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27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the rest-in-peace dept.

Education 2987

Several readers sent word of a shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. According to most reports, 27 people are dead, including 18 children. The alleged shooter is dead, a man in his 20s. He was armed with multiple weapons and may have worn a bulletproof vest. According to CBS, "It is unclear if there was more than one gunman at the school. Miller reports authorities have an individual in custody who investigators said may be a possible second shooter." (Investigators now say the person being questioned is not a suspect.) One student was quoted as saying, "I was in the gym and I heard a loud, like seven loud booms, and the gym teachers told us to go in the corner, so we all huddled. And I kept hearing these booming noises. And we all started crying." Another, 8 years old, said, "I saw some of the bullets going down the hall and then a teacher pulled me into her classroom."

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Lol (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289527)

Take that, republican fags!

Yay (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289533)

Another victory for the Second Amendment!! :P

Re:Yay (4, Insightful)

krovisser (1056294) | about a year ago | (#42289629)

But the 2nd doesn't apply... it's a "Gun Free Zone". Isn't this what you wanted?

Re:Yay (2, Insightful)

spiffmastercow (1001386) | about a year ago | (#42289713)

But the 2nd doesn't apply... it's a "Gun Free Zone". Isn't this what you wanted?

Yeah, if only those kindergartners were armed, right? FFS

Re:Yay (0)

ByOhTek (1181381) | about a year ago | (#42289849)

What, you don't like the idea of a bunch of kindergarteners with AK-47s running around?

I think the idea is more that the teachers or administrators should have had the option to be armed. Not saying that's a good idea, especially with how good kids can be at getting a hold of things they shouldn't, but if they were armed, do you think as many would have died in this incident?
And there's the counter question: how many more would die because of a child managing to get one of these firearms and deciding to take a little retribution on his/her friends who were mean recently, the bully, or that mean unfair teacher that gave him/her a bad grad or stopped him/her from picking on Bobby who obviously started it.

And yet... (1, Insightful)

benjfowler (239527) | about a year ago | (#42289539)

The gun lobby is untouchable in America.

Re:And yet... (0, Troll)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about a year ago | (#42289555)

The gun lobby is untouchable in America.

Well, it wasn't the gun and bullets that killed these kids... Oh, wait, yes, yes it was.

Re:And yet... (0, Troll)

Githaron (2462596) | about a year ago | (#42289685)

No. The gunman killed the kids. The gun and bullets were simply the tools used. Should all computers be banned because hackers use them to hack?

Re:And yet... (5, Insightful)

spiffmastercow (1001386) | about a year ago | (#42289763)

No. The gunman killed the kids. The gun and bullets were simply the tools used. Should all computers be banned because hackers use them to hack?

That depends, do computers serve a purpose other than hacking?

Re:And yet... (0)

Servaas (1050156) | about a year ago | (#42289807)

No. The gunman killed the kids. The gun and bullets were simply the tools used. Should all computers be banned because hackers use them to hack?

That depends, do computers serve a purpose other than hacking?

Someone mod this up!

Re:And yet... (3, Insightful)

Githaron (2462596) | about a year ago | (#42289869)

No. The gunman killed the kids. The gun and bullets were simply the tools used. Should all computers be banned because hackers use them to hack?

That depends, do computers serve a purpose other than hacking?

Yes they do and guns have more purposes other than killing innocents.

Re:And yet... (-1)

falcon5768 (629591) | about a year ago | (#42289805)

A computer is a tool to do work, a car a tool to drive, a gun to kill. THATS ITS ONLY PURPOSE to kill. Equating guns to anything other than a weapon to harm mame or kill people or animals is a corrupt argument. The fact is GUNS ARE ONLY MEANT TO KILL AND THATS THE ONLY PURPOSE FOR THEM.

Re:And yet... (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289899)

I only use my guns to shoot targets, an activity i enjoy thoroughly.

Re:And yet... (0)

fredrated (639554) | about a year ago | (#42289851)

No, bullets fired out of guns by the gunman killed the people.
Since we cannot control the gunman before the fact, the only way to stop this is to control either the guns, the bullets or both.

