In the wake of the terrible events in Newtown, Connecticut, there has been an outpouring of opinions and anger, but mostly grief. Obviously Winnipeg has been affected less than New England, but more than other places, with one family having lived in Winnipeg before moving to Newtown. But even if we had no connection aside from the basic feeling of love for the children in our lives, it would still have hit us hard. It did hit us hard long before we knew much about what happened at all.
But the biggest problem with the tragedy in Connecticut is the (Read more…)
In the United States, while there is more violent crime in the city, there are more mass shootings – including school shootings – in the suburbs. Gun violence is a problem across the board in the United States, no one – rich or poor – is immune.
What happened in Connecticut is a tragedy – young lives lost, the individual who carried out the shootings was highly disturbed. In photos, he looks like a regular person, and he’s from a well-off family. This is further evidence of the pervasiveness of gun violence in the United States, it’s not just
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The world suffered a tragedy when a gun man went and killed 20 students and 6 adults. The world was made worse when out of this horror people called others whackos and nuts for merely having a different opinion.
A tragedy should make us try to be better not worse.
Over three-quarters of the firearms used to carry out mass shootings in the United States since 1982 were obtained legally. How on Earth can there not be a national discussion on gun control?
And to those gun advocates who say that tragedy ought not to be politicized, that we need to wait a respectful amount of time before debating such contentious issues as gun control (but who don’t object when such violence is attributed to the absence of God from public schools), I will point out that there have so far been sixteen mass shootings in the United States
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Does this geeky kid look like a killer? He looks harmless. Looks can be deceiving. He was also a very bright student. 28 dead and 20 of them children and 8 adults including Adam Lanza. Simply incredible. I may write more on this subject matter later.
We’re all responsible for Connecticut.
All the causes that led up to the tragedy yesterday were known before from other horrible events but we did nothing to prevent them.
Days of rational discussion have passed since a gun man shot up a theatre in Colorado, countless debates have occurred since US Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot, and seven elections have been held since Columbine. In all that time no real change was made to gun regulations, no improved access to mental health programs, and no social recognition of the need to look out and care for those at
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by Max Fisher for The Atlantic (reposted from July 23, 2012)
I’ve heard it said that, if you take a walk around Waikiki, it’s only a matter of time until someone hands you a flyer of scantily clad women clutching handguns, overlaid with English and maybe Japanese text advertising one of the many local shooting ranges. The city’s largest, the Royal Hawaiian Shooting Club, advertises instructors fluent in Japanese, which is also the default language of its website. For years, this peculiar Hawaiian industry has explicitly targeted Japanese tourists, drawing them away from beaches and resorts into shopping malls,
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Canada is one country out of 193 and most Canadians currently think we can do nothing about our economy; yet when one person out of seven billion uses a gun to kill we think we know the problem and how to solve it.
Either we as a society recognize our ability to shape and influence our situation in the world or we don`t, we can`t do both.
With every problem, there are symptoms and there is the disease.
In the wake of yet another mass shooting in the United States today — this one leaving twenty-seven dead at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school — the disease, clearly, is the culture of violence that pervades the country, and I do not blame anyone for wanting to tackle this disease directly. But when the symptoms manifest themselves in the form of twenty dead children, a call to manage the symptoms through gun control is more than just understandable; it is urgently necessary.
Without doubt, these frequent shootings represent an
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As a father, I cannot come close to imagining what those parents are going through right now. No, I’m not going to rant about gun control. That can wait. I just want to express my profound and utter despair about how fucked-up this world can be. And spare some thoughts and some tears for the [...]