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Subject: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 01:43 PM

Dear Mudcatters,

I am outraged and saddened at today's latest news about guns and children killing children in the USA. I just heard on National Public Radio that the gun in question (see story below) was brought for show and tell.

This just fills me with despair! What in the world are we, as a society, doing to stop this kind of outrage? My knee-jerk reaction is to make sure my grandsons never go to school, that they be homeschooled when they come of age. The more balanced response, for me, is to believe in their safety and that of whatever school they go to, but then I think, that is probably what the parents of this little girl did.

This has to stop! Thanks for listening, kat

MT. MORRIS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (Reuters) - A young girl was shot and killed by another student in front of her teacher and first grade class Tuesday, Michigan police said, in the latest in a series of shootings to hit American schools. A spokeswoman for Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Mich., confirmed the 6-year-old girl had died after conflicting reports from police, one of which said she was in critical condition. Further details about the victim, who died in the hospital at 10:29 a.m. EST , were not released.

The girl and the shooting suspect, a boy, were attending class at Buell Elementary School, north of Flint, when the boy pulled out a gun, police said. Police were continuing to investigate the shooting and did not provide further details about why the gun was fired.

The boy was taken into custody. No other injuries were reported.

About 22 students were in the classroom at the time of the shooting. Police evacuated the rest of the school, but kept the 22 inside the building for counseling and further questioning.

Anxious parents rushed to the school.

"I want to know how a 6-year-old boy got a gun and shot a 6-year-old girl," one tearful mother told WDIV-TV.

In April 1999, two Columbine High School students in Littleton, Colo., went on a shooting rampage, killing 12 other students and a teacher before committing suicide in the worst school shooting in U.S. history.

One month after that, a student opened fire at Heritage High School near Conyers, Ga., injuring six schoolmates before being taken into custody.

The shootings sparked a crackdown by police and school officials across the United States, who have reacted more severely to student threats.


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: catspaw49
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 01:49 PM

Geeziz......

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: Amos
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 01:53 PM

Oh, sweet mother of god...


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: GUEST,JTT
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 02:01 PM

Poor babies, both of them.

I remember meeting a black lad from Texas back in the late 1960s. When he was five he had been playing with his father's gun, pointing it out the window of a building in some Texan town. He pulled the trigger and shot a police officer dead. The family just gathered up all their children and ran, and he grew up in England. They knew that their son would have no chance of fair treatment, a black child who shot dead a white policeman.

What chance has this poor child now? I doubt he could have really known what he was doing. Poor babies. Poor parents.


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: Sorcha
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 02:16 PM

All gods have mercy on all of them..........As a cop's wife, I sure don't have any viable answers. Are we going to have to go to metal detectors, drug sniffing dogs and cops in all our schools? I think we have forced the schools to take over more and more of parental responsibilities, and then "we" whine when our kids don't get an education and the schools don't teach them what their parents should have. I am staying out of the Amadou thread because I wasn't there, did not have all the info so don't think I should make up an un-informed opinion, but I do agree that it seems like cops and teachers can't do anything right anymore.


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: Clinton Hammond2
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 02:18 PM

(rant on!) His poor parents my ass!!

Any parent that lets a 6 year old have access to a gun needs to be taken out and sterilised to remove that kind of stupidity from the gene pool!

Charleton Heston and the rest of the NRA be damned, guns are needed by 2 groups of people and no other... Police and Military.... and as fond as I am of wild meat, hunters could suck it up and learn to hunt with bows....

Guns don't kill people by themselves, but peope use guns to kill people...

(rant off)

Very sad... very sad indeed... A sad comment on western society...


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: Llanfair
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 02:26 PM

Can someone link to last year's thread about the American right to bear arms? Bron.


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: Amergin
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 02:39 PM

I'm sorry, but if you take the guns away from the people, who's going to protect us from the police and military? Ever since this beloved country of ours was founded (by rich white men), the poor people have been the victims of sanctioned violence by the rich man's goons. Look into the Civil Rights Movement, our violent labor history, our wars. But on the other hand, if your going to own a gun you had best be responsible enough to keep it away from small hands.


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: kendall
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 02:51 PM

A WELL REGULATED MILITIA etc. how does this part always get lost in the ranting of the gun nuts? Let's face it. Our right to keep and bear arms comes not from the constitution, but, from a gutless congress and a strong gun lobby. (from a retired federal officer who can read)


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: Metchosin
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 02:54 PM

Sorry but I find it hard to fathom a country in the western world that is so paranoid of its government and army that it will sacrifice its children for the right to bear arms. If they insist that their paranoia is founded, at least hold the individual responsible for where their gun ends up and the damage done.End of rant.