Re:And yet... (4, Insightful)

xtal (49134) | about a year ago | (#42289631)

The cure is worse than the disease.

Re:And yet... (3, Insightful)

MightyMartian (840721) | about a year ago | (#42289737)

Is it? Having 18 little fucking children gunned down by some fucking maniac, and you're going to sit here and say that making weapons harder for fucking lunatics to possess is somehow a disease that needs to be put up with.

Yes, I know. It's the absolute wrong time to talk about things like this, and it's not like gun control means fucking maniacs can't kill lots of kids (Norway comes to mind).

Still, there is a thing called unacceptable loss here.

Re:And yet... (5, Informative)

hazah (807503) | about a year ago | (#42289815)

Gun laws do nothing in making it harder for "fucking lunatics" to posess. There in lies the logical fallacy. It makes it for "fucking normal people" harder to posess, which is incidentily the root of the problem. It would have taken one normal individual to stop this idiot.

Would never happen to him (3, Insightful)

Overzeetop (214511) | about a year ago | (#42289837)

That's the problem with people - complete lack of empathy.

The GP believes that he would have been there with his own firearms and gunned down these people. Or if all of the teachers had concealed carry he would have been taken out immediately. Or that if every child had had a gun, he would have been stopped before he even got his firearm out.

Many a gun proponent has been turned by having a spouse or child killed. The rest just don't believe it can ever happen to them.

Re:And yet... (5, Insightful)

Dan667 (564390) | about a year ago | (#42289863)

I would rather see resources put into identifying and helping the lunatics. That is the elephant in the room.

Re:And yet... (4, Insightful)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | about a year ago | (#42289633)

what's the core problem, here? tools that kill people? we have so many of those. just outlaw anything that could hurt people? go all 'england' as an over-reaction?

the core problem is people are crazy and act out.

if all guns were gone tomorrow, loonies would still kill people.

guns are not the problem.

Re:And yet... (2, Insightful)

benjfowler (239527) | about a year ago | (#42289665)

Guns are very efficient at killing people. Knives, garden implements, poisons, etc, less so.

Re:And yet... (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289847)

The worst mass school murder in American history took place on May 18,1927 in Bath Township, Mich., when a former school board member set off three bombs that killed 45 people.

Re:And yet... (2, Insightful)

SCHecklerX (229973) | about a year ago | (#42289881)

So it allows someone who is not an assassin, a trained killer, or physically strong the ability to defend themselves. I'm ok with that. This is the purpose guns serve. I do believe, however, that anybody owning a firearm should also be required to know how to use it. Which is easier than knowing how to kill with an arrow, a knife, your hands, etc. Again, the point of guns is to level the playing field when it comes to defending one's self.

Re:And yet... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289687)

Why do you need something that kills people?

How many times have you been in a situation that a gun was the only solution?

How many people are prepared to shoot a gun?

Stop living a dream.

Re:And yet... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289725)

I would add to people raising the "gun provides power to the people to keep government on the line" ... good luck shooting a fighter jet with your Glock.

Re:And yet... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289773)

what's the core problem, here? tools that kill people? we have so many of those. just outlaw anything that could hurt people? go all 'england' as an over-reaction?

the core problem is people are crazy and act out.

if all guns were gone tomorrow, loonies would still kill people.

guns are not the problem.

Guns amplify the problem like no other tool in existence does.
So yeah easy access and possession of guns IS THE FUCKING PROBLEM.

Re:And yet... (4, Insightful)

MightyMartian (840721) | about a year ago | (#42289887)

That's not quite the case. While a maniac could do a helluva lot damage with a meat cleaver, guns, particularly semi-automatic and automatic weapons, allow for very large rampages. As well, one has at least some hope of survival standing up to someone with a knife. A guy packing an arsenal can pretty much kill most people who get in his way, unless they're packing as well, but in any kind of civilian setting, having two or more people firing at each other is going to lead to pretty substantial collateral damage.

Re:And yet... (0, Troll)

DJ Jones (997846) | about a year ago | (#42289747)

It's T-3 hours from a tragic killing of 18 kids and you're already throwing politics into this discussion? Please. If 18 kids were stabbed would you be talking about banning kitchen knives? No amount of written law is going to prevent psychopaths who want to kill innocent kids.

