"According to FBI statistics, in 2011 in the United States, 8,583 people were murdered with guns." This statistic made me think a bit about this topic differently than my usual anti gun, anti NRA rant. According to a variety of websites, but specifically this one from Wikkipedia, there were less US military ( total 8519) casualties in Afghanistan (2001-present) and Iraq (2003-present) combined than those above mentioned gun deaths at home. Granted many of those deaths occurred with bombs, roadside devices, suicide attacks etc. It is as though our country is engaged in a civil war. Like it or not, guns make these deaths easier. Just the other day, I read an account where a man with a knife, or box cutter stabbed/slashed 14 or so students on a small Texas campus. As of this date, I do not believe anyone died because of the attack.
Freedom is wonderful. I can recall the first time I rode a bike, and felt that wonderful feeling of freedom that I still enjoy daily 55 years later. Yet, to sound like a 5th grade teacher lecturing a social studies class, freedom comes with responsibility. The NRA and gun enthusiasts need to step up and act responsibly since we cannot prejudge or predict who is violently insane. The fact that there may not even be a congressional vote regarding legislation is insulting to the survivors of all senseless attacks. Their loved ones died in vain. The attacks are senseless, not hateful. Senseless because of mentally handicapped violence. It's too bad that the senselessness doesn't stop there.
On a separate note, Tom, you don't need to stoop to locker room language/phrasiology to make a point well supported by facts. It's not professional, and it undermines your argument. I am no prude, I love language with all it's vulgarity and eloquence. However, when it is in the form of the written word in print, it has the tendency to compromise your otherwise good logic.
What happened to this week's edition?
Mass shootings are extremely traumatic and make super news stories but around 30 people are killed in mass shootings per year in the U.S. Meanwhile, 32,000 per year are killed in car accidents. Which issue merits more attention?
The deaths caused by global warming due to carbon emitted in production newspaper articles and TV shows about the mass shootings (and the gun control proposals that follow) will probably exceed the number of actual deaths from the shootings themselves.
Would it be ok if she were a younger hippie chick???
Thanks. I know tons of kids, including my own, that went to Movers & Shakers.
Not even a relevant question. Knee-jerk reactions to bad events generally make for bad law, and unintended consequences.
When was the last time congress passed any law with teeth? They are all watered down compromises. You can be certain that any issue of any importance whatsoever will be gridlocked until the weakest form of the law is passed a day late and a dollar short. A law on background checks, when it finally does pass, will be so weak and ineffectual and it will have zero impact on the amount of gun deaths in America. The real solution, to ban and confiscate all guns, will not happen until lawlessness gets so completely out of hand that a fascist dictator gains control of the government (with the help and approbation of the people) and unilaterally takes action to bring the lawlessness under control. It will take a Hitler-like charismatic dictator to accomplish it. Give it another hundred years or so. We will see if the cure is worse than the disease. But we are definitely headed in that direction. When people see a weak and powerless government, they vote for dictators who promise to get things done. This is the road we are traveling down every time congress fails to get the job done.
Yea, let's just ban everything. That should take care of the problem.
Ms. Nielsen has a unique way of expressing herself. The "problem" with the letter is that it's not about a particular topic but an exercise in free association.
And she's an older hippie chick.
Amazing story about two young men with the ambition and courage to follow their idea. Back then rock and roll was really a teenage phenomenon and it was amazing what kids could do. Guys who should have been sitting in Algebra were touring the country. Whole top 40 radio stations were practically run by kids under 25. And a couple kids from Tucson had their own record label. I have to see this film.
Dear Teach Her,
Gabacho is a derogatory term roughly equivalent to "stupid white woman," sort of the opposite of "stupid brown beanie"
You've been insulted by a racist turd, just in case you didn't know.
look, fruend. Nobody is ever going to get anywhere with that lumber on your shoulder. Start by admitting there is a JOINT problem in BOTH communities. I was a teacher in Yuma for 4 years grades 3-6. I KNOW the Mexican students, and I say Mexican, many were bussed La Otra. Don't try and razzle/dazzle me about 'giving a damn' I've seen Mexican mothers in school lobbys SCREAMING at principals and teachers b'cuz of infines/insignif items junior told mommy (sometimes true, othertimes not). The students often REFUSE to speak English, I had to call in the principal to TELL them solomente Inlise in le classe. It's the LAW. Then they listen. Now and then, I've taken guns off their kids, so, wise up, as Dr. Phil says, two sides to every story, and from you, we are NOT getting both sides.
Dan, got no problem with left of center, that's really not a bad place to be. Do think, though, that to really do discussion, and information dissemination justice, one must be exposed to all arguments in order to train one's mind to filter reality without pre-conceptions. Our life experiences and associations color our views and if they're only from one perspective we suffer by lack of what could have been. Regards, - Mammey
Democracy doesn't work? How do you know Dan? Where have you seen it?
Interesting...so this is no doubt one of the reasons that the United States Government will not secure the border...it may upset the government of Mexico if we secured the borders so their citizens couldn't come here and send money back to Mexico. Some of that money they send back, isn't even their money to send back...stealing from Americans. How do I know you may ask...several years ago our card number was stolen and some criminal tried to wire money out of our account...to guess where...MEXICO!
I'm surprised that you would run a perfectly legible and intelligible piece with the heading "we don't know what this is about but we are running it anyway"--it just seems so disrespectful! I thought that letters to the editor were OUR chance, as readers, to express ourselves and to opine, not yours. You have the whole newspaper to get your point of view across. If you are going to be so frankly rude about someone's letter, simply don't print it. But printing it and then ridiculing the person who wrote it (especially when its not rocket science to figure out what its about-) seems really unnecessary. All of that aside, I take it as a perfectly reasonable story about someone crashing back to Earth, with all of the human idiots contained thereon, after happily composing "lets make it better" letters in her head. Full disclosure: I know this woman, brilliant, creative and open-minded, and I am a dog owner who likes her dogs off leash. So I think I truly DO know what this letter is about. Notwithstanding, I make it a point to be respectful of others' preferences when it comes to my dogs. AND I agree that when it comes to the meek inheriting the earth, I won't be in that number. An apology from you would be nice, but some interest and a desire to understand what is written would be even nicer.
Yes Bob: Not true. Weekly Wide Web wasn't ready in time for print this week, so its space (next to Police Dispatch) was filled with an ad. Good to know you're reading it though.
Please correct me if I'm wrong but it appears that you bumped the World Wide Web, The Range Roundup and the Comment of the Week to make more space to slobber all over Steve?
Yes, Yes!!!! Have to admit that it's nice to see someone finally admitting to the FACT that BILLIONS of American dollars got shipped out of country, and not used to bolster the local economies that they were earned in!!!
Imagine if Jackie Robinson was gay! His story would have been completely different. Many straight football players will resent the presence of a gay man in the locker room. They resent female sports reporters access to locker rooms, too. But they are also pragmatic. There's more to life than a person's sexual preference. Players of all stripes will overlook any behavior outside the game if a player helps put wins on the board. Gay players are going to have to leave their preference outside the locker room in the interest of getting along with their teammates. If they don't, their cause for equal rights will continue to be set back by players who resent their locker room being sexualized to make a point that has nothing to do with the sport. Calling someone a gay football player is like calling someone a lesbian economist. The two terms have nothing to do with each other. They can be two seperate aspects of the same human being in the same way that being a married or single football player has no bearing on how he plays football.
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