Oh Christ! what a tragedy. I'm so sorry.


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: Clinton Hammond2
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 02:57 PM

Americans.... *sigh*

the right to bear arms was talking about MUSKETTS!!!!

yer society, for many reasons, is gong the way of ancient Rome... and unless you're willing to make some drastic changes, nothing is gonna stop it!

But this thread isn't for Anti-American rants...

So I'm not gonna bother....

I just hope that the parents of the little boy mentioned above are held responsible...


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: Amos
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 03:02 PM

A six year old with a gun is not in any related to a militia. And the US army is not a militia, in my lexicon, either. So who kissed this boy, put a lunch in his hand, and sent him off to the bus without noticing an untimely bulge in his jacketpocket? Whose gun was it? How did it happen they had left it where a six year old --- sweet JESUS SUFFERING WEEPING BLOODY CHRIST!!! SIX!!! -- could lift it and slip it into his pocket...and, interestingly enough, from a place where it was kept LOADED!!!

This is not the nation sacrificing its children for a right of any kind. It is a foolish, ignorant, obscenely unalert individual or two, in this case...I cannot write...I thank the gods my child grew past six...


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 03:02 PM

Please folks, I didn't start this to get going on the gun debate. It was way too painful last year when that happened at the time of Columbine.

I realise there needs to be discussion about children and violence and I guess that has to involve guns, but let's try to keep it to specifics and not generalise about any one segment of the population. Somehow, we are all part of this and we have to find solutions together.

Here are links to last year's gun debates. Please, please do NOT refresh them. It will just reopen old wounds and sorrows.

guns, to my friends at Mudcat

guns again, hesitatingly

Thank you,

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 03:06 PM

Several of you had not posted as I was composing the above. I was NOT talking about any one post specifically, just general.

Thank you,

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: catspaw49
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 03:10 PM

Just had another case here a few months back that needs mentioned. Same kind of scenario....three little boys, all about 7. Child A is at Child B's house and they find a gun in the closet. They take it outside and in the process of showing it to Child C, Child A shoots Child C.

I mention this as a parent who realizes all too well the danger. We have no guns. But what happens when my son is somewhere else?

The temptation of a gun as a toy is very great........and all of this is very tragic for ALL involved.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: Clinton Hammond2
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 03:13 PM

Just to say this, I came back...

Re: Old wounds and sorrows....

If I may, life is pain.. or rather pain is a part of life...

But to quote an Endurance Racer friend of mine

Pain is Inevitable
Misery is optional

Just thought it'd make a good bumper sticker or something


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 03:17 PM

My children have been taught firearm safety. Neither of them has direct access to firearms. Both of them have been shooting since they were five...Neither of them have ever had a firearm in their possesion at any time without supervision. They did not play with toy guns, and are fully aware of what happens when you pull the trigger. How could anyone be so stupid as to let these children take loaded firearms into a school in the first place? Logic is just not present. Dont dump on the NRA they are helping educate children and support gun safety. Millions of responsible firearm owners are being shit upon by people who do not realize that the problem is not the gun. Guns can be made in the garage of any North American household with ease. Any attempt to control them will be frustrated.It is the will to use them so callously, and without fear of consequence. That my friends is the real root of the problem. A complete disregard for the sanctity of human life. Violence has become worshipped in society. Check out any hockey game. Wrestling, Boxing, TV and Movies.. When was the last time anyone praised lifesavers? All you get is war and gang related killings blasted at kids by the media, until it appears a normal event. Movies are filled with mindless violence. that is part of the problem. Yours,(saddened and outraged by the killings)Aye.Dave


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: AKS
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 03:18 PM

Sad, so sad ...

Last sunday night I set out to watch (on Finnish TV) a Swedish documentary about A. Kalashnikov, creator of the 'famous' AK-47, automatic military rifle. Among the interviewed was a US woman who'd survived one of the fairly recent shootings (more than 20 injured, several dead, I missed which one). She now travels around the US with a bulleted cartidge of AK-47 and speaks in favor of freely available automatic weapons because the 'incident' convinced her - and should convince the world, shethinks - that they are SAFER than 'normal' hunting rifles or shotguns!!!

