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Campus Question – December 14, 2012

December 14, 2012

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Campus Question – December 14, 2012

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Today a man in China wounded 22 children at a school. None died. Today a man in Connecticut killed 20 children and 6 adults at a school. The attacker in China used a knife. The attacker in Connecticut used two 9mm pistols. The CDC reports that gun deaths may overtake traffic related deaths this year, and half of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history happened since 2007. And yesterday the Michigan legislature passed a bill allowing guns in school and daycare classes. Will the usual NRA excuses prompt the usual government non-action?

  • NCrissieB

    Today on Campus

    Morning FeatureGetting to Yes Again, Part II: Power and Dirty Tricks
    Midday Matinee – triciawyse with Frieday Critters

  • NCrissieB

    I’m past tears and well into anger. Gun control laws alone will not stop these massacres. Better mental health care services alone will not stop these massacres. Curbing violent rhetoric alone will not stop these massacres.

    No one thing alone will stop these massacres.

    That is not an excuse to do nothing.

    Gun control is part of the solution, and it’s way past time to get to work on that and the other parts of the solution. Yes, I’m “politicizing” this tragedy … because these massacres demand a political solution.

  • Gardener

    Pray for the dead,

    fight like hell for the living.

    – – – – – Mother Jones

  • addisnana

    I so hope this event is enough of a wake up call that Congress and the President get their asses in gear and take meaningful action. I have thought this before. The fact that I am still thinking it pisses me off. I have vacillated between tears and anger most of the afternoon.

    I get that this is a problem with many interrelated parts. The biggest wrench is the NRA and we need to collectively call their bluff. 😥 😈 😥

  • HurrikanEagle

    I agree that guns and gun control are serious problems which we need to look at in our society. However, in many cases I believe they will only treat a symptom instead of the problem itself.

    Often times when these happen, instead of looking into the deeper reasonings we have a knee-jerk reaction that automatically results in having the same debate about guns and gun control. I’m afraid that this might overshadow the bigger problem, leaving us stuck talking about a particularly large tree than the forest itself.

    Beyond gun control, lets also talk about Health Care, especially Mental Health Care, in this country and how we can make it more affordable and create less of a stigma surrounding it and those people who need it.

    Furthermore, lets take a look at our national dialogue and our national priorities. Our dialogue as it stands has slowly been becoming more and more violently tinged. Oh top of that, is the notion that we tend to publicize and in some cases glorify violence itself.

    Talking with another friend today, we both mentioned how we had watched the movie Die Hard at a young age. Neither of us were really allowed to see anything sexual. Perhaps the best example is Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction at the 2001 Super Bowl. Everyone was up in arms at the possibility that some small child somewhere might have seen something in appropriate.

    Why don’t we have the same reaction to violence in our society? These are the questions I’m asking myself after this terrible tragedy, not simply asking for further gun control.

  • winterbanyan

    I can’t begin to express my horror, my revulsion and anger about this tragedy. If I hear one peep about the second amendment I may blow a gasket. We need to look at our national psyche and why we can’t let go of our damn guns. What the hell is wrong with us?

  • Jim W

    Maybe not.

    Though it spent nearly $11 million on the 2012 election, the National Rifle Association saw less than 1 percent of its money go toward its desired result, according to the Sunlight Foundation—a nonpartisan group that uses data to promote government transparency.


  • LI Mike

    Terrible, terrible, terrible. Watching President Obama wipe away tears just rips at me. I certainly hope that at least some gun control laws are enacted, and mental budgets increased.