A Sad Commentary……

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Another shooting, more dead and more questions. I know I will get hammered writing this but I am an adult so I am going forward with it anyway. I choose to live in a small town in a northeastern state because I like that combination and I feel at home and safe. I was never a mall person but but I don't think it matters much here or frankly even in other shootings. What I know is that sick and crazy people live everywhere and safety, like life is fleeting. That said it is never an accident that people who look to kill others typically go to places where there are many targets: schools, theaters, malls.

I am so saddened and so tired of the obvious ongoing massacres that are happening here and everywhere in a country that prides itself on freedom and justice, and yet turns a blind eye to the violence that can be better controlled a more aggressive approach to gun control. Guns kill, they were made for killing and those who say that it is people and not the instrument miss the picture in my view. I understand the second amendment and our rights in relation to this, but the argument is always the same: good people are not the shooters, but the unintended victims in the malaise. I simply don't agree. Without assess to weapons, there wouldn't be this discussion. So many sick or crazy people get their guns from parents or friends or thefts and then use them to kill others. We are not a military state, but our unabridged right to bear arms does not mean that continuing circumstances should not cause and effect a re-thinking of our values. 

Gun registration and background checks are only a small part of the solution. Penalties for owners who do not insure safe and secure storage of their weapons is something I would think appropriate too. (real penalties are more than fines). Moreover, I believe that a consciousness of an ever increasing and changing population should warrant a honest look at laws written in a very different time and for a very different people. 

Yesterday, before the most recent shooting, I read about the number of guns that were left in places where children and others could get at them and the sad consequences of this. More regulation is needed and until we recognize it and act the shooting will continue.

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Lenn Harley
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Yes, the perps appear to all be "sick and crazy".

So, it is THEY who must be protected by a "sensitive" society. 

Jan 25, 2014 08:56 PM #1
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Sheila, I just heard about this a little bit before reading your blog. So incredibly sad, to keep hearing about these incidents. I agree about the safe storage. And I just don't know how you deal with the mentally unstable and guns. Heartbreaking...

Jan 25, 2014 09:31 PM #2
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Raymond E. Camp
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Good morning Sheila,

I am a gun owner and agree that there should be better system to checking backgrounds; also if you have more than one gun you should be checked to make sure you have them under lock and key foe small percentage that do the shooting.

Make yourself a great day.

Jan 25, 2014 10:14 PM #3
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Good morning friends and thank you for stopping by and leaving your comments and offering your support: I really appreciate it.

Hello Lenn. It is so familiar and at the same time so bizarre. It happens again and again and I don't want to harsh but I am done with bleeding for the sick and crazy. There is more that we can do to help the sick and crazy for sure but there comes a point in time when it is just enough and the victims continue to die. Thank you.

Hi Monica. Every day for the last week there has been a shooting in a school or another public place. These were coverd in the news, but there were hundreds more that were not. Pick a day, pick a place and likely as not there was a person or people killed in theis country. We need to do better and stop shouting about the second amendment. Thank you.

Hello Raymond. I appreciate your joining the discussion. It only takes one gun to do serious harm so I think each gun should require keeping it under lock and key. 

Thank you all. 

Sheila

Jan 25, 2014 10:55 PM #4
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Rob D. Shepherd
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It makes me thankful for where I live, We don't have malls here.

Jan 25, 2014 11:19 PM #5
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I hear you Rob....it's like that here too.     Sheila

Jan 25, 2014 11:23 PM #6
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Joanna Cohlan
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AMEN.  When is enough,  enough?  Whether you have crowded malls or you have small towns, guns in the hands of intentional killers is a crime and until we as a country can figure out how to manage this, we need federal gun control legislation to put an end to more guns in more hands.  

Jan 26, 2014 06:04 AM #7
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Thanks Joanna. I am with you and enough is enough. Thank you and enjoy your evening.    Sheila

Jan 26, 2014 06:30 AM #8
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While many of my family members owned guns, they were never left out. These incidents are heartbreaking for us all.

Jan 27, 2014 03:07 PM #9
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Hi Michelle. If it were up to me, there wouldn't be guns, but locking them up is a start. Thank you.

Sheila

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