Where were the real values of this family. When one has a disturbed child living
at home, it makes no sense to introduce him to firearms. It is a tragedy waiting
to happen. When will we ever learn. We have driven God from our society at a
great price. She had a psycopath on her hands and apparently did not know it and
in todays society what can one do.I am fearful there is more to come as we do
not know how to deal with the problems of violence in our country anymore. I can
remember a time when we had no worries about guns at school. No one even
considered such gross misuse of firearms, even in an age whee bullying was
While Steven Pinker can show you how violence has actually declined it's
hard to believe it from the news. Perception is not always reality. May 18, 1927 : In the deadliest mass school murder in United States history,
former school board member Andrew Kehoe set off three bombs in Bath Township,
Michigan killing 45 people and wounding 58. Kehoe killed himself and the
superintendent by blowing up his own vehicle.June 11, 1964: Cologne school
massacre. Armed with an insecticide sprayer converted into a flamethrower, a
lance and a homebuilt mace, 42-year-old Walter Seifert entered the Katholische
Volksschule and opened fire on the girls playing in the courtyard. He then
knocked in classroom windows with his mace and fired inside. Eight children and
two teachers died, twenty children and two teachers survived with very severe
burns. After taking a cyanide pill, Seifert died the following day, in custody.
If you have a child who is already unstable and then complicate the situation by
the parents' divorce, it is a formula for tragedy. Instead of blaming guns,
we ought to be looking at social conditions that promote violence and misery.
Why do people need assault weapons (those used by soldiers and police swat
teams) in their homes?Why is a hunting rifle and/or a small handgun not
sufficient to "protect your family"?Why, with all the wonderful
hobbies and interests available, would a person chose to collect and glorify
guns and other weapons? Why do people not see that weapons and emotionally
and mentally disturbed individuals do not mix?Why are people reluctant to
get professional help for disturbed children? Do they not see what is happening
in our society when these troubled children explode?When will the
insurance industry see the need to provide some mental health coverage for all
policies?Why do extremely religious people talk about God's love, yet
glorify owning lethal weapons?Will those in our country who make the laws
ever see the light?
JSB,Who is blaming guns? Obviously this young man had problems and
is ultimately responsible, but why can't we be reasonable and admit that
without access to these weapons, this would not have happened. May he have
opted for a different method sure, may he have obtained a gun in another method,
but we don't know that. What we do know is that he had a small arsenal at
his ready disposal and he used it to murder 26 people. Reasonable
people would look at this and say we need to examine whether or not average
citizens need assault weapons.
Guns are here and have always been here. The second amendment provides for them.
As the technology increases so does the threat. Citizens and law inforcement
need to keep up with this technology as criminal types always do. Most democrats
and liberals do not even know what a real assault rifle is, they think
legislation is the cure. I remember the school bomb theat at
Cokevill, Wyoming years and years ago. There is always the bomb threat. How does
one cope wsith that with any gun except to take out the perpetrator and that is
not always possible. Unless we are willing to identify those in our
society who are suffering with the types of mental illness that allow them to
become unstable and kill we will always have this problem on our hands, always.
Hiding these folks only increases the threat. It is not guns that creat the
threat, it is the mentally unstable who have access to guns and other
Guns. Divorce. Unsafe Mental Health. Past troubles becoming excuses not to
forgive. A society in which the most popular stories end all their movies with
glorious violence that makes the audience cheer. Bouts of Rage. A school of
innocent unarmed people. Tragedy.