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To: Sacajaweau; pabianice
We carried little knives... We played war with real guns. The imaginary krauts that had a machine-gun nest in the old quarry hole provoked many a "mad minute". You can still find handfuls of .22 cases strewn about back there.

Nobody ever got hurt, and none of us would ever have imagined shooting each other or anyone else. I can't claim we were exactly responsible, but we all had a good idea of how dangerous our "toys" were and practiced as much safety as 14-year-olds are capable of mustering when there are no adults about.

33 posted on 12/17/2012 10:26:55 AM PST by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: jboot

Personally, I feel this was just an isolated incident of a divorced female living alone with a nutty kid — a kid she probably did not have time for, did not pay enough attention to, a kid she just didn’t have a clue as to how to handle, or how to get through to ....he was a freaky kid, alone, isolated, no Dad coming over to get him out of his room and away from his gaming. Just easier on the parents to “let him be,” or leave him to his own devices.

She then amassed these guns, but likely just was entirely careless about keeping them out of his hands. Period. Nothing else. She paid the price, but so did 20+ families.

I think a return to good old fashioned marriage and proper parenting would have COMPLETELY cured this ...but we don’t have that going on here. We had a dysfunctional home. We had an overburdened parent. On top of it all, we had a mentally deficient kid who got into their guns.

How are we to go into the homes of everyone in this country and root out this type of dysfunction to make our society whole and safe again? It’s IMPOSSIBLE. It’s NTOHING that we can likely EVER predict or control.


34 posted on 12/17/2012 10:40:29 AM PST by LibsRJerks
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