Your political trolling makes me sicker than this news story.

Re:And yet... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289749)

http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/14/world/asia/china-knife-attack/index.html

Re:And yet... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289757)

The gun lobby is untouchable in America.

It is our sacred, most holy duty to bear arms against the great satan that might rise up in Washington D.C.

After all, if my Colt 45 won't let me lead a revolution and defeat a phalanx of government tanks, what will? /sarcasm

Re:And yet... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289765)

There was also a mass stabbing today at a school in China. The problem isn't the weapon, but the person wielding it.

Want to prevent tragedies like this? Write your representatives and tell them to increase funding for mental health services.

Guns don't kill people, crazy people kill people.

Re:And yet... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289771)

#FuckTheNRA

Re:And yet... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289775)

the gun lobby will just propose to give gun to the kids for there own safety...

Re:And yet... (4, Insightful)

Just Some Guy (3352) | about a year ago | (#42289853)

Because some crazy fucker walking into a gym with a pipe bomb would be much better.

Maybe a better answer is that we need to treat our crazy people. It's not a matter of expense; either you pay money to treat mental illness, or you pay money to clean up after them. I'd rather spend on getting them help than in burying our children.

Re:And yet... (1)

WindBourne (631190) | about a year ago | (#42289895)

Not any more. This is not going to blow over.
It is a near certainty that if the republicans (actually the neo-cons within the republican party) fight against tightening the gun laws, then they will be out come the next election.

It is time. (5, Insightful)

pitchpipe (708843) | about a year ago | (#42289541)

It is time to amend the 2nd amendment.

Re:It is time. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289761)

...to allow anyone to carry guns anywhere.

And people should learn to be more respectful of others.

impossible (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289543)

The school is a gun-free campus, plus all visitors have to register at the office.

Blame LIBERALS. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289545)

LIBERALS are responsible for this. THEY are the ones who push for gun control so that good people cannot STOP insane shooters like this. This would have gone nowhere had everyone in that school had good access to deadly enough weapons to respond in kind to that shooter.

Re:Blame LIBERALS. (1)

krovisser (1056294) | about a year ago | (#42289657)

Arm the kids? Or how about, enforce the Gun Free Zones with armed guards, and a single point of entry. Otherwise, what's the point of GFZs?

Somebody's got to say it (4, Insightful)

Bruce Perens (3872) | about a year ago | (#42289547)

Our country makes it too easy for nutcases to have guns. I, for one, would give up the right to bear arms for everyone, and not miss it.

Re:Somebody's got to say it (4, Insightful)

timeOday (582209) | about a year ago | (#42289577)

I, for one, would give up the right to bear arms for everyone, and not miss it.

I would miss it some, but to me, it's not worth this.

.

But isn't it too late? There is no way to get from here to there.

Re:Somebody's got to say it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289841)

Banning them would be worse than the drug wars. The police would still need to have guns, so there would always be a supply. If the police didn't have guns, then the people with them could easily take down the police.

Re:Somebody's got to say it (3, Insightful)

Jesse_vd (821123) | about a year ago | (#42289593)

I don't think banning all guns is necessarily the answer- if somebody really wants to kill someone they'll find a way. Automatic weapons, though, have no good reason to exist and should ABSOLUTELY be banned. It's insane that they are legal in the US.

Re:Somebody's got to say it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289689)

Please tell me when the last time a legal automatic weapon was used in a shooting incident.

Re:Somebody's got to say it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289743)

"Automatic weapons" are defined as a weapon that will cycle the action while the trigger is depressed until the magazine is empty. If you mean "semi-automatic", where a single trigger pull discharges a single round, then cycles the action, ready for another trigger pull - why is that "so evil"? Handguns, sporting rifles, hunting rilfes, the "Evil Black Rifles" you're obviously alluding to - they all operate as SEMI-automatic weapons. Fully automatic weapons are VERY difficult to obtain in the US, and NONE of the shooters in the history of these shootings have used "automatic weapons" as you're implying.

