Friday, February 15, 2008


Haven't there been about a half-dozen high profile, multi-victim mall/school/workplace shootings like this one during the past couple of months?

What's going on out there?


Anonymous AnneLaurie said...

"Domestic" violence has always increased during economic crises, when the most psychologically vulnerable are pushed past their breaking points. The difference today is that we've delegitimized (to some degree) beating your wife or leaving belt marks on your kids -- today you *will* be arrested, you may go to jail, and you will certainly be shamed/shunned by your neighbors. Simultaneously, we've semi-consciously glamourized (celebritized?) the Mad Gunmen who "sack up" as many weapons as they can lay hands upon & publicly blast as many of their perceived Enemies as possible in the proverbial blaze of glory. Don't know what the DeKalb nutcase's grievance will turn out to have been, but it's obvious that some small percentage of our fellow citizens will actually KILL (and not just DIE) in order to get their 15 minutes of television fame.

2/15/2008 6:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's odd that the same people who scream "The Consitition is not a death warrent" when it comes to warrantless spying on citizens or torture of prisoners etc, go ballistic (pun!) about gun control.

Let's see a chart comparing people killed by "terrorists" and people killed by people with guns.

I'm against gun control, but a little consistency would be nice.

2/15/2008 8:04 AM  
Anonymous goldhorder said...

Ummmm...lets see a chart comparing people killed by powerful central goverments compared to single individuals with guns. Good pro gun article the other day.

When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

It’s better to be judged by 12, than carried by six. (Referring to carrying where illegal to carry.)

Never say "gun control" but instead, say "victim disarmament." I've seen the visceral effect this has on our enemies in public. It's as if somebody punched them in the stomach when they realize they've lost the moral high ground. – L. Neil Smith

These people want our guns because they want to run our lives, and they don't want to worry about getting shot when they try to do so. When you hear that they've confiscated my gun, then you'll know I'm dead. – Walter Williams

If slaves owned guns, would they be slaves? – Greg Josif

The sophisticated and subtle tyrant will unarm his people, and store up their weapons, under pretence of keeping them safe. – Sir Walter Raleigh

An armed society is a polite society. – Robert A. Heinlein

You can have freedom or you can have peace. – Robert A. Heinlein

A good shot must necessarily be a good man since the essence of good marksmanship is self-control and self-control is the essential quality of a good man – Colonel Jeff Cooper

Clearly the founders didn't mean for the people to have arms...LOL

The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed. – Alexander Hamilton

The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able may have a gun. – Patrick Henry

The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it. – Thomas Jefferson

Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence... From the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to ensure peace, security, and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable... The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that's good. – George Washington

The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subjected people to carry arms; history shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subjected peoples to carry arms have prepared their own fall." – Sarah Brady (Correction: Hillary Clinton.) (Correction: Adolph Hitler)

I'm with Walter Williams...some goverment goon will probably eventually pick me off from the top of my pail. LOL

2/15/2008 8:49 AM  
Blogger DrDave said...

Reuters includes this sentence in every article about a mass shooting in the US:

Mass shootings are not particularly rare in the United States, where the gun-ownership lobby is politically influential and gun control is far less strict than in many countries.

Reuters has gotten to use this line several times in the past week alone.

2/15/2008 2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mass murderers have apparently found a loophole in the gun-free-school-zone laws while the law-abiding citizens leave their own guns at home when they need to enter school property. There are no law-abiding armed citizens to act as a deterrent which may be a contributing factor in all these schools being sites for these disturbed individuals to make their point.

Home invasions into an occupied home are rare and the citizens absolute right to self defense no doubt plays into the bad guy’s thinking. Although not all homeowners have weapons in their house, many houses do have armed homeowners.

2/15/2008 6:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Point and shoot video games.

2/15/2008 7:25 PM  
Blogger DrDave said...

Many mass murderers have also found a loophole in the Federal Insta-Check system that does not flag an applicant with a history of mental illness.

New legislation was recently signed into law to tighten some of the loopholes. It took Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, whose husband was killed and son severely wounded by an armed nut on a commuter train, 6 years to get this legislation through Congress.

2/16/2008 7:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a lot of pent up anger in "the marketplace", in the "countryside".
Expect to see more of the same.

2/16/2008 12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


2/19/2008 4:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hhhhmmm,,, imho..

- Desensitizing killing, murder, and abusive behavior of all kinds. Oh it's only.... Other people are just collateral damage according to our leadership. Valuing money over anybody and everything else.

- The decline of our infrastructures. The decline of a quality education. The attach on science and reason. The decline of commonsense.

- Ignoring fiduciary responsibility. The falling of our financial, insurance, government institutions, and ethical behavior. Decreasing respect towards each other. Decreasing transparency. The pursuit of happiness has turned into screw you, the environment, society, for money for myself and my goons. A real sense of lack of fairness, whether financial, judicial, or polical. We're not citizens, or humans, we are replaceable cogs, widgets, votes, consumers that can be number crunched and stuffed into districts with lines drawn on someone political wet dream map. CEO's get 10 lifetimes of benefits with guarantees at the cost of research, employees, and shareholders. Turning a blind eye to illegal activities and other "unethical", unsustainable, institution crumbing activities, that have been increasing in the last 30 odd years, and that jeopardize the long-term wellbeing of our citizens and country.

- Business and political leadership that says, do as I say not as I do. And then does unthinkable stuff in secrecy.

- Leadership that rewards incompetency. Leadership that acts in a bubble and opts for politics over country. Leadership (even before 911) operated in secrecy in order to do what they wanted so they benefited. Leadership that took a country to war on lies.

- The corruption of Christianity for profits and power.

- Rupert Murdoch and similar manure spreaders that have turned real investigative journalism in our Democracy upside down pouring out any real value and the drips are left to divide us and distract us. Oh boy, but he sure can make money.

- Our prozac, valium, xanex, alcohol, energy drink, downer, upper, anti-anxiety "mind mucking" nation. Mucking with the mind, the earlier the better, for a profit and easy fix, rather than deal with the root cause.


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2/20/2008 4:53 PM  

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