AKS (who's wondering whether any weapon can be safe in any respect)


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: Amos
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 03:26 PM

Tell ye what isn't safe...being an idiot. Hell, even being in the same room with one!

Here's another question: the time between that gun coming out of Junior's pants and his firing it must have been a number of seconds... and the teacher was...where? Doing....what? I have to stop before I violate the bounds of courtesy...


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: GUEST,Rick Fielding, who thought he was a member.
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 04:23 PM

As long as folks continue to try and make ancient documents (constitution, bible etc.) relevant to todays society, the tiresome arguments about "rights to bear arms", will continue. At what point will "patriots" be so disgusted by murder that they will agree to "new documents"?

Even the "Canadian smugness" is now disappearing, as stories of potential high school massacres are starting to appear in the news. We're definitely catching up. Very sad.

Rick


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: JamesJim
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 04:58 PM

Of course, we all are shocked saddened. The first thing I thought of was my own life experience. I grew up in the cowboy era, where playing with toy guns was second nature. When I was old enough (at least I thought so), I talked my parents into buying me a B-B gun (Red Ryder variety). I was about 10. Later, at about age 13 or 14, I got my own 22 caliber rifle (still have it). I went into the armed services in the early 60s and of course, there I learned a lot about weapons and killing people.

When I was 5 or 6 years old, every young boy (and many young girls) in my school idolized cowboy heros such as, Roy Rogers (Dale Evans for the girls) & Gene Autry. I dare say that our friends around the world grew up watching western movies themselves and perhaps dreaming of the "old west."

There were a lot of guns, bullets and smoke in those old movies, yet none of us even thought about taking a real gun to school, much less actually killing someone. What has changed? I know we must be careful of nostalgia. It can cause us to view the world with a jaundiced eye. But, our cowboy heros rarely killed anyone. They mostly chased bad guys and locked them up. And, we watched them at the movies, not on television. Now, our children idolize the tough guy who frequently ends up blowing everyone away....and sadly, they watch much of it on television. Of course, they could just watch the news on any of the cable or network channels (at any time of day) and they'll see all the things we never even thought of when we were kids. How can a young mind handle all of life's garbage?

It's not the guns friends. Allowing a six year old to have access to a handgun is tantamount to putting an alcoholic behind the wheel of an automobile. Allowing our children to watch (and learn from) many of the movies on TV, is like giving that alcoholic driving lessons. I don't know the answer. I suppose we could take all of the guns away from every citizen and that would solve the problem. Yes, that's it. Maybe we could censor all movies and not allow the gory ones to be shown. Or, maybe we could just take away all televisions and computers (no access to the Internet and all of it's destructive forces). Yes, the answer is to eliminate all of those evil forces in life. And, of course, we can identify every one - SO, LET'S GET AT IT (he says, tongue in cheek).

I lost a seven year old grandson in a horrible automobile accident in 1991. It was years before I could even drive past that location. I hurt every time I see or hear of a young person losing their life in a completely senseless way. Human error caused the senseless accident that took my grandson's life. A horrible act of humanity. The gun issue is always in the political forefront in the U.S. However, I doubt that any law, or for that matter, any politician, can solve this terrible problem. There's no simple answer, folks.

Sorrowfully yours, Jim


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: Amergin
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 04:59 PM

Why shouldn't we be paranoid of our own government? When hasn't it imposed it's deadly will on the people? Take the DEA for instance, they can bust into your home, scare the shit out you nad your family, take everything you have ever busted your back and bled for, and the bastards don't even have to charge you. If Big Brother takes away one right of the people, where will it end? Will end with just that deletion? how about freedom of religion? The so-called Moral Majority is constantly harrassing those of us who are sane. Freedom of Speech? Parties at address 451 happen on a regular basis across the country, sometimes even sanctioned by the state. The list goes on. Contrary to the belief of some of you folks, I am not part of any militia, nor do I sanction murder in any way shape or form. Well, have a nice day everyone.


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 05:02 PM

DaveTAM, it might interest you to go read some of the postings in the previous threads I linked in here. I was raised target practising since about 5 years old and taught respect for the killing power of a gun, etc. The problem is, as you point out, many, many people aren't raising their children that way and the many, many people are not restricting the kind of rot their children can see on tv, etc.