My AR-15, my Ruger 9mm, and my Winchester 7mm are all semiautomatic weapons. The function of the weapon DOES NOT make it any 'better' or 'worse', merely a tool.

Re:Somebody's got to say it (4, Informative)

Koreantoast (527520) | about a year ago | (#42289785)

Automatic weapons are already rare and tightly controlled in the United States, and their "effectiveness" is questionable in these types of situations. No, you don't need anything fancy like that to create such a tragedy. A simple hunting rifle or handgun are all that one needs.

Re:Somebody's got to say it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289639)

So when the first person to crash into a mall with a car plows over 15+ people, will it be time to outlaw cars? The weapon matters not. Lack of reason and insanity are the villains here.

Re:Somebody's got to say it (4, Insightful)

Bruce Perens (3872) | about a year ago | (#42289691)

Don't look now, but the time when you can lawfully operate your car in manual control on an urban road is limited. Maybe 20 years.

Sure, you can kill someone with a broken bottle. Guns, however, make it just too easy.

Re:Somebody's got to say it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289817)

And I bemoan the lack of manual car control, as well.

"Too easy?" Well, with that argument, you can say that we should outlaw Corvettes. I mean, they make it TOO EASY to break the speed limit. Nobody needs 400+ horsepower, right?

Just because you CAN use a tool/weapon/car for a criminal purpose, doesn't mean the tool is flawed.

Re:Somebody's got to say it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289671)

Don't forget to include the police in that as well.

Re:Somebody's got to say it (5, Insightful)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | about a year ago | (#42289681)

our country makes it too easy to become a nutcase.

this is a social problem. blaming what tool you use to act out is not helpful.

what would be helpful is finding out why so many americans are stressed out and going crazy on the population. I think we should look at why our society is freaking out. the tool the crazies use is NOT the issue!

we have a culture of anger. that's a place to start looking for solutions.

Re:Somebody's got to say it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289709)

Our country makes it too easy for nutcases to have cars. I, for one, would give up the right to privately own a vehicle for everyone and not miss it.

nutcases (1)

KingAlanI (1270538) | about a year ago | (#42289779)

as much as I'd like to see stricter gun control, better mental health care would make it a bit of a moot point whether the nutcases have guns because then they wouldn't be nutcases.

Re:Somebody's got to say it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289781)

Fortunately, we live in a country where you can't give up my rights.

Re:Somebody's got to say it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289821)

We also make it too easy for hackers to get computers. Maybe we should restrict computer ownership or only let people have locked down devices like iPads. You can only use your real name and you have to let your device get inspected on demand.

Newtown Conn Prayers (1, Insightful)

lipanitech (2620815) | about a year ago | (#42289557)

My heart goes out to those people in Connecticut my thought and prays are with you. 18 children among 26 dead in Connecticut school shooting in Newtown Conn this gunman should be burned at the stake cause lethal injection is two good for him. These types of people are the problem in this world.

WTF (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289591)

You have to be the biggest fucking piece of shit to pull something like this. They should quit releasing these douchebags names as they are absolute nobodies.

There will be more of these in the US... (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289597)

... as the economy will continue to spiral down and crazy people get laid off and need to get their grudges out. The "fiscal cliff" is only the starter.
Weapon sales have been through the roof for a while now. The more, the merrier

I'm sure Fox News will try to spin this somehow

We should ban school shootings (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289617)

Clearly, if we made school shootings illegal, things like this wouldn't happen. Banning drugs and abortions makes them go away too.

Defend our children with more than signs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289621)

The signs aren't working and these kids, teachers, and parents deserved better.

Re:Defend our children with more than signs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289809)

Yes. Starting giving teachers guns and training in their use.

They have left God (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289623)

God left them.

Solution. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289625)

Give all kids guns. #gunsforkids

Tragic (1, Interesting)

MyLongNickName (822545) | about a year ago | (#42289635)

This just makes me incredibly angry and sad at the same time. The shooter was a PARENT of one of the kids at the school? Seriously? As an American, I have to wonder how we can be so screwed up that events like these are a regular occurrence.

