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NRA mouthpiece Wayne LaPierre quiet as Oregon high school shooter revealed to conceal AR-15 rifle
New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, June 11, 2014 | TODD WINSTON , NINA GOLGOWSKI , CORKY SIEMASZKO

Posted on 06/12/2014 5:48:12 PM PDT by nickcarraway

The teen fatally shot Emilio Hoffman, 14, and injuring a teacher before killing himself. Why he would go on a shooting spree using the same weapon as Sandy Hook mass murderer Adam Lanza is a mystery, cops said Wednesday. All the while, the NRA remains unusually quiet.

The killer carried the murder weapon in a guitar case and used it to score a tragic and all too familiar tune in yet another American school — but there’s been nary a peep from the National Rifle Association.

It’s like Wayne LaPierre, the NRA mouthpiece, has a sudden case of lockjaw.

Never mind that Jared Padgett, the 15-year-old Oregon high school student who killed a fellow freshman and wounded a teacher before offing himself, was armed with an AR-15 rifle.

Never mind that Adam Lanza used the same type of rifle in December 2012 to slaughter 20 first-graders and six staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Never mind that Padgett, like Lanza, got his rifle from “the family home.”

And never mind that like Lanza, Padgett was obsessed with guns and violence and TV shows like “Ultimate Weapons.”

LaPierre stayed silent even though this was the 74th school shooting in the U.S. since the Newtown massacre. Six students at the University of California at Santa Barbara — three shot and three stabbed — were slaughtered last month.

But the gun group tweeted out a link to a post in the right-wing National Review on Wednesday that appeared to sum up their arrogant stance.

It said, in essence, that what happened in Oregon won’t change its policy on gun control “despite all of the chatter from the White House and beyond.”

The NRA has not responded to repeated requests for comment from the Daily News. And contrary to form, it has largely remained silent since the Santa Barbara shootings just over two weeks ago.

While it was not known if the Padgett family belonged to the NRA, they were all hunters, classmate Mackenzie Arellano told the Daily News. “He loved guns,” said Arellano, 15. “He loved to go hunting with his parents. I always assumed he was just hunting animals. Not half of the student body.”

Padgett’s political bent also was in line with the NRA. His Facebook likes include groups like “Conservative American Military Veterans Against Barack Obama” and “We WILL NOT Be Disarmed.”

Also, on the same day as the Sandy Hook massacre, Padgett’s brother-in-law, Andrew Cooper, posted some snarky advice for Obama on Facebook. “SAVE LIVES; advise the states to employ at least 2 specially trained police officers to constantly patrol all school campuses from kindergarden through all colleges. Duh.”

Cooper could not have predicted that on Tuesday, his young brother-in-law would be trading shots with school resource officers Nick Thompson and Kyle Harris in the hallway of Reynolds High School.

Friends said Padgett gave no sign he was about to snap.

“When you hear about other school shootings, you think something’s wrong with them, mentally,” classmate Victoria Cox, 15, said. “I never noticed anything like that with him.”

There were other revelations about the killer:

- Padgett was from a military family and a platoon leader in the high school’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.

- His parents were divorced and he never got over it. “He said his mom left him, didn’t care about him,” said 16-year-old classmate Chava Hernandez.

- Padgett was a deacon at the Mormon church his dad attended.

- In addition to the assault rifle, Padgett was armed with a semiautomatic handgun and a large knife, neither of which he used, police said.

He also had nine magazines stuffed in a duffel bag holding dozens of rounds of ammo — enough to cause even more carnage.

- Padgett might have done just that had it not been for teacher Todd Rispler, who sounded the alarm despite being grazed in the hip. The teen was then chased by Harris and Thompson into a bathroom where he killed himself.

Students mourn Tuesday evening just days before high school graduation and summer vacation.Students mourn Tuesday evening just days before high school graduation and summer vacation.PreviousNextSupporters attend a candlelight vigil after a shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon June 10, 2014. A gunman walked into the school and fatally shot a student on Tuesday before authorities found him dead a short time later, a day before students were due to finish classes and break for summer vacation.

