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Monday, April 16, 2007

What words are there left?

The nation is again stunned. 33 students, many of them still teenagers, shot down in cold blood by one of their own. 33 bright young minds gone forever. 33 families mourning the senselessness, the abject stupidity of this action. Thousands of students on this campus in deep mourning for their loss, and for the innocence they will never get back. Millions of people the world over questioning once again the US policy on handguns. The numbers are staggering.

Is this the pivitol moment where congress will finally say "enough" and start to tighten the gun laws? Is this tragedy another in a long line of mass shootings with no changes and little accountability? Will Virginia question why you need little more than a heartbeat to purchase weapons in their state?

My heart is so heavy. I think of my own children who are starting to discuss college. I want to hold them close, to suggest that the community college down the road is just FINE. I don't want to let them go into a world filled with such sadness and anger.

How could this happen again and again with no changes in the way we govern handguns?

My sympathies lay with the families, friends, and students of Virgina Tech.

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Blogger Librocrat said...

There's not much we can do. The Bush logic: Guns don't kill people, people kill people. When in reality it is: Guns don't kill people. People kill people with guns.

He actually said "This has nothing to do with Gun control. When the man killed someone he broke the law. We don't support breaking the law."

That's not a direct quote but it was something of that nature. I can't stand the man.

16/4/07 10:54 PM  
Blogger kitten said...

I cannot believe G. Bush said that there would still be no change in the gun laws. The rest of the world is stunned beyond belief. WHen the Port Arthur massacre happened here the gun laws were revamped and now no one can own a handgun, period! I find it disgusting that he used that time as his forum to say such a thing...the rest of the world news is talking about what a moron he is, not that they weren't already but now they are shaking their collective heads like he needs to have some sense knocked into him. Sorry, not using this as a forum to bash the guy, just report what's happening on the world scene and what is really surreal is that a local girl(from Brisbane, Australia - where I live) is living at one of the dorms at VA Tech and they had her pics and her voice all over the news today as she called in a report to the national news here to tell everyone she was ok and what her take was on the events. PS I can't believe it's SNOWING THERE! Holy moly! That's unreal this time of year! Hope youu're not being flooded or snowed in or anything, margalit...take care.

17/4/07 2:56 AM  
Blogger Pendullum said...

My heart is so heavy for the families...

I can not imagine what they are going through...

My father was a cop in a country where gun laws were pretty strict... He had to bring his gun home every night. Before he did so, he ensured the bullets were out, and the gun was hidden...He did not bring the gun home because he felt it would make us safe.he brought it home as it was, because it was the law... He has been retired for fifteen years and does not own a gun.

I can not fathom, why, why a gun or guns like the one this man had on him could be sold... What would the purpose of such fire arms???

This commentary, I have written does not take away from my most sincere grief for the families... But anger at the inability of a government to see the error in certain liberties to carry such fire power.

17/4/07 10:02 AM  
Blogger Rhea said...

I can't believe we live in a world where guns are commonplace. We don't need them. And while we are all trapped in culture of testosterone-fueled violence, the last thing we need around here are guns.

17/4/07 10:03 AM  
Blogger barbie2be said...

i am so saddened and bewildered by this tragic thing. i feel so bad for all those parents that thought their children would be safe at college. and for those kids, young adults really, that have experienced such an unspeakable horror.

why can't we do something?

17/4/07 2:04 PM  
Blogger kitten said...

This morning I woke up early enough to catch a few minutes of the Today show from America (at least in that sleep deprived state I think it was the Today show - could've been another). THere was a woman that was an advocate of ALL people being able to carry concealed weapons. I was flabbergasted! My husband - the aussie- was laughing his head off and made some snarky comment on how all the gun toters were just going to end up killing each other, fully deserving Darwin awards....that's when a newscaster broke in to tell about someone with a gun holding ppl hostage in a school in North Dakota? WTF??? Personally, I think England has done a great job and no one is allowed to own any type of gun, except for hunting and that's strictly controlled...I may be wrong, but now I think they are only allowed pellet rifles? Not certain about that, though. I just can't believe that the american public generally think it's still OK to own guns! What is the world coming to?

17/4/07 5:36 PM  

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