How Twitter Responded to the Newtown Massacre

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As the nation followed along on Twitter today, the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, initiated a chain of responses and emotions that has become predictable and, sadly, all-too familiar.

The initial reaction was sheer shock and horror:

Quickly, the calls for stronger gun control began...

...which were met by those who questioned whether it was appropriate to be "politicizing" the tragedy so soon after it happened.

As the debate raged, some people decided it might be better to step away from Twitter entirely:

One thing everyone could agree on: Go hug your kids.