PEllen

Chicago, IL

#77499 Dec 20, 2012
Ferrerman wrote:
<quoted text>Here's something about that:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/...
It does seem to be a cultural thing. People from anywhere can snap in anger and do bad things but, having guns at the ready is definitely a game changer that is typically American.
So explain that guy in Norway which has a culture that seems loser in this respect to Switzerland than the US

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#77500 Dec 20, 2012
PEllen wrote:
<quoted text>
So explain that guy in Norway which has a culture that seems loser in this respect to Switzerland than the US
That was easy for you to say...

That guy was his own brand of wacko, I guess. Put a gun in the hands of any crazy/angry/alloftheabove persons and, it can get ugly. You know, shootings like that aren't common place in Norway. They've been happening quite a bit here though...

Of late, the right cites Australia's crackdown on guns after the '96 massacre in Port Arthur, Tasmania (35 dead, 21 wounded) claiming it resulted in "high crime". Not true, according to my Aussie friend. She does not live in fear of roving bands of armed criminals and her country hasn't had a mass slaying since.

“bELieve”

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#77501 Dec 20, 2012
Just saw this http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/12/20/boys-mak...

I think that part of what we should be doing as a society is teaching kids that guns are not toys. Most children who grow up being properly instructed on how to use and respect guns do not turn into gun-crazy hoarders or end up as mass murderers. Banning guns turns them into forbidden fruit.

Yesterday, two of the kids in Ry's class got into trouble because they were making guns out of their fingers and shooting each other and other kids.
They were both sent to the principal's office and had to talk to the counselor, but thankfully weren't suspended (as I'm sure they would have been in other districts). Kids imitate what they see on tv, in the movies and on their video games. How many of us grew up playing cops and robbers or cowboys and indians? Those games aren't so innocent anymore. We have to be the ones to actually raise our kids instead of letting electronics do the work for us. We can't keep them in bubbles or be naive about what they may face in the real world. That doesn't mean living in fear, but preparing our children to be responsible and enforcing the importance of making wise decisions.
dahgts

Chicago, IL

#77502 Dec 20, 2012
First of all, I’m for the assault weapons ban. Seems like the ladies here are the ones with common sense. No, that alone won’t solve the problem and there will still, unfortunately, be these awful incidents.

Lock down the schools…they have to pay security guards, which means some educational and arts programs are cut to pay for them.
Address the mental health issues…who pays for that?

You see all the Amby and others letters that address someone’s problem with a relative who is a bit “off”. There are always answers that say see a therapist. How many of those letter writers follow through with that advice. Fear, lack of money, denial all enter into not getting the troubled person some help. Not everybody has top of the line health insurance to pay for treatment. And if the troubled person is an adult they can’t be forced into treatment unless they really do something dangerous to themselves or others.

You guys who keep saying now that mental health issues should be looked at are the same ones who with the rest of your right wing buddies are on the side of the politicians who don’t seem to have a problem with funding for social services and schools cut. The right wants more money for military, has no problem with subsidizing the oil companies and giving huge tax breaks to corporations, and doesn’t understand why higher income people can’t pay a few more percentage points in income tax.

This seems to be the year of Republican politicians being stupid. The Texas guy, for instance, that the principal should have had an assault weapon in her office. Dumb…what good would that do if she was in the bathroom or in a classroom.

So put your money where your mouth is.

There is no one size fits all answer to this problem. These shootings are becoming an epidemic in this country. Just keep in your mind the picture of all those little ones.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#77503 Dec 20, 2012
Jess in NJ wrote:
Yesterday, two of the kids in Ry's class got into trouble because they were making guns out of their fingers and shooting each other and other kids.
Oh for Godssake, children can be suspended for that now?

Maybe the problem is allowing liberals to control our schools? And our country.

On the bright side, the world might not end tomorrow but at least Obama will make sure we go off the fiscal cliff and we can look forward to even higher unemployment and a more lackluster economy and trillions more in debt for the next four years! Which side of despair should we root for?

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#77504 Dec 20, 2012
dahgts wrote:
First of all, I’m for the assault weapons ban. Seems like the ladies here are the ones with common sense. No, that alone won’t solve the problem and there will still, unfortunately, be these awful incidents.
Lock down the schools…they have to pay security guards, which means some educational and arts programs are cut to pay for them.
Address the mental health issues…who pays for that?
You see all the Amby and others letters that address someone’s problem with a relative who is a bit “off”. There are always answers that say see a therapist. How many of those letter writers follow through with that advice. Fear, lack of money, denial all enter into not getting the troubled person some help. Not everybody has top of the line health insurance to pay for treatment. And if the troubled person is an adult they can’t be forced into treatment unless they really do something dangerous to themselves or others.
You guys who keep saying now that mental health issues should be looked at are the same ones who with the rest of your right wing buddies are on the side of the politicians who don’t seem to have a problem with funding for social services and schools cut. The right wants more money for military, has no problem with subsidizing the oil companies and giving huge tax breaks to corporations, and doesn’t understand why higher income people can’t pay a few more percentage points in income tax.
This seems to be the year of Republican politicians being stupid. The Texas guy, for instance, that the principal should have had an assault weapon in her office. Dumb…what good would that do if she was in the bathroom or in a classroom.
So put your money where your mouth is.
There is no one size fits all answer to this problem. These shootings are becoming an epidemic in this country. Just keep in your mind the picture of all those little ones.
You've indicated the problems with your solution in your solution.