But, here, at least, the NRA has gone so far to the right, they are no longer seen as a valid organisation by those of us who want to see an end to the kind of fucking insanity of incidents like today and the previous school killings. Wyoming is extremely conservative and filled with NRA members. They voted to lower the hunting age from 15 to 12, yet they do nothing to make sure a child doesn't have access to a loaded gun. Recently a 12 year old whose father was hard on him about his grades, went home and got out his parent's hunting rifle and blew his brains out.

Rick is right. The NRA et al cannot continue down the rigid path of ownership at all costs....the cost of any child's life is too high!

Respectfully disagreeing,

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 05:02 PM

we learnt our lesson at dunblane -16 wee small things sacrificed. Hand guns are now banned in the UK and we probably have some of the tightest gun control laws in the western world. Our policemen other than specialised units do not bear arms. It is not a perfect society and we have mindless violence galore and a lot of illegal weaponry - but we also have one of the lowest murder rates in the world.


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: Chet W.
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 05:18 PM

Nothing could be as important here as mourning this child. I'll talk about guns some other time, but keep this rage for that time. As far as the schools, if at all possible, find another place for your child. The situation is not going to improve in the forseeable future.

Saddened every time, Chet


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: folk1234
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 05:39 PM

This issue is one of personal responsibility. It has nearly vanished in our litigious society. Guns are lethal weapons, but so too are cars, hammers, axes, and baseball bats.
The rebellion we must prepare for is not a foolhardy armed one against the US military and Govt agencies, but rather a rational and literate one against the 'excuse makers' and our ultra-liberal legislative and judicial systems. Laws are made for the public good. No public good is accrued when individuals are held unaccountable for the outcome of their actions.

In the case Kat has brought forth, the parents/guardians of the young boy should be prosecuted for reckless endangerment.


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 05:50 PM

folk1234, with all due respect, I hardly think of our national Republican majority Congress as ultra-liberal nor the judicial system which has steadily been growing more conservative since Reagan's appointment's.

But, I do agree on personal responsibility and the parent's being held accountable.

I also would like to thank Chet for focussing on the real issue of my original posting. I've gone off of my original intent, too, and I am glad of the reminder that this IS about a child's lost life!

Thank you,

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: catspaw49
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 06:07 PM

As I said above....Yes, I believe in the responsibility of parents, but if you read my previous post, in this case too, I'd like to know more details first. Anyone who doesn't think it possible for a child to take something to school without the parents knowledge.......

Yeah...Parents are responsible for the actions of their children. But I wonder......Is there a strong and influential ball bat lobby? Why not prosecute Congress, etc. for a general lack of balls in not doing away with a "Right" which makes no sense in today's world?

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 06:36 PM

Good point, Spaw.

Now we have a name, Kayla. Below is the latest. The 6 or 7yr old who shot her, meant to. He learned somewhere that a gun was how to resolve conflict, hmm....could it be all of the wars of the world, etc. Could it be his parents didn't get involved in what he was taking in via media, etc. Could it be he learned it from his parents?

Einstein said something to the effect of you cannot simultaneously prepare for war and expect peace. We have so many people these days who feel threatened, for whatever reason. Is violence the way to meet that perceived threat? How are children to learn that violence is not conflict resolution, when that is the model they are presented with throughout the world?

FLINT, Mich., Feb.29 (UPI) - Investigators say Tuesday's fatal shooting of a 6-year-old girl at a suburban Flint elementary school was intentional. Police said a 6- or 7-year-old boy shot his classmate at the Theo J. Buell Elementary School following a playground dispute Monday. "It appears the little boy and little girl had a playground quarrel of some sort," Prosecutor Arthur Busch told a news conference. He said there apparently had been some pushing and shoving. "He pointed it (the gun) at another little boy and then pointed it at the little girl, discharging the weapon, hitting her," Busch said. Busch said investigators were trying to determine how the child got the weapon, which had been reported stolen last year. The boy is in custody. Because of his age it is unlikely criminal charges will be filed. "We're looking at how he got the gun and how he got it into the building," Busch said. WNEM-TV identified the victim as Kayla Rolland. The boy reportedly opened fire inside their first grade classroom where 22 children and a teacher were present. Police said one shot was fired. There was no panic. Kayla was shot in the neck about 10 a.m. EST at the Mount Morris Township school and was pronounced dead less than a half hour later in the trauma unit at Hurley Medical Center in Flint. Police closed off nearby streets and sent anxious parents to a church parking lot across the street to wait for their children, who were bused there class by class. Classes were canceled for the day.


