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next!: oregon school-shooting

Postby mammamaia » Tue Jun 10, 2014 3:48 pm

yes, my home state, quiet, peaceful oregon now joins the list... one student 'executed' by another one, one teacher grazed, shooter dead..............................

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Children in lock-step
with hands on each head
run for their lives
while their classmates lie dead
and a child with a gun
runs amok in the gym
killing some more
till one last shot kills him.

Ev’ry week now, it seems
yet another school’s hit,
children gunned down
in a vengeance-aimed fit
by a child with a gun
who was bullied, or worse--
killing, then killed
by our gun-culture’s curse.

Our schools are now war zones
where gun-drills are routine,
kids taught to hide
till police clear the scene.
What lessons they learn now
are not what we’d want taught—
how to survive
till the next shooter’s caught!
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Re: next!: oregon school-shooting

Postby Jowen » Tue Jun 10, 2014 5:06 pm

Now Canada too
like never before --
kids maimed or gunned down
By the "nice" kid next door.
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Postby mammamaia » Tue Jun 10, 2014 5:51 pm

or the 'weird' kid next door whose parents couldn't get psychiatric help for... and whose friends knew he was ready to kill, but said nothing...
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Re: next!: oregon school-shooting

Postby James A. Ritchie » Wed Jun 11, 2014 12:09 pm

Gun culture has nothing to do with it. The way we're raising our kids is the problem. Violence is always a people problem. More people were killed by hammers last year than by rifles.

Until and unless society as a whole decides to take responsibility for the way they live, for the their kids are raised, for the beliefs passed along by both parents and society, by everything from peer pressure to Hollywood, from the morality we teach, or fail to teach, nothing is going to change.

Gun culture is just a knee jerk, no thought reaction, a failure to understand that people are the problem. There are countries with fully automatic weapons in nearly every home, and they have almost zero violence.

Here, we've sown the wind of immorality, of anything goes if it feels good, that right and wrong are simply abstract ideas, that fatherless homes are just fine, and now we're reaping the whirlwind of our choices.

The only way to stop the violence is to change society, and very few are willing to do this because it means changing themselves first.

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Re: next!: oregon school-shooting

Postby mammamaia » Wed Jun 11, 2014 12:23 pm

we're not in disagreement on most of what you say, james...

'gun-culture' as used in this piece refers to what's taught to kids by parents' examples and demonstrated to kids in all of the media and games they're exposed to and allowed to play...

but fatherless homes are not a contributing factor to the prevelance of gun violence and other violence in our society... in fact, it's fathers who most often teach violence by their example...
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Re: next!: oregon school-shooting

Postby updog » Wed Jun 11, 2014 12:58 pm

Humans have been killing each other from the beginning of time, and we will continue to kill each other until the last man falls. Guns are not the problem. People are the problem.
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Postby mammamaia » Wed Jun 11, 2014 1:03 pm

sadly true, updog!... guns just make it that much easier to kill more, before being stopped...
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