Members of the community attend a candlelight vigil Tuesday night after a shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Ore. Supporters attend a candlelight vigil after a shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon June 10, 2014. A gunman walked into the high school gym with a rifle and shot a student to death on Tuesday before he was found dead in a bathroom stall, in the third outbreak of gun violence to shake a U.S. high school or college campus in less than three weeks.

But the cops arrived too late to save Emilio Hoffman, 14, who was in the locker room when Padgett opened fire and killed him.

“We have not established any link between the shooter and the victim,” Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson said.

In a statement, Hoffman’s mother, Jennifer, said “anyone who has ever met Emilio laughed with him.” Hoffman will be remembered at a memorial that will take place during Thursday’s graduation ceremony. Adam Lanza used the Bushmaster version of the AR-15 in December 2012 to slaughter 20 children and six staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Todd Rispler, a teacher and coach at Reynolds High School, was injured in the shooting and treated at the scene.PreviousNextTodd Rispler Police officers stand on the sidewalk after a shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon June 10, 2014. A gunman walked into the Oregon high school with a rifle and shot a student to death on Tuesday before he was later found dead, in the third outbreak of gun violence to shake a U.S. high school or college campus in less than three weeks.

Rispler, who sparked the lightning quick lockdown of the school and its 2,800 students, was home recovering with his wife and two kids.

“They just stitched him up,” brother-in-law Jeff Nelson told The Oregonian. “I don’t think any bones were hit. It’s a blessing.”

Meanwhile, police revealed that a gun-toting man found near the high school after the shooting was 21-year-old Joseph Powell. He told cops he had raced to the school to protect his sister, who is a freshman. Powell was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.


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1 posted on 06/12/2014 5:48:12 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Git a chunder bucket.


2 posted on 06/12/2014 5:49:16 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: nickcarraway

Waiting for the media to demand that CAIR apologize for the slaughter of innocent people at the Afghan Airport and for 9/11..oh wait I forgot..not “All” Muslims are terrorists according to the media, yet all gun owners are bad because of the act of a few whackos


3 posted on 06/12/2014 5:50:22 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: nickcarraway

That 74th shooting nonsense has been debunked and the reason they all use the same weapon is because the media makes sure everyone gets a good look at it.


4 posted on 06/12/2014 5:51:27 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: nickcarraway
TODD WINSTON , NINA GOLGOWSKI , CORKY SIEMASZKO

The three doofi ...

5 posted on 06/12/2014 5:51:48 PM PDT by Ken522
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To: nickcarraway
NRA mouthpiece Wayne LaPierre quiet as Oregon high school shooter revealed to conceal AR-15 rifle

Translation: The MSM is ecstatic that an AR was finally used in a mass shooting again.

6 posted on 06/12/2014 5:52:56 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: nickcarraway

Again...a stupid article.

Padgett shot himself only after being confronted with guns.

LaPierre doesn’t have to speak out. He was proven right again. Bad guys with guns are stopped by good guys with guns.


7 posted on 06/12/2014 5:56:56 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: nickcarraway

Liberal Logic, where was the CEO of GM when a guy killed a Pedestrian in a Hit and Run Accident?


8 posted on 06/12/2014 5:58:26 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (THEY LIVE, and we're the only ones wearing the Sunglasses...)
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To: nickcarraway

And never mind that our communist indoctrination centers (govt schools) teach kids to hate God, hate their parents and that mass murder of innocent unborn children is perfectly ok.


9 posted on 06/12/2014 5:58:57 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: nickcarraway

Not mine, but I like it:

If guns kill people then;
Pencils misspell words
cars make people drive drunk
& spoons made Rosie O’Donnell fat!


10 posted on 06/12/2014 6:00:30 PM PDT by sasquatch
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To: xzins

Exactly. Why would LaPierre need to say anything?


11 posted on 06/12/2014 6:00:56 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Proudly posting before reading the whole article since 2001.)
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To: nickcarraway
LaPierre stayed silent even though this was the 74th school shooting in the U.S. since the Newtown massacre

That a provable lie.

