In 1964 a German schizophrenic took a homemade flamethrower to a local school, killed many people, some in person, and some from the resulting fires he set, and after killing others, swallowed insecticide, dying within 24 hours while in police custody.
In 1975 a Canadian student raped a clasmate and stabbed her to death before he went to school, started shooting, took hostages, and after killing others, and took his own life.
In 1988 a psychotic woman walked into a schoolyard in Winnetka, IL, the state with the strictest gun laws in the country, started shooting, took hostages, and after killing others, took her own life.
In 1999, a Danish university student went to school, started shooting, and after killing others, took his own life.
In 2008, an Israeli school bus driver walked into the school, started shooting, and after killing others, was killed by a student who was carrying his own gun before he could kill more.
This is not a new phenomenon. This is not an American thing. This is not deterred by gun laws. These aren't even the incidents with the highest death tolls, simply an assortment of different decades and countries.
Every murder is tragic. Every death, regardless of the cause, is tragic. But is tragedy reason enough to lose all perspective in life? Over the past few days we've seen people insisting we need everything from mandatory Christian prayer in schools (I guess the Amish schoolhouse that was shot up contained the world's only non-Christian Amish), to gestapo-like action against every citizen to ensure guns are removed from everyone. Those won't change a thing.
How exactly do people intend to legislate human nature out of humanity?
Answer by kmath at 1:23 PM on Dec. 16, 2012
Oh, stop with all of the facts. Can't you just be emotional for a while?
How exactly do people intend to legislate human nature out of humanity? I don't think it's possible, just like it's not possible to legislate morals and ethics.
Answer by QuinnMae at 1:24 PM on Dec. 16, 2012
Answer by Dardenella at 1:24 PM on Dec. 16, 2012
All I have to say is that IMO we should at least TRY to do something about things like this, but thank God we're not the ones who have to decide that because we would suck horribly at it lol.
Answer by Hollyhock. at 1:25 PM on Dec. 16, 2012
Answer by PMSMom10 at 1:27 PM on Dec. 16, 2012
Very poignant thoughts there NP. I guess whenever something this horrific happens, there is a knee jerk reaction to want to place blame & of course cry out for gun control. We all know that those who want to acquire a gun WILL find a way to get one. Those who are intent on committing such heinous crimes, WILL find another way to inflict their madness if guns are not available. I just have to SMH & avoid further coverage of this horrible tragedy to save my sanity & what bit of holiday spirit I can muster for my own family. :(
Answer by mrsmom110 at 1:28 PM on Dec. 16, 2012
Maybe we should curtail violence in movies and video games for the young ones....this kind of thing desensitizes people ...this society if full of violence that can be imitated by a sick mind.....
Answer by older at 1:30 PM on Dec. 16, 2012
Answer by luvmygrandbaby at 2:50 PM on Dec. 16, 2012
Answer by DSamuels at 3:07 PM on Dec. 16, 2012