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 07:54 PM

Our church lost a sweet young lady recently and her parents were a lesson to us all. They didn't say much. They just hung onto each other and her sisters. They cried for days, and I mean hysterically. Then they came smiling and ready to go on, to her funeral, and in complete celebration of her life they welcomed us, held us, had the funeral director play "Spirit in the Sky" at top volune before the service, and kept everyone's attention on how really marvelous she had been so we could all cry with great big smiles on our faces. They reminded us to hold our dear ones close and love 'em while they're lent to us.

I have been looking at your postings about this terrible thing today, and praying for you all and for the people involved in this situation, and I have been thinking what to say about it. I know that there are probably Red Cross people on hand to help the people who have had this happen in their community. We need them here! I don't think, even though I am Red Cross myself, that what I will say will help much, but this is what I have been holding in my heart for you today, so...

There is never enough to say about a situation like this and I think you should not expect each other to make sense tryoing to talk about it. There are not words that can be wrapped around such insanity! I don't think even a melody from our best songsters can really capture this all. But I do think song is a more accurate way to address this pain than words we would say or write.

Try as we will, there is not enough reason in us to make sense of something like this. But we fragile, flawed humans do have something else very precious, something that we must call upon to encompass these very deep hurts. One source for it is the warm and very real presence of those you have with you in your lives, to love and be loved by. This tragedy calls for each of us to find someone we love, and someone who we know needs our love, and hold them very, very close, and let the hurt place inside you cry and rage and not be alone.

You cannot make this feel any better by giving and taking more hurt here between yourselves. It will not make anything better. It is enough to mark and dignify the passing of this child's irreplaceable life-- to reach out to one another from the sense that we all know this was a terribly wrong thing that was done-- and hold fast to your joy in one another.

There are people all around each of us who are like this little boy and his parents. Your most powerful influence in the world is your ability to love.


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: Troll
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 08:24 PM

The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are not flawed, society is. Until people will A) start accepting responsibility for their actions instead of finding excuses for them and, B) stop glorifying violence in all its many popular forms, the deaths will continue.Ban guns and the weapons will simply change. The deaths will go on until these fundamental changes are made.

troll


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: Cara
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 09:18 PM

I expressed my views amply in the last round of "guns" threads, so I won't get into them again here. I have been just heartsick since I read the initial post on this thread. All of those affected by this event will be forever changed for the worse, and there are no words I can find to express my sorrow for the family of that little girl.

A cousin of mine recently lost his life because he was drunk and playing with a gun and it went off. How stupid is that? Yet some statistics indicate that more handgun deaths are attributable to accident than to malicious intent. If he had been drunk and playing with a baseball bat, he'd just be a stupid kid with a bruise on his head.

I grew up in Ohio, where lots of people hunt and deer season is a holiday in its own right. I never did hunt myself, but my male relatives and friends did. My grandfather kept his guns locked in a glass-front cabinet in the den. To the best of my knowledge, none of us ever tried to get in there, and I've no idea where the bullets were kept. I never thought about guns one way or the other really.

When I was 16, I went out to a hunting cabin owned by my boyriend's step-father. The three friends I was with all brought guns, a couple of handguns and a rifle of some sort. They were the first I'd ever seen that weren't behind glass. I don't know where they came from exactly; the rifle was somebody's hunting equipment and the handguns belonged to someone's father or uncle or something. The boys set up targets and shot a few rounds and then ran around in the woods shooting randomly up at the trees. I stayed up near the cabin. With us was my boyfriend's bratty six year old brother, Thomas. He was all over the place, so hyped up at being out in the woods with the big boys. They even let him try to shoot. Several times, someone had to pull him back as he tried to run out into the range of the bullets.

And nothing happened. I was uncomfortable being out there where we weren't supposed to be, so I decided we were going home and since it was my car we did. I didn't like the guns, but I didn't think that much of it. I was a smart girl in most respects but apparently very stupid as well. We weren't even supposed to be out there, especially with guns and let alone with guns and Thomas. I don't even know what I was thinking then, but now I think that we are lucky that nothing terrible happened. You'd never find me in that situation in a million years now. I haven't thought of it in years before today.

I think that's how so many of these things happen; stupid people take stupid chances and they are not all as lucky as we were. Those boys were always in trouble, but what was I doing there? And why was Thomas there? His brother could barely take care of himself; I can't even think what might have happened if I hadn't been there to take Thomas back up to the cabin when I saw what was happeining.

