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  •  I haven't kept up with all (2+ / 0-)
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    Neuroptimalian, annecros

    the reports. Aspberger's is what I heard early on as a recorded 'issue' with this guy, combined with a smothering mother. But that last part was only hearsay and could as easily be an attempt to shift blame onto the actual owner of the guns used. Even though he killed her first.

    That doesn't explain the slaughter of first-graders to me, so something is obviously being missed. Bottom line, we don't know all the details yet. Aren't likely to know them all when the smoke clears either. Just another senseless massacre. Lord knows there's plenty of those these days.

    I truly appreciate the fear and the loathing that is being tossed willy-nilly in the desperate effort to find a scapegoat and slit its throat so we can all feel better. As a mother, a teacher, an administrator and a human being I am as horrified by what happened as anybody (except those directly impacted, of course). I have even lost a brother and a son to murder in my life, so the empathy ties are taught with deep emotion on my end. I'd love some real answers and remedies.

    But... but... given the fact that humans are what they are, it's a risky business to give a well-armed, amoral authority absolute control over the ability (and right) of citizens to protect themselves if they have to. Cops in my neck of the woods are hours away, literally. If they bother to come at all, and they sometimes don't. They of all people expect me to be able to protect my family, home and property against threats that may arise, and even as far into the boonies as you can get the biggest threat is human. When was the last time you heard of a deer slaughtering a couple dozen defenseless humans just for fun? Or a bear, a cougar, a coyote, or any other animal, ruminant or predator?

    As I said, I've no skin in this game. Nobody's coming to take my gun, and nothing out of D.C. or my state capital is going to even try. Something is obviously wrong in our society that this keeps happening. And too often from people who claim ostensibly that their guns are to fight off "government tyranny." Or at least Zombies. 20 first graders don't qualify in anybody's mind (except the crazy shooter's) as tyrannical gub'ment agents or the Undead. We need to try and fix that glitch, and if it costs you (figurative) 5 or 15 bullets per magazine clip, I'm fine with that. Really.

    •  OMG. (3+ / 0-)
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      Joieau, gerrilea, PavePusher

      I had no idea about your brother or son.  How absolutely horrible.  I'm so sorry.

      I lost my brother to suicide a few years ago, but it was his choice to go.  I can't even imagine how I'd deal with his loss had it been by murder.  My deepest condolences to you for your tragic losses.

      "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

      by Neuroptimalian on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 11:04:10 PM PST

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    •  Joieau, I've seen at least three comments (0+ / 0-)

      from you in this diary which deserved rec's.  Sadly I've seen them too late to do so.

      Excellent thoughts, well written.  
      The use of 'stead, as the new 'hood, should enter the wider lexicon.

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