It sounds like some adults put themselves in harms way to try to stop or slow down the shooter. They are heroes. To the bastard who did this, you'll rot in hell.

Re:Tragic (2)

dhermann (648219) | about a year ago | (#42289715)

No one has reported that the shooter was a parent. We have one report that the shooter was a 20-year-old male.

I am incredibly saddened (5, Insightful)

boylinux (775361) | about a year ago | (#42289653)

I cannot believe that someone could target children like that. My two daughters are the same age as the dead and I will have to hug and hold them for a long while tonight. My heart goes out to those parents.

This shouldn't involve political sides! (3, Insightful)

weszz (710261) | about a year ago | (#42289659)

Seriously? Mentally insane people go to a k-4th grade school and start killing people, and you post how it's related to a political party's stance on something?!?

Republican or Democrat no one wants to see this happen.

You say tighten gun control, did they get the guns legally in the first place? Should we be locking up anyone who might have a breakdown, or might be outright crazy?

It's a tragedy, and as the father of 2 that aren't even old enough for school yet I can't imagine what the families are going through, but pointing fingers doesn't help here.

Re:This shouldn't involve political sides! (2)

weszz (710261) | about a year ago | (#42289695)

I do assume they are insane, because what sane person does this?

Conservatives - start creating your excuses (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289673)

The Conservatives in this country are already formulating their excuses for this tragedy. They will again refuse to admit that allowing easy access to deadly weapons to anyone who wants one is extremely bad policy. How many innocent people have to be slaughtered so that these right wing nut jobs and jerk themselves off while chanting 'freedom uhh uhh freedom uhhh uhh'? We need to crack down on firearm ownership and do it NOW. I mean, you can't go out and buy hand grenades or bazookas at Walmart. Why is it OK to buy a pistol?

Re:Conservatives - start creating your excuses (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289803)

What about Columbine. The attackers had grand plans to blow up the school. Now how are you going to make it illegal to have the chemicals that are necessary to make pipe bombs?

When is it ok to discuss gun proliferation? (4, Insightful)

rsborg (111459) | about a year ago | (#42289675)

Apparently the White House [1], let alone the NRA, doesn't think it's time to discuss the culture that causes these kinds of shootings - a culture where guns are not only freely available, but generally untraceable and too often get into the hands of folks who should not have them (ie, mentally imbalanced, felons, and domestic terrorists).

If the unquestioning defense of the 2nd amendment means we can't even discuss why disturbed or evil individuals who shouldn't have access to these kind of armaments have the "right to bear arms", then we're fucked as a country.

Let's not even get into the fact that the NRA and gun-lobby have effectively made the process of tracing how these weapons get distributed to the wrong hands is never questioned and the illicit channels aren't closed.

Re:When is it ok to discuss gun proliferation? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289843)

unquestioning defense of the 2nd amendment

Didn't I hear that the constitution is 'just a piece of paper'?

Gun control != taking guns away (4, Insightful)

Nimey (114278) | about a year ago | (#42289705)

As someone posted elsewhere: "I don't want to take your guns away, but if the price of freedom is 18 dead elementary school kids 3 times a year, I don't want to be free. "Gun control" doesn't have to mean "take away guns". Stop arguing against that straw man."

Gun owners jumping right to slippery-slope arguments are not helpful.

Queue all the kneejerk anti gun comments (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289753)

Already started I see... This won't get to the root of the issue, which is that we have a serious mental health issue in this country. If you screen for this at an early age and catch the cases, you can treat these people and these kinds of things will start happening less often. Trying to take all the guns won't do a thing. It is too easy to make explosives and get your mass killing that way and explosives are usually deadlier. Take the guns, the nuts will use explosives instead. Better to get to the root of the problem and start screening those who have problems, getting them treatment and onto no weapon lists early.

The Real Problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289767)

The Real Problem isn't guns. Crazy Bastards will always be able to find a way to get a gun illegally, or use something else.

How about we make it easier for Crazy Bastards to get treatment for their Crazy Bastardness?

Let's do some statistical research (5, Interesting)

Nimey (114278) | about a year ago | (#42289769)

What is the correlation between mass shootings and the closing & defunding of mental health institutions?

