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Children playing with weapons distracts from Marine Week success
Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | 6/16/2012 | Mark Naymick

Posted on 06/16/2012 6:58:45 AM PDT by Saije

One image sticks with me from Marine Week, the military celebration in Cleveland that wraps up tomorrow.

It's not one of Marines in uniforms mingling in our bars and on our streets, or of their tanks and helicopters parked around downtown, or even of the somber evening taps ceremonies at Voinovich Park honoring the fallen. I keep coming back to the image of two girls, both 8, playing with shoulder-fired rocket launchers on Public Square.

In this image, one girl's tiny hands are wrapped around the handle and trigger, her mouth propped wide open with laughter, her eyes closed. A soldier's hand holds up the weapon's large tube barrel. The other girl is lifting a second weapon largely unassisted, the weight and size of it forcing her to bend as a grimace breaks her exuberant smile.

Plain Dealer photographer Lisa DeJong captured the image, which appeared in the Plain Dealer Tuesday. It generated some controversy inside and outside the paper.

Some thought the juxtaposition of such lethal weapons with pure innocence and excitement was too jarring or sent the wrong message.


(Excerpt) Read more at cleveland.com ...


TOPICS: Military/Veterans; Society
KEYWORDS: children; liberalhandwringing; marines; photograph; twistedpanties; weapons
Yeah, now that's all these kids are going to want for Christmas. Mommie, get me a flame thrower, please, please!!
1 posted on 06/16/2012 6:58:50 AM PDT by Saije
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To: Saije

I think I lost an inch off my manhood just reading that.


2 posted on 06/16/2012 7:01:41 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Saije

The children are under adult supervision. More specifically, the children are under US Marine adult supervison. Secondly, those launchers and any weapons that are displayed are rendered inoperable.

My suggestion to the folks at the newspaper, including the reporter and the photographer is to get the sand out of your shorts and wad out of your panties and stop being a bunch of pansies.

My daughter is 6. She shoots live firearms. She does it in a safe and positive environment. Holding an inert weapon is really nothing to have an aneurism over.


3 posted on 06/16/2012 7:05:37 AM PDT by BCR #226 (02/07 SOT www.extremefirepower.com...The BS stops when the hammer drops.)
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To: Saije

Stupid kids! Flame throwers are too heavy and you have to refill them all of the time. Hand grenades- that’s the ticket! Hand grenades are small, cheap, come in different models, and so simple to use that a five year old can get proper instruction and practical application exercise in one morning.


4 posted on 06/16/2012 7:06:11 AM PDT by fini
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To: fini

forget hand grenades

we’re heading to a point where the 5 yr olds will be manning drones

re: ender’s game


5 posted on 06/16/2012 7:08:07 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Saije

Isn’t this the same crowd that wants women to be in combat zones to prove their equality with men? These little girls are just looking forward to the feminists’ future for U.S, women,


6 posted on 06/16/2012 7:11:09 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Saije

LOL Looks like they’re having fun!


7 posted on 06/16/2012 7:15:52 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: BCR #226
My daughter would have loved handling those at that age and she would have wanted pictures to prove it.
8 posted on 06/16/2012 7:17:09 AM PDT by riverrunner
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To: Saije

Put it down! It’ll put your eye out.


9 posted on 06/16/2012 7:17:41 AM PDT by SkyDancer
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To: Saije
Overreaction,lack of Testosterone mixed with a lack of Journalistic integrity...

Would Anyone like to bet that this photo was staged....


10 posted on 06/16/2012 7:18:35 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: Saije
Some thought the juxtaposition of such lethal weapons with pure innocence and excitement was too jarring or sent the wrong message.

Oh, dry up!

11 posted on 06/16/2012 7:25:02 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: darkwing104
Unknown Hinson - Your Man Is Gay
12 posted on 06/16/2012 7:28:43 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

Actually, I borderline give this author credit. He presented mostly reactions, evenly distributed, from parents, and only once or twice injected opinion. I was pleasantly surprised.


13 posted on 06/16/2012 7:29:58 AM PDT by Lazamataz (People who resort to Godwin's Law are just like Hitler.)
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To: cripplecreek
It fits


14 posted on 06/16/2012 7:33:24 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: Saije

Oh, the horror ... the horror.


15 posted on 06/16/2012 7:34:37 AM PDT by Vesparado
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To: Saije

I am assuming this lib writer had a sex change?


16 posted on 06/16/2012 7:42:44 AM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by kicking a liberal in the face)
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To: Saije

Imagine the liberal heart attacks all over the country, if those girls had been aiming those weapons at and image of bin-Laden or Hitler, or a group of terrorists.

What the writer probably wanted in the girls’ hands, was a letter of apology addressed to all the bad people of the world.


17 posted on 06/16/2012 7:54:17 AM PDT by adorno
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To: Saije

Future Marines.


