Mothers: Soldier memorial glorifies violence

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A parents' group says a soldier memorial located near three schools and two playgrounds should be relocated because the design showing a Navy SEAL clutching an automatic rifle glorifies violence. Full Story
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wwmx5007

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#1 Apr 6, 2007
The Mother's of Littleton should be PROUD and should teach there kids that Danny (DJ) Dietz a American HERO who gave his LIFE for his Country and the kids and familys of Littleton so they can go to parks and play , go to school and learn, and to put a face and name together, For DJ should NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, THANK YOU DJ.
MATT'S DAD
Terry Hancock

Denver, CO

#2 Apr 6, 2007
Honoring a soldier who died in the service of his country does not glorify violence; it does, however, recognize that there are those among us who must be prepared to face violence every day, be they military or police. I ask that you remember that, and them, and explain this to your children.
abc

Erie, CO

#3 Apr 6, 2007
Exactly Terry, explain why (unfortunately) some must carry and use weapons. I wonder what other topics these parents burry their heads in the sand on and don't use as a learning opportunity for their children. Weak sauce folks. Thank you's probably don't help much but THANK YOU Danny!
HonHaw

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#4 Apr 6, 2007
I guess some people don't want to face reality. When you go to war, you weapons, not thumb wrestling. Weapons have been used from the very beginning of life to protect our country, whether it be a stone or a gun. Anyone who defies this statue should move to a county where guns are outlawed.
Dawn

Milliken, CO

#5 Apr 6, 2007
I think it is so heartless of a Mother to ask another Mother to hide a Memorial of her son who is a HERO to us all. He paid the ultimate price for all of us. There is no way that statue could glorify violence. He was not carrying flowers when he died for us. I hope each of us take a moment to Thank this family for their sacrifice, and all those who has lost a loved one in the line of duty.
Gary S

Englewood, CO

#6 Apr 6, 2007
What a bunch of sissy nancy's these lefties are trying to turn us into. Go home and watch The View and shut up.
Iggy

Fort Lupton, CO

#7 Apr 6, 2007
I think the parents opposed to the statue should have attended City Council meetings requesting a better location or voiced their opinions at the proper time in the proper forum. Also I agree it should be used for a teaching experience.
Alex

Bronx, NY

#8 Apr 6, 2007
I think people need to stop over-thinking everything. By saying this will "promote violence" in children, then children who hear this will NOW associate this with violence. I've got a secret: WAR IS VIOLENT! What more do you want? The pictures on television show soldiers carrying weapons. The pictures in newspapers, magazines, on the Internet all show people with guns, not only soldiers.

This society we live in needs to stop feeling as though we're entitled to something. You ARE entitled to your opinion, however, not everyone in the world is wanting to listen to it.

FYI, Your child when he or she is in middle school will probably take the often cliche trip to our nation's capital. There they will see the Vietnam Memorial, and many other "violent" reminders.

Get off your high-horse and let it be. This soldier has died for this country. This memorial, is to remind those who see it, of the honor and the cherished memories of this young man. If you have a problem with that please, by all means, leave. No one is making you stay.
cjb

Denver, CO

#9 Apr 6, 2007
We live in a country that excels in violence, might as well glorify it. We should teach kids how to use guns at the earliest age possible.
The world will be such a safer place.
KPD

Denver, CO

#10 Apr 6, 2007
I have a better idea. Instead of moving the memorial to a fallen HERO, move these mothers to someplace called "Candyland" where it is all just happiness and love and gooey sweet stuff. Nobody gets offended, there is nothing but peace and love and barney music.