History lesson (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289823)

This is an enormous tragedy, and prayers and help should be sent immediately to the families and victims. However, people need to stop jumping to conclusions about the cause of this tragedy, and stop the knee-jerk reaction calling for gun control. First, the gunman, like the one in Aurora, Colorado probably used semi-automatic weapons which are not the same as automatic weapons that are used by the military. Second, anyone crazy enough to kill numerous human beings, especially children, would find a way to do so if guns regulated like in England (hence a recent report states that gun violence is on the rise in England). For those that don’t know the story of the Bath School massacre, here it is from Wikipedia. The Bath School disaster is the name given to three bombings in Bath Township, Michigan, on May 18, 1927, which killed 38 elementary school children, two teachers, four other adults and the bomber himself; at least 58 people were injured. Most of the victims were children in the second to sixth grades (7–14 years of age) attending the Bath Consolidated School. Their deaths constitute the deadliest mass murder in a school in U.S. history and the fourth-deadliest massacre in U.S. history, behind the Oklahoma City bombing, the Mountain Meadows massacre and 9/11. The bomber was school board treasurer Andrew Kehoe, 55, who was enraged about a property tax levied to fund the construction of the school building. He blamed the additional tax for financial hardships which led to foreclosure proceedings against his farm. These events apparently provoked Kehoe to plan his attack. He died in a car bomb he set off after he drove up to the school as the crowd gathered to rescue survivors from the burning school. On the morning of May 18, Kehoe murdered his wife by beating her to death, then set his farm buildings afire. As fire fighters arrived at the farm, an explosion devastated the north wing of the school building, killing many schoolchildren. He used a detonator to ignite dynamite and hundreds of pounds of pyrotol which he had secretly planted inside the school over the course of many months. As rescuers started gathering at the school, Kehoe drove up, stopped, and detonated a bomb inside his shrapnel-filled vehicle with his Winchester rifle, killing himself and the school superintendent, and killing and injuring several others. During rescue efforts searchers discovered an additional 500 pounds (230 kg) of unexploded dynamite and pyrotol planted throughout the basement of the school's south wing. Kehoe apparently had intended to blow up and destroy the whole school.

rampage killers (5, Informative)

AxemRed (755470) | about a year ago | (#42289827)

It looks like the first few comments have already been about guns and the second amendment, so I want to throw this out there. There have been spree killings all over the world, even in countries with more restrictive gun laws than the USA. Most of these killings were done with firearms, but many were done with other weapons.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rampage_killers [wikipedia.org]

I think that rather than arguing about gun-rights in general, we would be better served by working to identify the kind of people that feel they need to resort to this type of violence and getting them the help they need before they snap.

Insanity, etc. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289829)

150 years ago, there was no running water, few government funded roads, no municipal sewage, and a ton of insane asylums. Why? Because insane people have been recognized as an issue for hundreds of years. There are almost half a dozen abandoned asylums scattered across Connecticut, which is a small-ass state, btw. But people aren't any saner, for the most part. We've just decided tax cuts and overseas wars are a better way to spend money, instead of treatment for the mentally ill and criminally insane.

Violent video games (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289831)

I for one blame the video games that are available these days. Things like Call of Duty, Battlefield 1942, Halo, etc encourage violent behavior and blur the distinction between real life and fantasy. We should hold these game companies responsible and sue them so hard that their children's children are still in so much debt they can never repay it. If I were a judge I would require the CEO of the software company to personally meet with the family of each and every child killed this morning to discuss today's violent video games, the realism, and the possibility that they have an effect on the behavior of some people that play them. There is blood on your hands assholes.

Guns for flu shots (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289889)

I'll happily give you pricks a flu shot for your $800-$2000 guns.
Dumb motherfuckers.

Hey next week we'll have handcuffs for cannabis patients. yeay, they can turn their guns in too

Now the only people with guns will be crazy psychopaths. YEay,,,,

Next week after that we'll do random DSM 5 + TSA testing...

stuff that matters ? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42289903)

how is this news for nerds ???

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