12 posted on 06/12/2014 6:01:05 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Want to keep your doctor? Remove your Democrat Senator.)
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To: nickcarraway

It took three people to write this? When will they start writing about underlying causes of this apparent rash of teen violence rather than the tools used?


13 posted on 06/12/2014 6:02:08 PM PDT by conservonator (God between us and the devil!)
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To: nickcarraway

We don’t need facts, just play on the heartstrings.


14 posted on 06/12/2014 6:04:21 PM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party ...or else it's more of the same...)
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To: nickcarraway

“Cooper could not have predicted that on Tuesday, his young brother-in-law would be trading shots with school resource officers Nick Thompson and Kyle Harris in the hallway of Reynolds High School.”

After Sandy hook Lapierre suggested armed guards for schools to prevent mass shootings and the Daily News responded by putting his picture on the front page calling him the craziest man in America. Looks like LaPierre was right.


15 posted on 06/12/2014 6:05:47 PM PDT by Brooklyn Attitude (Things are only going to get worse.)
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To: nickcarraway

The common sense solution is to ban guitar cases.


16 posted on 06/12/2014 6:08:34 PM PDT by GingisK
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To: nickcarraway

This anti-2nd Amendment screed took THREE “journalists” to compose?

Pretty weak.


17 posted on 06/12/2014 6:10:20 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper (e)
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To: GingisK

+1


18 posted on 06/12/2014 6:11:39 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper (e)
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To: nickcarraway

It took three Nazi libs to write this garbage? No wonder employers don’t want to hire these jackasses anymore. They’re all retarded.


19 posted on 06/12/2014 6:15:22 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: nickcarraway

The liberal standard for conservatives is we must all be perfect in all ways at all times - or they can condemn us.

The liberal standard for themselves is that anything they do is acceptable or has an ‘excuse’ they’ll collectively ‘buy’.

I’m sooooooooo tired of these people.


20 posted on 06/12/2014 6:18:12 PM PDT by GOPJ (#2 reply spot RESERVED for Tokyo Rose comments: "nothing works - give up - it's all hopeless".)
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To: nickcarraway
Never mind that Padgett, like Lanza, got his rifle from “the family home.

German Jews prior to World War II turned in their weapons as demanded by Hitler the Fuhrer. These were the same loyal German citizens that fought and died for the Kaiser in World War I.

That worked out real well for those loyal German Jews. They died.

Firearms in the hands of citizens and not criminals will occasionally be used in a crime. Guns in the hands of an oppressive government will always be used in a crime against loyal citizens. The real question is do you trust your neighbor or do you trust a corrupt government that has no respect for The Constitution and actually wants to destroy The Constitution?

21 posted on 06/12/2014 6:18:33 PM PDT by cpdiii
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To: nickcarraway

I’m aghast no one noticed the frightening and eerily similar weapons were used to murder some 800 people last year and we have made almost no progress in preventing the use of hands and feet as tools to snuff another’s life.

Theses copycat weapons look amazingly like my own soft hands and running stumps....

Serenity Now!!!


22 posted on 06/12/2014 6:18:54 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: nickcarraway

Virtually all of these shootings have occurred in gun free zones.


23 posted on 06/12/2014 6:25:37 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: nickcarraway

The teen was then chased by Harris and Thompson into a bathroom where he killed himself.

School resource officers were there to confront the killer. Just like Wayne recommends.


24 posted on 06/12/2014 6:28:31 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
"Why would LaPierre need to say anything?"

Silence can often be the loudest statement of all. Yet in the last year the NRA seems to have toned downed it's " cold, dead fingers" rhetoric. Has Holder and/or the NSA gotten to Mr. LaPierre?

25 posted on 06/12/2014 6:29:21 PM PDT by buckalfa (Charter Member of the Group W Bench)
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To: xzins

‘zackly.


26 posted on 06/12/2014 6:33:15 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Yo-Yo

***The MSM is ecstatic that an AR was finally used in a mass shooting again. ***

Estatic? Harry Tracy did more damage with a 30-30 Winchester in 1902! He piled up dead lawmen like cordwood.

This shooter wannabe in Oregon only murdered one.