Hey moms--do something worthwhile with your time. Like raise your kids to think of EVERYONE, and not just themselves. Teach them that this is not always a nice world, and that they should strive to give half of what this soldier did to their community.
Susan Sheehan

United States

#11 Apr 6, 2007
I cannot believe you are putting this on your site as a 'news' story. It belongs on an editorial page.
Ed Erfurth

Waltham, MA

#12 Apr 6, 2007
It's time people quit hiding the reality that good people may have to fight bad people. The statue of Danny Deitz is an example of a Navy SEAL and good man who died defending America, and what we believe in. If parents can't understand the difference between a Navy SEAL and the enemies who killed him, they shouldn't be parents.
Nancy

Littleton, CO

#13 Apr 6, 2007
I want to add my support to the Dietz family and their desire to honor Danny's sacrifice for my family and my country. I will take my 3 young grandsons to see the Memorial and tell them about Danny and all the brave men and women who serve our country. Danny's life did not glorify violence - he was a brave young man who paid the ultimate price for us all.
A Hero

Denver, CO

#14 Apr 6, 2007
This memorial is to celebrate a Hero, a man that gave his life for his country, for our freedoms. Freedom isn't free and we don't get our freedom from pasivity and non-violence. If we didn't have our Navy Seals, Marines, Soldiers, etc, fighting for us, using thier weapons against our enemies, then we wouldn't be enjoying the liberties we have today. It matters to me, our Sovereignty. There is only one way to deal with threats from an obvious enemy, and that takes courgage, might and force. I think some folks, especially the nonviolent types, forget why we have a military. This statue has every right to be where it is and to send the messgae it sends to all freedom loving Americans.

Edythe
cjb

Denver, CO

#15 Apr 6, 2007
It's not about good and bad people its about
GUNS! This is America. We all need guns, the
more guns = a better America. They should be
sold beside milk, ammmo next to gum at
at checkout, sure beats ready People Magazine.
mws

Denver, CO

#16 Apr 6, 2007
a statue of a soldier carrying a gun does not glorify violence - it glorifies the supreme sacrifice made so that we can have the freedoms that we have. you know, like the right to say what we think on the internet, or anywhere else, for that matter, without having to worry that someone will come kill our family in the night for just our words.

God bless Danny Deitz and his family for their ultimate sacrifice!!!
LRO

Denver, CO

#17 Apr 6, 2007
This is nothing more than again the vocal minority trying to force theri opinion on the silent majority. This country has become so PCF that it's become sickening. Our Founding Fathers would be rolling over in their graves if they could see what is happening.

Danny Dietz is an American hero, plain and simple. The memorial is a dedication to his life and the ultimate sacrifice he gave to defend the rights of everyone in this country, including the morons that don't want the memorial built. Maybe they should leave this brutal and violent country if they don't like it.
tcf

Montgomery, AL

#18 Apr 6, 2007
I couldn't agree with KPD more, this type of "parents group" is exactly what has torn down our country to what it is now. No body cares for their neighbor, it's all about "self" These types of liberal mandy pandy groups makes me sick. Get a life. We should have more statues of our fallen heros.
bpboyarko

Denver, CO

#19 Apr 6, 2007
It is tragic that we live in a world where brave men like Danny Dietz are put into a dangerous situation. His death is nothing but a tradgedy, and an unimaginable loss to his family and his country. He deserves our highest respect, and the greatest way we can honor him is to work as hard as we can to strive for peace, so young strong men like Danny no longer have to die. We must always look for peaceful solutions first, and only use force for the purpose of preventing greater and imminent deaths. I don't believe that the memorial promotes violence; however, we should be reminded that there is nothing glorious about death. There is nothing good about death whether it is warranted or not. It is simply the manifestation of evil in the world.

Since: Mar 07

Littleton

#20 Apr 6, 2007
Well, another mis-guided attempt at political correctness. Like most of the prior respondents, I agree. The "Moms" that are against this need to look at the reality of the world we live in and explain to their children that not everything is as depicted on Sesame Street or Barney.

I am sure that they (the "Moms") would be as incredulous as most of us are about their request if a couple that could not have children requested the removal of all the signs by the road that depict a parent and child (the diamond shaped yellow crossing signs) because they felt 'offended' by them.

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