18 posted on 06/16/2012 7:55:39 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it and the law is what WE say it is.)
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To: Saije
But that image of the two girls playing with weapons haunts me.

Hi! I'm Mark Naymick and I pee sitting down.

19 posted on 06/16/2012 8:00:15 AM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: Saije

This is the same kind of mentality that gives us expulsion of non-Eric Holder kids for having a plastic knife in their lunch bag or the TSA confiscating toy soldiers holding guns.


20 posted on 06/16/2012 8:01:19 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: Saije

We must not allow our children to show any interest in weapons or the military. Nor should we allow them to develop a sense of patriotism for their country. If we can just keep raising one generation of p*ssyfied kids after another we will eventually be able to eliminate war altogether! /sarcasm

I’m sure the Chinese, Russians,and North Koreans will agree! /not sarcasm


21 posted on 06/16/2012 8:04:18 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: Saije
Children playing with weapons distracts from Marine Week success

Jeez, what will liberals complain about next...

22 posted on 06/16/2012 8:20:25 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
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To: Saije
Children playing with weapons distracts from Marine Week success

Jeez, what will liberals complain about next...??

23 posted on 06/16/2012 8:20:58 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
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To: Saije

What a bunch of sissies! My beautiful girly girls love guns and thing that go boom! Lefty nutless wonders. Pathetic.


24 posted on 06/16/2012 8:25:29 AM PDT by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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To: Saije

I just have to say to the “journalist”, shut up - this is perfectly normal. Jeez


25 posted on 06/16/2012 8:32:24 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Saije

Mark Naymick......what a sensitive guy.......that makes him better than everyone else......he cares more......the Marines spend 24 hours a day making a difference in this world......Mark writes pablum stories......if Mark wants to make a difference, stop writing meaningless stories and hike your behind down to the recruiting office.....anybody can write a good story about changing the world.....the Marines live it. There are those who tell everyone they care and there are those who do care.....and the ones who do care wear uniforms.


26 posted on 06/16/2012 8:33:56 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: fini

Once his pin has been pulled................

Mr. Grenade IS NOT YOUR FRIEND!!


27 posted on 06/16/2012 9:14:03 AM PDT by Flintlock (THE TRUTH: It's the new hate speech..)
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To: ladyjane
LOL Looks like they’re having fun!

My kid had a blast there, got to play with the gun on an APC, have a luvly photo of that, Marine Sgt helped him, so did his ex-tank commander Uncle

28 posted on 06/16/2012 9:25:56 AM PDT by Regulator
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To: Saije

I have a shot like that of my son when he was about 14 holding a Stinger tube. I think the HMMV Stinger vehicle was in the background. We were at Road Atlanta, and the Army or Marines (I think the former) had a recruiting group with anti-air hardware on display.

These blissninnies like the one who wrote this article need to get a clue.


29 posted on 06/16/2012 9:46:19 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: BCR #226; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
The children are under adult supervision. More specifically, the children are under US Marine adult supervison. Secondly, those launchers and any weapons that are displayed are rendered inoperable. My suggestion to the folks at the newspaper, including the reporter and the photographer is to get the sand out of your shorts and wad out of your panties and stop being a bunch of pansies.

Is this the same Cleveland where Ernie Anderson (and later The Ghoul) used to blow up toy models using M-80s home viewers MAILED to the tv studio?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6mPNK6vDBA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmWrcSf64f8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoiU6uOTkvc

30 posted on 06/16/2012 9:51:18 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The media ignored the 40th anniversary of Bill Ayers' Pentagon bombing but not Watergate. Ask Why.)
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To: Saije

Just wait till those little darlings grow up and find out that only the boys get to play with those weapons.


31 posted on 06/16/2012 10:00:05 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: cripplecreek

I hear his live shows are awesome. He’s touring now.


32 posted on 06/16/2012 10:00:57 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Saije

I’m pretty sure Mark Naymick squats to pee. What a little bitch.


33 posted on 06/16/2012 10:02:05 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: ExCTCitizen

The same stuff the men on this board complain about: women in the military. How interesting that a couple of children are applauded for handling weaponry, yet, if these girls ever enlist, you same guys will be screaming if they are allowed to use those weapons in combat. Kinda odd.


34 posted on 06/16/2012 10:04:19 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Saije

Another weenie journalist wanker moaning about something or other.

Why did the kids of The Greatest Generation turn into such juvenile, weak-kneed little sh*ts?


35 posted on 06/16/2012 11:00:27 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

And he knows his way around a guitar despite looking like a cross between Conway Twitty and Dracula.

Voodoo Chile

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdSgFABwtiw&feature=related

Bridge of Sighs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZwO7QsMJRs&feature=related


36 posted on 06/16/2012 2:12:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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