It was harder to get beer than it was to get those guns. It shouldn't be that way. I worked in public schools for a while, and I believe in them very strongly. But I don't know where my future children will be attending kindergarten; if it's not at my kitchen table, it may well be Canada or some other, saner country.

Thanks for listening (if you got this far!)

Peace and love.

Cara


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 09:26 PM

Cara, thank you very much for sharing that with us. And, Praise, words of great wisdom. So glad you posted. There were songs that came out of the last go round. In the end it seems we, in this community, do turn to the music for strength and healing. There just is no understanding something so unfathomable as this tragedy.


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From: GUEST,_gargoyle
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 09:54 PM

If it wasn't with a gun....
................................It would have been with a stone.....or a garrot (ie your "neighbor" ms. ramsey)

Somehow, I can't believe that the populace of the wild, wooly state of Wyoming, know that you claim "kin-ship" to them!!!! As a whole, they are a Christian gun tottin people

Go to Great Britan....Russia.....Bosnia.....China.....I am sure their "gun-regulation-system" would be most to your liking.


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From: Bob Bolton
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 10:52 PM

G'day kat/laughing,

This tragically raises all the questions that focus around guns because of their clear and seductive power. It conceals the less visible seduction of all power. Here in Australia, as a result of the Port Arthur Shootings (mentioned in a recent thread on Van Diemans Land) all states have (with varying degrees of reluctance) banned all civilian possession of automatic or semi-automatic firearms.

Our handguns laws are, as they were, the strictest in any Western democracy. Private ownership of all other firearms is allowable only under supervision - af a gun club at the very least ... except for farmers and country property owners. The Police remain fully armed. The Army, who trained the Indonesian Military that slaughtered so many in East Timor, even more so.

Yet firearms constantly kill - particularly young boys and men in the depressed countryside - but the Government is courting country votes and dare not come down of percieved freedoms and rights. On the other hand, we have laws in the city that mean that the young son of friends was gaoled overnight and fined $500 when a policeman stopped him on the street and found that he had a cheap Chines pair of folding scissors (1" blade) in his bag. The law says anything the policeman says is a weapon - is.

I can't carry the Leatherman Tool that saw a dozen jobs daily (picking out staples, adjusting fiddly knobs, pulling the back off a computer &c) because it contains a knife blade unquestionably a weapon the the police - while they can collect a fine.

This horror weapon fever (with no regard for what does really kill our young people) is part of a long line of English obsessions and is lusted after by our current Police Commissioner ever since his London opposite number brought in a ruling that "If there is a suspicion that a knife is being carried in a district, the police can cordon off the whole district and conduct searches without warrant. This has much more to do with Police desire to circumvent civil rights than desire to protect us.

How does it go? ... Quid custodiet ipso custodies?

Regards, (and only hoping that one more extreme sorrow is not used as a lever for useless (albeit lucrative) oppression.)

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: Sorcha
Date: 29 Feb 00 - 10:59 PM

There are so many things I want to say on this subject, I am not sure where to start. I began shooting at about age 6, began killing animals about age 12. I grew up in this "tradition"......and I married into it.I even taught Hunter Saftey for several years. After about 20 years of marrige, I decided I did not like killing things and would not do it. I still catch crap from a lot of my family because of my decision. (I do kill house flies and mosquitos, but not spiders). The rest of my family still does hunt, but I cannot even help butcher and wrap in spite of the fact that I do eat meat, and have been on a kill floor.
I do not want to see all guns taken away from all Americans; I do not want to see our Constitution amended, but neither can I condone babies killing babies. I really think that this happens out of both ignorance and stupidity, which are not the same thing.

