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A choice

January 6, 2013

The Newtown massacre again confronts us with a choice between good and evil....

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Jan-06-13 8:39 AM

The first response is to promote a solid family unit with a father and mother that nurture and care for the children. They need to spend a lot of time with the children, develop relationships and teach them.

Excess work, excess sports, adultery, p or n, excess television viewing, excess computer usage, going to the bar, smoking dope, etc, etc, get in the way of spending time with the children. There needs to be a good balance in priorities.

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Jan-06-13 8:59 AM

We should never force teachers to arm themselves. Considering allowing those who choose to carry and complete some mandatory training and annual weapons qualification should be considered as a way of protecting our students. You are correct that much of this problems stems from the destruction of the American family. Single parenting and the lack of discipline in children growing up can account for much of socities ills. I'm not talking about physical abuse of children. I'm talking about the severe lack of actual parenting and the number of parents who refuse to set rules and enforce standards and punishment. All too often I have witnessed parents tell a child to stop doing something and when the child continues to do so, all that happens is the parent continues to tell them to stop. The child obviously knows that is all the parent will do and continue. It is time for parents to take responsibility for their children and act like parents, not BFFs.

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Jan-06-13 9:27 AM

A mother and a father, well that leaves out single parents whether by choice or abandonment or death of spouse. It also leaves out committed gay couples who have children. It leaves out extended fsamily members as being contributors.

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Jan-06-13 9:30 AM

Actually you are forcing at least one of them to step into that role of protector with a gun.

This a surprisingly good letter from Mr. Weiss.

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Jan-06-13 11:29 AM

Excellent letter! The Newtown tragedy was definately earmarked with dedicated, responsible educators, who were willing to give all for their helpless students. Why others who feel helpless, powerless and not heard choose to spend the last minutes of their lives to gain all of these things is beyond comprehension. Our educators should not be held accountable for the parent's role in society. They have the time to observe certain bell ringing behaviors, but so do and should parents. Ultimately, this 20 year old boy paid the price for his wrong choice and unfortunately so did 26 innocent people. What should we have learned and why will we never learn? Reading history and psychology books are good, however, knowledge isn't necessarily power. I think the more intelligent one becomes using nonverbal communication skills, the less likely they are to accurately assess what they are observing. Someone was asked the other day to define normal, no response.

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Jan-06-13 3:04 PM live in a utopia...sir.

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Jan-06-13 3:06 PM

"It also leaves out committed gay couples who have children."

Uhmmmm...maybe I'm dumb...but how do gay couples have children?

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Jan-06-13 4:47 PM

RMiller??? you never heard of adoption or surrogate ?? geeze... even I had to answer up on that one

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Jan-06-13 4:51 PM

Former....missed my point entirely.

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Jan-06-13 6:56 PM

@Laughin-I really don't see how stopping a bullet with my body will protect the next victim. That's what the teacher did as I understand it. My question is, " what is the best, safest way to stop a deranged individual with an illegaly aquired firearm from shooting you?" I could only find answers on Fox News and the NRA.

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Jan-06-13 9:21 PM

JohnZook, NO amount of gun control will ever stop a determined individual from killing their target. I do not watch any news, it just reinforces all of the corruption and gives lip service to the 'not so normal' people in the world. One particular female teacher gave ALL for her students, which BTW isn't any different than our service members. I legally own my own weapon's and would have no problem defending myself and family if a situation presented itself as kill or be killed. Our educators are employed to teach, not be social workers for the State or 'neglectful' parent. Like I have stated in the past, gun free zones are the most penetrated vehicles for desperate choices because people will listen through their emmotions. History will repeat itself again, regardless of choice of weaponry.

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Jan-06-13 9:59 PM

Wait a a perfect world gun free zones would mean zero guns and who is responsible for enforcing that anyways? The problem is that when a teacher heads off to school each day they always assume some type of risk (auto accident,drunk drivers, tripping and breaking their necks,being in the wrong place at the wrong time, etc), but did they sign up for war within a school and should they? The soldier is well trained for battle, where as, the educator usually is not. I suppose schools should be like jails, one door to enter and exit, bar the windows, take out the glass, gates with barbed wire, where does it end?Then there is always the possiblity of the terror within and who is trained to deal with that?

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Jan-06-13 10:26 PM

Luey, administrators are responsible for their buildings and districts. Should they be trained to deal with unforeseen circumstances such as the Newtown tragedy, I would think that would be a good start. Anyways, life is a gamble and as long as there are humans there will be death. Some prepare and some just go with the flow thinking someone else will take care of it. It is your choice to be prepared or be the deer in the headlights.

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Jan-07-13 3:45 PM

To many choices....chicken, liver, fish (@,@)

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Jan-07-13 4:37 PM

BTW LaughIn, the reason why people cannot define normal is because they are to busy defining, pointing out and labeling what abnormal is......LOL

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