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Such horrible, horrible news.
31 U.S. school shootings since Columbine. School shootings in every other country in the world combined since then: 14.
Somewhere, this country took a step down the wrong path..
This post was edited by Shea Dixon 19 months ago
"I guess you've just gotta find something you love to do and then... do it for the rest of your life." - Max Fisher
God help us. Prayers said for all involved.
I don't even know what to think anymore. We have absolutely got to get some sh*t sorted out in our society. Freaking KIDS!
Definitely praying for all involved........
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Well said. It's days like these that remind me how silly sports are in the bigger picture.
The things that truly matter are those people all around us and the relationships that we have with those people.
I have dogged Brady Quinn before but, after he lost his teammate, he made one of the truest and most well-spoken statements I have ever heard. Here it is:
I think the same sentiment applies here perfectly.
Pray for these families and all those that were involved and affected. Keep the focus there.
Speechless. As an educator many times the only safe haven some kids see is their classroom. Now, thanks to some Coward's acts such as today's, there is no safe haven. Prayers and thoughts to the victims, their families and friends.
I live about 35 miles from Newtown. That's a quiet, suburban town, similar to mine, except its a little more rural. I can't imagine what the people in that town are thinking, much less the parents of the victims and the other school children.
I know this will become a political issue, and I've always been an avid gun rights proponent. This is just happening far too often now. I agree about the lack of spirituality in American life as part of the problem, but other countries are even more secular than us and don't have this problem.
As a society, we all need to have open minds to various alternatives to solve this issue. Has anyone ever done something like this that went through a concealed carry permitting process? Maybe that kind of process should be required for any kind of gun ownership. That may not be the answer, but I throw it out as a possibility. It at least forces someone to demonstrate some form of responsibility.
I have a lot to say on topic, but I will keep it short here because I am on my BlackBerry.
First, I am an avid sportsman and I have been so for more than 60 years. I have owned and used guns my whole life and I will fight to maintain my 2nd Amendment rights.
But you know what? From the time my dad first took me rabbit and squirrel hunting when I was 6 or 7, I learned to respect those animals we shot for food. I also learned that when I pulled that trigger an animal would die. When I handled those animals, when I skinned and cleaned them, I knew that they were put here for us to feed our families.
At that time our lives were entirely different, however. We went out to play every day after school every day, whether it was a neighborhood baseball game, building ramps and seeing if we could make a jump without breaking our bikes or ourselves, or just exploring the woods. During hunting season, beginning when I was 8, I went into the woods across across the street and hunted every afternoon. The only rule was to be home before dark.
And I didn't live somewhere out in the country, guys. I lived on Owen Street off Jefferson Highway in Baton Rouge next to what is now Jefferson Place.
Kids now are entirely different in most places. They don't go out and play; they have pre-arranged Play Dates. They no longer invite their friends to a birthday party at home in their backyards; their parents spend hundreds of $$$ to invite 50 or so of their 'very best' friends to a pizza joint.
And when these kids are at home, they don't go out and get some healthy exercize; they play video games. And a ton of those games are first person video shooting games with the sole goal ok getting the most badass weapons and killing as many people as possible!
They don't even really know what death is. They only know that the more people they kill the fastest the bigger weapons they can get to advance to a higher level.
I don't know how we can fix this because it would require hard work by parents who truly care, and those parents are becoming more and more scarce. It is simply easier to leave the kid alone in his room with his state of the art internet connection and the latest video gaming gear than to take an active part in his life in an attempt to mold him into a productive member of society!
Forgive the rant; I probably got a little carried away, but I am passionate about this subject.
And forgive any typos, as it is just too damned difficult to attempt to edit on this BlackBerry!
As always, JMHO.
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