needs more light not more darkness....
King Jarvis IV December 15, 2012 at 11:44 PM
In lieu of lights out, i will take that money, multiply it, and donate it to a New Town charity. HRM

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