Sad, but senseless?

Tragedies such as Kansas City shooting have answers, if you search

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Whenever a manmade tragedy shocks our senses, such as the tragic murder-suicide involving a professional football player over the weekend, it’s invariably labeled “senseless.”

“There are no answers. None that make sense, anyway,” one writer in Kansas City posed.

We understand the sentiment. It’s actually comforting, in a way.

But it’s not necessarily so.

Out of respect for those involved and the infant nature of the investigation, we won’t address the particular case of Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher, 25, who shot his 22-year-old girlfriend Saturday and left their 3-month-old daughter orphaned when he turned the gun on himself.

But the harsh fact is, there are many toxic ingredients that can coalesce to create such tragedies.

Ego. Selfishness. Substance abuse, now available by prescription. Macho bravado. A culture of resorting to violence at the drop of a hat. A view that women are to be controlled. Jumping headlong into tenuous relationships. Bringing babies into them. A culture that worships at the altar of Gratification. Too much too soon in lives too-little grounded by upbringing and guided by the long-term view of spirituality.

We snicker at old-fashioned concepts such as courtship and marriage, and we turn a blind eye to the collateral damage of fashionable lifestyles – the well-documented increased likelihood of crime, poverty, illiteracy and more. We consider it oppressive, or at least quaint, to expect any manner of discipline in our young.

Just do it, several generations have been told now.

Meanwhile, while we may learn about the ego in school, it remains an intellectual ambiguity for the psychology books. We’re never quite told how controlling and dangerous and destructive the ego can be.

And in a society in which so many father figures are nowhere to be found, notions of manhood are perilously perverted, passed down by 18-year-olds who, themselves, learned the rites of passage on the street.

As for self-gratification in the age of “The Customer is Always Right,” it has nearly become a constitutional right – so much so that failure to provide young women with free contraceptives in order to enjoy indiscriminate intercourse was, this election year, deemed to be a “war on women.”

We don’t know what played into the tragedy in Kansas City. In football these days, for instance, head injuries are always on the list of suspects. That’s for the authorities to sort out.

But don’t tell us such things have no answers, no explanations, no contributing factors. Nothing happens in a vacuum. There are plenty of ills in society that can create a poisonous confluence.

Of course, the knee-jerk reaction among some, such as sportscaster Bob Costas, is that a handgun caused the tragedy. In the same way, one supposes, that an SUV causes a car wreck.

It’s so easy to blame an inanimate object. So much easier than explaining how taking the object out of a law-abiding person’s hands will protect anyone from a thug who is already predisposed to breaking the law.

And it’s much easier than taking a good, hard look at the feel-good faddism that has become verboten to question in public.

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Techfan
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Techfan 12/04/12 - 05:34 am
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Translation:

Sex bad.
Contraceptives bad.
Guns good.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 12/04/12 - 06:18 am
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Tech Fan!!! HAHAHAHA!!!

I can't even comment now because yours has me laughing too hard!

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/04/12 - 07:21 am
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Expecting the government to
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Expecting the government to pay for your contraceptives.. bad.
Expecting the government to pay for your guns.. bad.

Not knowing the difference between rights and entitlements...........demonstrated.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/04/12 - 07:30 am
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hmmmmmm....scanning the
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hmmmmmm....scanning the Constitution.....I see guns......still can't find sex or contraceptives......little help please.

grouse
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grouse 12/04/12 - 08:35 am
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Funny, neither were killed by
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Funny, neither were killed by a rock. The people in the movie theatre were not killed by rocks, the students at Columbine were not killed by rocks. There is a common denominator here and it's rather deadly to be blind to the facts...