People want cuts to the military then complain the military doesn't do enough for its veterans.

I believe the government should stop sending money to a lot of people, including our enemies.

Keep the gun under the "main" desk. That desk should never be unmanned. Any liquor store owner will tell you this.

Oh, and unless world peace has been declared and no one bothered to tell me, I don't think massive cuts to our military is a good idea.

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#77505 Dec 20, 2012
Toj wrote:
<quoted text>
No it's not. Safer is SAFETY MECHANISMS. Safer is TRAINING. Safer is limiting the number of mentally unbalanced people getting their hands on them or going without treatment to reduce the risk.
There's a long list of what you can do to be safer.
I still say that most of it comes down to having health care available for all. Mental and physical.
Healthy, happy people don't kill others.
All of those countries with high gun ownership and low murder rates? I'm pretty sure all of those mentioned so far have universal health care.

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#77506 Dec 20, 2012
edogxxx wrote:
<quoted text>
You've indicated the problems with your solution in your solution.
People want cuts to the military then complain the military doesn't do enough for its veterans.
I believe the government should stop sending money to a lot of people, including our enemies.
Keep the gun under the "main" desk. That desk should never be unmanned. Any liquor store owner will tell you this.
Oh, and unless world peace has been declared and no one bothered to tell me, I don't think massive cuts to our military is a good idea.
Military!? What part of "WELL REGULATED MILITIA" are you wiping your butt with? The founders were against standing armies. There's nothing you and the other Wolverines can't handle with your Bushmasters.

I'm not gonna say that you're stupid. I just believe you have bad luck at thinking.

“A Programmer is not in IT!”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me!

#77507 Dec 20, 2012
oh christ, you are all a bunch of idiots.
What the hell does being republican have to do with Connecticut?

Crazy people will do crazy things, and we just cant stop that unless we can man up and say "Yo peeps, this cat is crazy" and remove all venues for that person to go postal.4147
Dahgts

Chicago, IL

#77508 Dec 20, 2012
RACE wrote:
oh christ, you are all a bunch of idiots.
What the hell does being republican have to do with Connecticut?
Crazy people will do crazy things, and we just cant stop that unless we can man up and say "Yo peeps, this cat is crazy" and remove all venues for that person to go postal.4147
You sure know how to skirt the issue. Remove venues? What does that mean. How about specifics as to how everyone in the country can "man" up. So far I haven't read any man substantive ideas. Just 2nd amend.whining.

“What's it to ya?”

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#77509 Dec 20, 2012
Gun shit still?

::goes back into her cave::

Since: Mar 09

West Palm Beach, FL

#77510 Dec 20, 2012
Mimi Seattle wrote:
Gun shit still?

::goes back into her cave::
Word.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#77511 Dec 20, 2012
Ferrerman wrote:
I just believe you have bad luck at thinking.
And I just believe you have bad luck at life, relationships, jobs... Really sorry, man.

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#77512 Dec 20, 2012
edogxxx wrote:
<quoted text>
And I just believe you have bad luck at life, relationships, jobs... Really sorry, man.
Ouch. Meow.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#77513 Dec 20, 2012
Ferrerman wrote:
<quoted text>Ouch. Meow.
Meow. You're kind of sexy when you're sexy. Make me say ouch, daddy.

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#77514 Dec 20, 2012
Mimi Seattle wrote:
Gun shit still?

::goes back into her cave::
Right behind you.

“bELieve”

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#77515 Dec 21, 2012
Watching the news as they are talking about the weather in the Chicago area and how O'Hare is shit down right now. They said Twitter is the best way to communicate with the airlines.

Who here does not have a smartphone or tablet?

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#77516 Dec 21, 2012
Jess in NJ wrote:
Watching the news as they are talking about the weather in the Chicago area and how O'Hare is shit down right now. They said Twitter is the best way to communicate with the airlines.
Who here does not have a smartphone or tablet?
It's 630 am here. O'Hare isn't shut down according to the Tribune and CBS local websites. They cancel flights all teh time there but the airport is open. I have heard jets overhead.

(I got my smartphone in July, finally)

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#77517 Dec 21, 2012
Upstairs neighbor's college son came home drunk last night and STOMPED AROUND (walking heavier due to drunkeness IMO and also some stumbling/falling) for over three hours. Until 4;30 a.m.

Since: Mar 09

Miami, FL

#77518 Dec 21, 2012
Jess in NJ wrote:
They said Twitter is the best way to communicate with the airlines.
For some reason, I find this to be a depressing statement. I don't have a twitter account. I would hate to be in a situation where I felt compelled to create one to simply catch a flight.

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