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April 16th, 2007

a somber sad day @ 05:17 pm

Current Mood: shocked shocked

I'm pretty shocked right now. I came bak from getting food for Fiona, and found out about the shooting at Virginia Tech. I left this morning before ten (probably about 9:20 or so) and CNN had someone on talking about the shooting, but no details were really available at the time. I am not sure what to say here, but this reminds me of how I felt after the Columbine shooting. This time, the worst shooting rampage in American history happened at a college campus, and I'm not sure, as a college student, what I feel. Though it seems as if it is a huge deal, and for the students at the VT campus, it is, I don't feel less safe at the University of Arkansas. The reality is, one man can cause this much carnage at any university in any place. I guess this is the price we pay for a free society. Makes me wonder what questions will be asked after this tragedy. Are we really safe? Are guns really bad? Are our only enemies terrorists? I don't know the answers to these questions, and I don't want to speculate or debate. I don't think it's fair to introduce the politics of gun control into today's discussions when so much innocent life has been lost.

Every day, we are bombarded by fear-based stories. From what will cause cancer, to what might kill you because of defective equipment, to stories concerning school safety; are we safe anywhere in this country? All we can hope is that the stories we see tomorrow will be better than today's 33 killed in Blacksburg, and five killed today in Iraq. The Blacksburg tragedy is over, innocentblood has been shed, and now, we must cope and move on. There's got to be some good news today, and watching CNN probably isn't going to be where I find it.
 
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From:rmahorney
Date:April 18th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC)
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The politics of gun control has already been brought in to the discussion by those who think gun control is going to stop random acts. Guns are not bad they are a tool like anything else and given your use of and dependency on tools I would not expect you to fall prey to the group think that is out there today. If we ban guns, what else should we ban? Cars? knives? electricity? fire? Lets close the boarders while we're at it and with that closure of the boarders lets shut down the student visa program as well. Misuse of a tool by a single nutcake is not sufficient justification for banning that tool.
Ray T. Mahorney
WA4WGA
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From:djner
Date:April 18th, 2007 04:01 am (UTC)
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It's all too complicated. If we ban guns, people will still get them, and we'll still have terrorism and violence. That was created the same moment guns and unpowder were created and improved upon. I know you feel passionate about gun control and I respect that, and I must say, the more I think about that, the more I agree with you. I'm not a fan of guns. THey tend to cause destruction ad sadness, and they are the centerpiece of war but since they are available, we must have them so that we'll have something to defend ourselves with against the crazy people. Banning guns won't solve the problem that we see now. It's my choice not to like guns, but that doesn't mean I'm going to say that government should control things. As happened when abortion was banned, it still happened. I don't agree with abortion, and I probably shouldn't have brought up the A Word, but I believe that whatever is illegal, people will obtain. Much has been written, much has been studied, but there are my views on the whole thing. Would be happy to know what you think about these comments. 73

k5ner

P.S. sorry if that didn't make sense or if it was confusing. I'm tred :).
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From:rmahorney
Date:April 18th, 2007 04:20 am (UTC)
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First lets start with the understanding that supreme court ruling not withstanding there is no constitutional right to abortion. You cannot show me anywhere where such right is granted. Abortion should never have become a federal question but it is now settled precident. We may have to work on the rest of your comments when you are more alert.
Ray T. Mahorney
WA4WGA

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