There have always been guns in my house, whether it was my parents house or mine and my husbands'. We have tried to educate our children about guns,and DEATH, but I am not sure we have made much headway against popular culture.
Our son (the son of a cop) is now a convicted felon.His father collaborated to buy him a handgun, Glock .40 ca., that I knew nothing about. He carried it in his car, un-be-knost to either of us. One night about a year ago, someone threw something at his car, and he stopped and said "What the Fock was that?" He was told "None of your ******* business, get out of here" . The speaker, along with 5 of his friends, then took off their coats, and started for the car. Our son pulled out the gun we did not know he had in his car, and threatened them with it. One of the boys tried to grab the gun and turn it back, with the result being that the gun went off. NO ONE was hurt, except the car, but our son was charged with 1) Reckless endagerment,(High Misdemeanor); sentence, 12 mos in jail, he served 8 mos, and 2) Possesion of a firearm to commit a crime, a felony; punishment--5 years of Supervised Probation.Also, a $1,000 fine. Probation only because he had served 8 mos in jail for the High Misdemeanor. Yes, he was in the wrong, he should have driven away, but still he was only trying to protect his own property. The whole county thinks he was over punished, but what if someone had died?
He was released from jail last Thanksgiving, and the time he served helped him to realize that what he did was very wrong, and he cannot make it right; but also helped him realize that apparently one is not allowed to protect ones-self. He is extremely bitter about the whole system now. This is a Cop's kid, so don't try to tell me that those on the "Inside" get a better deal.
I guess the upshot of all this is that I just cannot decide about guns. (Off my rant now)


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Mar 00 - 01:50 AM

Sorcha,

I just love to see you think and feel your way through things. Often it is to think and feel and laugh through things that are very funny. And then there was tonight's posting on this sad thing.

I can't say how it stuck others, but what you wrote above did not come off to me at all as a rant, but rather as a glimpse of what we have to go through to really see things sometimes. Thank you for sharing what you did. Our "preachers' kids" have had some things to learn from too. I think all of our culture is running at a speed faster than our rational brains can actually moderate. For example, I'm up now because I posted something earlier that I wish I could take back now. It will get a few laughs but I think actually I wasn't thinking, and I've "loosed" it now... We have all done things that seemed so very OK in the moment and then later we think, "What was I thinking?"

Thank you for taking the long way to think through what you posted.


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From: canoer
Date: 01 Mar 00 - 02:52 AM

I would like to emphasize one of katlaughing's remarks: "so many people feel threatened." There are very few blocks in my city that might allow one to feel safe. On top of that is isolation. No one will help you, no one will be there to help you, if the threat materializes. It is very difficult to avoid the conclusion that one needs a very potent weapon around. And, with so many threatened people feeling the need to have weapons ready and near at hand, it is almost inevitable that gross negligences will occur – and awful tragedies ensue.

Can this society be made safe enough, that people can be ready to lock away or throw away their guns?

-- Larry C.


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: Amergin
Date: 01 Mar 00 - 04:01 AM

Personally, I am ashamed at myself for the rantings I have placed on a thread for which there is no room for political views of any kind. You all should be ashamed for yourselves, too. This is a thread about a baby girl who lost her life. I hereby call a moment of prayer to bless the ground her spirit now treads, to safely bring her into the next life. Blessed be.


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Mar 00 - 04:08 AM

No shame in being human. Every time you fall, you're better for the getting up. It's where you end up that matters, not the sh*t you step in getting there.

It also isn't anyone's fault that feelings other than grief come up in these things. If it were easy to think well about, we would have solved it already. It's a hard thing, allowiong yourself to hurt where this hurts. Look at what I posted earlier, but did I go to bed holding my own dear one? No. I got up to write.

Let's all give each other a break, since we are unlikely to give one to ourselves.

Bless you all.


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: Hyperabid
Date: 01 Mar 00 - 05:34 AM

I hardly dare enter this debate as it seems a tad hot and tootin.

I'm from the UK - my brother is a Detective Inspector on the serious crime squad. He does not carry a gun. His team get out guns when they need to deal with armed robbers etc. Otherwise they police our streets without them.

Our society fundtions. Our people remain secure and free. Our government has survived without a consitution for hundreds of years.

Hyp.


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From: GUEST,_gargolye
Date: 01 Mar 00 - 05:37 AM

You would rather//////////??????

COPS SON DEAD

brutal murder by unknown assailants

It is doubtful that even a Laugh Cat can raise the dead.


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From: GUEST,_
Date: 01 Mar 00 - 05:38 AM


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From: GUEST
Date: 01 Mar 00 - 05:47 AM

I, for one, do not consider the UK to be a land of the free, and certainly not a model to be followed.


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From: Hyperabid
Date: 01 Mar 00 - 05:53 AM

I would certainly not suggest changing any constitutional models to match ours which is after all the equivalent of buiding a car from scrap you pick up on your journey home.

My point was merely that it is perfectly possible for a society to function without guns in the hands of the general population.

And purely personally, I think it is preferable.