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Riverman1 12/04/12 - 09:07 am
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Bob Costas

Bob Costas should be severely reprimanded for suggesting our constitutional right should be compromised. This 5'7" guy who never played a game in his life was simply trying to fit into the NBC theme their announcers wield on news shows. Liberalism. I wonder how many pro athletes he deals with agree with his remarks on guns? Few, I'll bet.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/04/12 - 08:59 am
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Grouse.....should we ban
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Grouse.....should we ban cars? They killed FAR more people than guns, therefore a car is deadlier. Let's not be blind to ALL the facts.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/04/12 - 10:16 am
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Funny

Yeh techfan can be funny on here..I'm lol too..

playlikethunder
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playlikethunder 12/04/12 - 11:07 am
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Apples and oranges
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Humble Angela, your remarks equating deaths by cars and guns are ridiculous,it's NOT the same.I have yet to pick up a paper and read"Bank robbery turns deadly-man kills three with a Toyota Corolla".If grown, thinking people do not realize that there are way too many dangerous people out there with the potential to kill you over nothing in their pocket ,nothing I say here will matter.The automobile comparison is bogus.
Do you like this better...does this version give you sensitive types a more warm fuzzy feeling??

grouse
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grouse 12/04/12 - 11:20 am
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Cars are not designed to kill
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Cars are not designed to kill animals or people. Cars are mandated by the government to have safety devices. The cars today are safer than the ones when I was a child. Any safety regulation for guns is fought tooth and nail by the firearm lobbies...

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/04/12 - 11:21 am
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Dynamite wasn't designed to
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Dynamite wasn't designed to kill people....yet it still can.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/04/12 - 11:27 am
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"Any safety regulation for
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"Any safety regulation for guns is fought tooth and nail by the firearm lobbies."

And auto manufacturers always embrace all of the government mandates. Right.

grouse
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grouse 12/04/12 - 11:31 am
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It's difficult for the
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It's difficult for the average person to get their hands on dynamite. It's obviously not so hard to load up with a number of guns, ammo, and shoot up a school, a movie theatre. While I suppose you could run a car into a crowd, if you're intent on killing a lot of people at once, a large magazine is the way to go. Why we want to make it easy for such crimes to be carried out, I'll never know. I'm not against gun ownership, but even the Constitution calls for a "well-regulated militia".

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/04/12 - 11:34 am
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It's not hard to get in a car
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It's not hard to get in a car and run someone down either. If you want to kill large numbers of people at once....you buy a big truck with a strong bumper. There's not even a background check to buy a truck. Why we want to make it easy for such crimes to be carried out, I'll never now.....where's the outrage?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/04/12 - 11:41 am
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A mobile populace, being
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A mobile populace, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear cars, shall not be infringed.

Can't seem to find that one.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/04/12 - 11:47 am
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"Police reportedly found

"Police reportedly found Belcher asleep in his Bentley at 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning, near the Power and Light District where he had been partying the night before. They determined he was fit to drive and sent him home. Yelling between Perkins and him began shortly after he arrived home, around 8:00 a.m. His mother heard Belcher yell something like "You can't talk to me like that!" and then gunshots."

Just another "culture" killing by a man who had everything but who's tiny ego could not stand that his woman, the mother of his child, was "disrespecting" him after he had been out with another woman all night. The gun had nothing to do with it other than being a misused tool. In another "culture" killing on Monday another man who couldn't stand being "disrespected" shoved a man into the path of a subway train in New York after they had argued. No gun involved but Mr. Han is just as dead.

I will give Belcher one tiny bit of respect. At least he had the common courtesy to blow his brains out after murdering the mother of his child.

IF the excuse makers manage to infer Belcher's actions were due to "brain injury" in an effort to protect his reputation, then what needs to be banned is FOOTBALL......not guns.

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nofanofobama 12/04/12 - 12:21 pm
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you on the left can laugh,

you on the left can laugh, belittle or whatever...killings is old as mankind..a gun is a tool that has to be operated just like any other tool say a knife club etc...its so simple and mindless to blame a tool***its the moral decay that is sweeping our country that is the root cause.that includes abortion for convience, single parent homes with no parental love or direction, lawmakers not obeying laws that they are sworn to uphold....no role models ,the press odolizes the corrupt ..the list goes on...look at this shooting in KC the majority of the press is about the killer and why...the gun..very little is said about the victum or the infant left motherless...he was a thug ..he was responsible for the killings...and it was not the gun but the thug who shoot her 9 times...lets teach right and wrong again lets value life..you keep blaming the gun and we will never get anywhere..lets have a honest and frank discussion on society and how to improve the morals without the usual name calling

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Humble Angela 12/04/12 - 12:23 pm
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I just love getting thumbs
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I just love getting thumbs down for proving my point with actual facts. Sort of lets you know what kind of people you are debating with. :-)

