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JohnRad1991 - you are so right.
CNMT - "We can't afford to buy books for students thereby forcing them to share them at school and not be able to bring them home to study but we can afford to give out iPads????"
You are so right, too! If the public only knew how kids and teachers are cheated.
Oh, and please don't start another grassroots campaign to help the schools, like in the Aberdeen Times. Teachers were severely reprimanded enmasse for talking to the public, whether they did or not.
Reggie Mantle's disgusting post above with the picture of a child with Down's Syndrome running a race is so typical of a Republican response and so indicative of your character. I have flagged it for removal. I hope it is taken down soon.
Again, Joyce's original letter is so true - these children and adults are waiting for us to respond. Don't let them wait in vain. Please show up so we can keep this from happening again.
Skyline - No, you're right, I am firearms illiterate. I know very little about weapons. We do have one or two firearms in our home - workable family pieces - and our children were taught to use and respect guns at an early age (not by me, of course!). I'm actually a fairly decent shot, the few times I've tried.
My issue is that, other than the police and the military, no citizen needs the heavy-duty weaponry that kills so many in so short a time. If there is another use for those guns, I'd like to know what it is.
I mean, do the math, if there were no cars on the roads, we'd have no auto accidents. If there were no AK-47s (or whatever), there would be no deaths from AK-47s.
I believe that our national gun control dialogue needs to pursue solutions like armed guards at schools - but not arming teachers, for sure.
And to FugitiveGuy - Yes, Voldemort - He Who Must Not Be Named. I agree with Anderson Cooper and others who refuse to honor this mass murderer with the attention he craved. Let him fade into oblivion while we honor the 26 beautiful lives he stole.
OK, yeah, I re-read my post and see how I didn't make myself clear. Sorry! I intended to convey that people who want sub-machine guns (and all the other types of weaponry beyond a basic hunting weapon) can only want them in order to murder lots of people. Do the military and police, etc. need them? Of course - unfortunately, in the defense of the public and our country, they're necessary. But the average citizen does not need a machine that will kill dozens, if not hundreds of people in a few seconds. If Voldemort hadn't had access to the weapon he possessed, 26 beautiful souls might still be with us.
I can understand that gun enthusiasts enjoy their right to own guns for hunting and sport. But, anyone who wants a sub-machine gun is a murderer, pure and simple. That's the only reason these guns are created, to murder humans - and lots of them. No American has the "right" to murder. Therefore, these murder weapons should be banned from sales and taken out of the hands of citizens.
I can hear the howling now, "When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns!" I'm talking about military-style weapons. If whats-his-name hadn't had his murder weapons at Sandy Hook, we might not be burying 26 people.
So, the best-trained officers in America often miss their target when doing their duty...and our teachers are supposed to be better than that??? No, arming teachers is not the answer. Deb's suggestions of providing armed resource officers on all school campuses is spot-on. But, heck, too many in the general public as well as our legislators think we have too much in the schools anyway - you know, supplies, materials, and teachers - so, it's not likely they're going to provide adequate safety. Heck, we can't even get a nurse in every school. It just shows how little children and teachers matter in our society. Yes, that sounds negative, but the weight of 20 precious little lives and 6 precious adults is still weighing on my soul.
Hooray for 195! They are my favorite restaurant! Congratulations to all three great eateries!
TAP (Would you learn to spell and use proper grammar?) - I'll answer your question! "When is enough enough?" - I've had enough of you and your outrageous, blind rhetoric. I notice you didn't answer my question above. Also, your picture is a symptom of a very disturbed mind. You should be banned from this site.
"Did you ever notice that no one wanted to secede from the union when George Bush was president, and he started a war in Iraq based on lies, and then wasted 39, 365 dead and wounded lives, 132,000 Iraqi civilian lives, and 1.4 trillion dollars? Why is that?" Attributed to Andy Rooney, but true no matter who said it.
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