Hyp


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: Lady McMoo
Date: 01 Mar 00 - 07:25 AM

Neither is the USA the ideal model as recent tragic events have shown.

mcmoo


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: Peg
Date: 01 Mar 00 - 10:38 AM

Thank you Amergin. I second that...

bumpersticker that needs to be made: GUNS DON'T KILL PEOPLE; SCHOOLCHILDREN WITH GUNS KILL PEOPLE.

Peg

(who grew up in an avid sportsmanlike environment with many guns around and she learned to shoot 'em too and many a family dinner was a creature hunted in the forest and she prefers that to eating meat and not taking responsibility for an animal's sacrifice in, say, an agribusiness slaughtering pen after a cruel, filthy, drug-addled existence existence, and she respects gun owners like her dad who are mercenary about safety and who would punish his children if they ever even pointed a toy gun at anyone and who made it clear to all of her siblings that ammo and guns should not even be in the same room together in the house, and whose dad has told many a sad tale of hunting accidents where soemone ended up dead, but hey it comes with the territory, but she does NOT believe the risk of death by shooting comes with the territory of going to grammer school, and she agrees that hiding behind the arcane wording of the constitution in an age of semi-automatic weaponry is just plain stupid and sadistic and she wishes responsible gun owners could be spared a total crackdown on weapons but she thinks the only answer is much tighter controls on guns and surely responsible gun owners would be willing to undergo stricter background checks and licensing standards and controls in order to prevent any further senseless deaths in classrooms and living rooms and cafeterias and libraries and under the jungle gym on the playground...)


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 01 Mar 00 - 10:59 AM

It hardly seems to matter does it. I'm as totally disgusted with the liberal point of of view as I am with the conservative one. Perhaps too much watching late night American political discussion shows has contributed to my nihilistic point of view. Democrats arguing passionately for gun control, while avoiding at all cost offending the music and movie industry...and republicans talking "constitutional rights" while refusing to nail the far right. All because of votes.

The one thing I'm certain of is that the funereal of the little girl will be televised, and that fucking "Amazing Grace" will once again be played while prechers drone on about "her being in a better place".

Yeah, I'm mad. I'm sorry. Sometimes hypocracy gets to me in a big way. Watching McCain, Bush, Gore, and Bradley skirt issues and lie everytime they open their mouths, can just get too much at times.

I've been on Mudcat for a year and a half now, and I hope my friends here know that I usually try to put some humour in my posts...but I feel quite overwhelmed by this.

Rick


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From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Mar 00 - 11:11 AM

This news of yesterday still hurts like a sonofabitch, and we don't even know these people. No one here is desensitized to violence, at least yet, eh?

Since I profess Christ, people are always asking me why God allows these things to happen. Best answer I ever heard was, Since when is God responsible to us for the choices we make with the free will we were given? (Dunno about you, but when I think about that, right away I see what MY bad acts are.)

And I don't know how this fits, but unfortunately guns are just the current form of child annihilation. With all the real issues explored effectively here about gun control, it still doesn't solve how come humans are such incredible beasts to each other. A gun, a racist taunt, a little ethnic slam, a little off base humor... the things we do are just amazingly awful sometimes. Whenever we think we're right, we're pretty scary critters.

In many societies, kids are even more expendable than here. How can we look at that if we can't look at this without boiling over?

Anyone want to address, "What keeps YOU going?"?


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Subject: RE: BS: In today's news - rant - how many more?
From: Midchuck
Date: 01 Mar 00 - 11:21 AM

How come:

1) ...there's a whole bunch of anti-gun posts on this thread, then someone who likes guns - or considers them a necessary evil for responsible citizens as long as the criminals and the government have them - speaks up, and there's a yell of "no more talk about guns, we've done that to death already?" One would almost think it's only right to talk about guns in Mudcat if you have the "right" (well, left, actually) opinion.

2) ...the First Amendment is sacred, absolute, and inviolable but the Second isn't? Who chooses? I blame TV's promotion of violence as normal and customary behavior as much as, or more than, I blame the weapon. (Note: it's been pointed out, perfectly correctly, that when the Bill of Rights was enacted, "arms" meant flintlock muskets and muzzle-loading brass cannon; and argued that those are the only arms that are protected. Okay, at that time "speech" meant face-to-face speech, and "the press" meant paper and ink. No electronic media. So should the government be free to restrict telephone or internet conversations as it wishes?)

Peter (who is rather fond of guns, but is terrified of guns in the hands of criminals, fools, untrained and unsupervised children....and of some police officers who are all three.)


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