27 posted on 06/12/2014 6:34:32 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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To: nickcarraway

No place for comments on their web site.


28 posted on 06/12/2014 6:35:32 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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To: nickcarraway

That is it!
The final straw!
All military weapons must be melted down and cast into a giant statue of something.
Police, military and Obama and all his thousands of machine guns and billions of rounds of ammo, etc.
Turn them all in President Gun-Nut-In-Chief.
And all vehicle makes and models used in violent crimes to be banned and destroyed.
It is for the children!
And if Obama disarms himself and his minions, it will set a good example and garner positive world opinion.


29 posted on 06/12/2014 6:41:24 PM PDT by OldArmy52 (The question is not whether Obama ever lies, but whether he ever tells the truth.)
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To: nickcarraway
...Jared Padgett, the 15-year-old Oregon high school student who killed a fellow freshman and wounded a teacher before offing himself, was armed with an AR-15 rifle.

Never mind that up until relatively recently, AR-15s were lagal throughout the U.S.
Never mind that there are hundreds of thousands of legal AR-15s in the U.S.
Never mind that 99.9% of them are never used in crimes.

Should we outlaw Toyotas and Hondas because the figure in many gang shooting deaths?

How about Louisville Sluggers?

30 posted on 06/12/2014 6:41:50 PM PDT by publius911 ( Politicians come and go... but the (union) bureaucracy lives and grows forever.)
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Fascist screed.

Almost all school shooters were using
Psychotropic drugs (SSRI).

These mind altering drugs were prescribed by shrinks.

A study using Factor Analysis would demonstrate
and identify complex interrelationships among items


31 posted on 06/12/2014 6:53:45 PM PDT by Uriíel-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: nickcarraway

They’re really gonna come after us rifle owners now. Obama and Bloomberg perceive it’s their last shot, so to speak. I guarantee any nationwide confiscation effort WILL spark a civil war, and people WILL DIE, more than die now in their welfare hellholes and “gun-free” zones.


32 posted on 06/12/2014 7:00:19 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: nickcarraway

Since when does Wayne La Pierre have to comment on every gun crime that is committed?


33 posted on 06/12/2014 7:08:30 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: nickcarraway; goodnesswins; PROCON; Twotone; VeryFRank; Clinging Bitterly; Rio; aimhigh; ...

If you would like more information about what's happening in Oregon, please FReepmail me. I lost my Oregon list when my computer crashed recently, so please send me your name by FReepmail if you were on the previous list.

34 posted on 06/12/2014 7:14:59 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

how come these 3 hoplophobes don’t mention chiraq. more people are killed there every day and the libtards say nothing. 1 person is not a massacre, mass shooting, or a shooting spree.


35 posted on 06/12/2014 7:50:51 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
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To: publius911

As Actress Lee Grant said, the day after Reagan was shot, on GMA.
“The NRA is a rifle organization! They should give up their handguns and they can KEEP their rifles!”

Five years later the call to ban semi-auto rifles began.


36 posted on 06/12/2014 8:27:38 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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To: bravo whiskey

Several years ago a wacko in NYC left his apartment with an M-1 Garand. He fired ONE SHOT, killed one man and was arrested.

The New York Times had a large editorial calling for the ban on semi-auto rifles.


37 posted on 06/12/2014 8:30:14 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

They should have awarded the shooter both ears and the tail.


38 posted on 06/12/2014 8:36:13 PM PDT by Lisbon1940
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Pretty much everywhere is a gun free zone until one of these cshmups shows up...

What I wonder about is why there have not been too many instances where a law abiding citizen is there to make the attempt to stop that schmup from continuing the murder spree???

Of course these 3 keyboard commandos would bring up the fact that at least two people I have heard of who fit that bill have died in trying to stop attacks like this...

2005, Mark Alan Wilson (Tyler, Texas)

And recently the attacks on the Law Enforcement officers in Las Vegas...

These two citizens gave their lives, not willingly, but probably never expected for that to happen, but it is a risk some of us accept, but not to strive for...