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playlikethunder 12/04/12 - 01:59 pm
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@ NOTSO HUMBLE
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AS I FIGURED ,ONE OF YOUR EXAMPLES WAS THOUGHT TO BE INTENTIONAL, COMPARE THAT TO THE THOUSANDS OF INCIDENTS NATIONWIDE INVOLVING GUNS THAT ARE PREMEDITATED- ROBBERIES,DOMESTIC VIOLENCE,HOME INVASIONS AND OUT AND OUT DEADLY ASSAULTS,EVEN MURDER.IT DOES NOT HAPPEN AS OFTEN AS YOU THINK, AND IT IS STILL NOT AN EQUAL COMPARISON. WHEN YOU READ THAT A THIRTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL CARRIES A GUN TO SCHOOL AND SHOOTS A CLASSMATE.THIS INSTANTLY PROVES TWO FACTS...THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO,DESPITE BEING ABLE TO POSSIBLY PASS A BACKGROUND CHECK, DO NOT POSESS THE SMARTS OR THE DISCIPLINE TO OWN A FIREARM, AND THAT WE ARE WAY PASSED THE POINT WHERE SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE ABOUT THE ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF FIREARMS. I'D BET THE PENALTY AND THE PROSECUTORIAL REACTION TO A KILO OF COCAINE WOULD BE STIFFER THAN POSSESION OF AN UNREGISTERED WEAPON...GO FIGURE.
IF YOU EVER GET MUGGED BY A CHEVY....BE SURE TO GET THE TAG NUMBER.

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InChristLove 12/04/12 - 02:28 pm
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Umm Playlikethunder, I do

Umm Playlikethunder, I do believe the poster's name is Humble Angela. Wouldn't want it to appear that you are personally attacking someone instead of debating the issue, and the caps lock must be stuck on your keyboard......it's not nice to yell.

This was a grown man who had every right to have a legal firearm. Nothing could have prevented him from killing his girlfriend except to take away his freedom to own a firearm. Even then, he could have obtained an illegal one and done the same, or used a different form of weapon.

Banning guns or making restrictions more intrusive will not prevent these deaths.

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Humble Angela 12/04/12 - 02:29 pm
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ICL....I'm used to the
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ICL....I'm used to the personal attacks. It happens when you use logic and facts to dispute someone's argument.

"WHEN YOU READ THAT A THIRTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL CARRIES A GUN TO SCHOOL AND SHOOTS A CLASSMATE.THIS INSTANTLY PROVES TWO FACTS"

Would you want to ban knives if the girl had stabbed a classmate?

As for the penalty for "unregistered weapons" I have SEVERAL unregistered weapons, none of which are required to be registered....so what's your point?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/04/12 - 02:31 pm
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Stating facts makes someone
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Stating facts and differing opinions makes someone "not so humble" I suppose. Gotta love the left.

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Humble Angela 12/04/12 - 02:37 pm
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"IF YOU EVER GET MUGGED BY A
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"IF YOU EVER GET MUGGED BY A CHEVY....BE SURE TO GET THE TAG NUMBER."

If you ever get mugged by a gun, be sure and get the serial number.

Same logic. It looks as if Thunder is agreeing that inanimate objects don't commit crimes....at least we agree on that.

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longleafpine 12/04/12 - 02:36 pm
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Guns

Guns don't jump out of pockets or holsters and shoot people dead. People pull the guns out of pockets or holsters, aim them at people, and shoot people dead.

Thunder, it isn't necessary to SHOUT.

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PUPPYMOMMA 12/04/12 - 03:25 pm
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I'm sure Bob Costas doesn't

I'm sure Bob Costas doesn't want his security detail to carry a sock with a bar of soap in it.
As for the reference to 'free' birth control so that women may have "indiscriminate intercourse" -Seriously? That makes it sound like women are out there throwing it to the wind to every Tom, Dick, and Harry.

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oneofthesane 12/04/12 - 04:44 pm
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There is a common denominator here and......
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I will never understand how people can think that anything non living aka inanimate can kill anything. Outlawing guns would just take them out of the hands of honest law abiding citizens who want to have them. You know, the ones that we dont have to worry about.

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