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Yet another massacre: Prayers no longer enough

Twenty small children in Newtown should be more than just a number. A dozen people in Aurora should have been more than just a number. Six in Tucson should have been more than just a number. They should do more than just give us pause for a moment of silence. Silence is no longer enough. We must do something.... Read more»

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11 comments
Dec 15, 2012, 10:55 am
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After every mass shooting there is an outcry and much vocal grieving, soon followed by the argument between the pro and anti gun factions with mild wailing from the mental health advocates. Eventually it all goes away with no change whatsoever in the culture, policies or politics. Until the next massacre. Then it starts over again. I think there are far too many guns and dedicated gun owners to restrict guns; ain’t gonna happen fellow libs, so don’t waste your breath. I’m one of the mental health wailers, but the government seems disinclined to spend money on improving that and on developing some kind of mandatory reporting, by anyone who is aware that a person is making threats and/or has demonstrated dangerous/concerning behavior and a system to assess those people and prevent them from committing mayhem. Mental health services are not a cure all, but coupled with a mandatory reporting system it might actually reduce the incidence of violence. It might also help if we taught children the value of kindness and practiced it ourselves. Of course none of this is going to take place, so I’ll post this again after the next tragedy.

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88 comments
Dec 15, 2012, 11:36 am
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No, it isn’t going away.  It’s not just about guns, it’s about violence and our society’s passive acceptance of it.  This discussion needs to happen.  I don’t care if people call me a “gun hater” when I am not.  I don’t care if they call me “liberal” or other hate words.  I’m going to continue to bring this up.
It is time to speak truth to apathy, laziness, fear, and power.  The first words of our constitution clearly spell out the bottom line of our government’s purpose. 
“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, INSURE DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY, provide for the common defense, PROMOTE GENERAL WELFARE, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
The second amendment does not trump these responsibilities.  No reason exists why gun rights and the preamble cannot be honored…it’s time for us all to come to the table about this.  We ARE our government.  WE ARE THE PEOPLE.  Time to grow up and act like responsible citizens.

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88 comments
Dec 15, 2012, 11:41 am
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@greylady3

Greylady3 maybe we can start a meetup group in this area to talk about these things…come up with points to bring forward to our respective political representatives, local, state, and federal.

And I tried to thumb up your comment…and probably hit the wrong one.

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Dec 15, 2012, 4:14 pm
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Charlotte Bacon, 6
Daniel Barden, 7
Olivia Engel, 6
Josephine Gay, 7
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Dylan Hockley, 6
Madeleine F. Hsu, 6
Catherine V. Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
Jesse Lewis, 6
James Mattioli, 6
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Lauren Rousseau, 30
Mary Sherlach, 56
Victoria Soto, 27

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1768 comments
Dec 16, 2012, 12:37 am
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I first read this story a few minutes after it was posted. I didn’t comment on it at that time…I thought I would wait a while to see if what I thought would happen would happen. Well, it did.

Here, facebook, other areas of the internet, all the same thing…far too many people using a tragedy to further some sort of political agenda, and far too many people trying to place blame everywhere except where it belongs, which in this case is solely on the lowlife asshole loser who shot up the school.

I haven’t learned his name, nor have I seen his photo. I am deliberately avoiding both because said asshole most likely did what he did to be famous. If I don’t have a clue who he is, then I don’t give him what he wants.

Legal or not, if this asshole really wanted a gun he would have found a way to get one. And, if he really wanted help with a mental illness, he would have reached out for it. You can’t force help on anyone who doesn’t want it. You may not like the sound of that, but that’s not my rule…that’s life. Not liking it won’t change it.

What happened to those poor people is a tragedy, NOT an opportunity.

Thank you Dylan for publishing the list of the victims. The list is far too long, and those ages are far too low :(

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Dec 16, 2012, 11:51 am
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Since the school shooting on Friday, there has been a hotel shooting in Las Vegas, a hospital shooting in Alabama, a mall shooting in Newport Beach CA and an arrest in Indian of a guy who threatened a school in Indiana who was found with 47 guns.

None of this activity seems to sway the opinions of those that love their guns and they are in vicious attack mode against those who suggest they should give some thought to their first love…

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Dec 16, 2012, 8:51 pm
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^^^exactly what I was referencing in my post. Shameful.

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