The true cowards among us in this country (propagandist/journalists, liberal narrative supporters...) want everyday to have incidents where someone of lesser convictions decides to take as many people out as possible, and when confronted, take their own life when they cannot continue that murder spree...

Nothing seems to be able to penetrate this farce...

At least the small community of people who actually do understand the true meaning of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, do so with a high degree of conviction, attitude, and in some cases, a continued service to their home, neighborhood, community, state and country...

At the end of the day...Even through all of this nonsense that is fed to the ill-informed masses...

We will still have our guns...

that will never change...


39 posted on 06/13/2014 6:16:42 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (Will work for a new Kidney...)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

What passes for commentary on their website, if it were available, in my opinion, is a waste of time, and effort...

You are much better off letting them live in their little dream world...

We will be the shocking reality when someone decides to act upon their sensibilities...

At which point our side won’t be doing much commenting...


40 posted on 06/13/2014 6:25:53 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (Will work for a new Kidney...)
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To: stevie_d_64
What I wonder about is why there have not been too many instances where a law abiding citizen is there to make the attempt to stop that schmup from continuing the murder spree???

Because they're gun free zones. Guns are not allowed. The law-abiding abide by those rules.

That's why we have gun-free zones.

41 posted on 06/13/2014 10:53:29 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: TBP; All

Well, that goes unsaid...Where there is not a “gun free” zone setup...

That was the question...

Most know all the stats on overall defensive gun usage in the country, where defensive force was used and used successfully, or just the presentation of the firearm to an assailant, burglar, home-invader(s), convenience store, liquor store, etc etc etc...

Places obviously off limits, schools, colleges, political functions (I dunno why unbalanced people don’t take more advantage of that soft target, ‘cept the Giffords’ incident) etc etc etc

Before anyone gets their panties in a wad that I wrote that, be aware, that is not a call for violence or opportunity to incite violence against elected officials...I’m just surprised in today’s social environment, where passions are at an all time high on both sides of the political spectrum, why more politicians at any level are not being confronted with these imbalanced people...

Could it be that the mentally challenged folks that do manage to get their hands on firearms are really the extreme of the extreme, and cannot be intercepted (in time) before they do something horrible???

I see a pattern with most of these instances, but I am curious to know why people who are paid to do what we “game out” in these discussions, why they cannot have an effective safety net to throw out and catch these people before they are able to fulfill their derangements...

The problem obviously is larger than the gun free zones, accessibility to firearms, sales of firearms of all types and the ammunition to support those acquisitions...

Is their a purposeful ignoring of the mental health of some people in this country, because like your Right to Keep and Bear Arms, is an inalienable right; that if some people are mentally challenged, for whatever reason, do they have a right to be that way and a right to not be treated, evaluated, monitored because of the potential of their imbalances???

I kinda know what the answer to that is, but since the trend of mental health is somewhat tied to the gun ownership and usage issue...

Why not steer the question away from the gun free zones, restrictions of gun/ammo types, age, criminal history, etc etc etc, and wonder why this particular aspect of shooting incidents in not resolved to some extent...

Maybe because it is not as politically sexy to discuss or debate the merits of the tie of some mass, or smaller shooting incidents to the mental health of the shooter...It may make for good play on the news...But they are more focused on the guns themselves, who was shot and killed, and all the candle light vigils after these sad events...Makes for better TV, than a bunch of suits talking about the root cause of “some” of these incidents...

Just my expanded take on it...


42 posted on 06/14/2014 6:20:12 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (Will work for a new Kidney...)
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To: All

One more thing, (like Columbo used to say before cracking a case)...

If you have a right to be mentally challenged and unstable in this country (which I believe you do), does that make it right for the government, at any level, a caretaker for your life???

Restrict/regulate your activities, force those of us who are not impaired to pay for that treatment trough their revenue generating mechanisms??? Think why doesn’t the government do what they do in other aspects of our lives, and force those of us who are not effected, to pay for others’ instabilities???

I believe we are paying for it already, when at any moment, YOU could (very well) be caught up in the next shooting incident??? Almost anywhere you go these days...


43 posted on 06/14/2014 6:32:52 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (Will work for a new Kidney...)
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