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The current obsession with gun-law additions completely overlooks the root cause of the increase in mass shootings in public venues occurring over recent decades.

Nothing even approaching this level of violent behavior was prevalent in this country as recently as 50 to 60 years ago, during the time I was receiving my formal education. As a concerned citizen, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, I must ask myself why. What has happened to our society, collectively, over those years to produce such an abundance of anthropophobia?

It most certainly is not increased access or tolerance to firearms. Assault weapons such as those being sold today were not as available, but semi-automatic handguns surely were. When I was in high school it was common to see pickup trucks in the school parking lot with rifles in rear window racks. Weapons could be purchased from mail-order catalogs and shipped to one’s home. Background checks were nonexistent, but so were school and movie theater shootings.

Is it possible to identify a common thread in these atrocities? Can’t it be said that all are perpetrated by mentally-disturbed anthropophobes (with the exception of the Muslim radicals, who simply hate infidels)? Mentally disturbed individuals have been among us since time immemorial, but not so many of this anthropophobic sort.

Having neither psychiatric training nor a deeply held religious affiliation, I will preface this by stating that my qualifications to say what I am about to may be questionable. However, I firmly believe what we are witnessing here is the phenomenon of failure of our “progressive” educational system, wherein we have abandoned the teachings of religion, family and moral values, individual initiative and responsibility, as well as the value of competition.

Human nature is to be competitive, and we are systematically suppressing this attribute in favor of a forced view of common equality. We are led to believe that one should never have to lose; life is always fair, or should be; and when we often find life is not fair, we are abjectly unprepared for this eventuality. Another equally contributive factor is the user-friendly violence made available in video games and the current output of Hollywood drivel.

Perhaps it is worthwhile to bolster some restrictions on guns, such as an assault weapons ban, but going much further than that would threaten our constitutional foundations and only create further divisions within our already-fractured political system.

Alternatively, why don’t we begin to look introspectively at our own societal decline and do our best to identify those concepts we are teaching our young people that only serve to promote such aberrant behavior?

Terrence Bedell

Appling

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ymnbde
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ymnbde 02/04/13 - 07:08 am
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wonderful letter

Also contributing was each of the shooters' right to "privacy"... especially the Virginia Tech shooter... school choice is the only solution. The federal government has simply failed on education, and the people in charge of education seem incapable of fixing it. Rich people have school choice, and poor people are stuck in their failing schools.
Why doesn't that bother liberals?

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soapy_725 02/04/13 - 08:55 am
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Hillary, next POTUS said it all.
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What does it matter? To Hillary and the other Marxist true believers it does not matter. The only thing that matters to Hillary is constant revolution or revision. Constant flux, confusion, chaos and anarchy. Whatever the existing system may be, tear it down.

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Jane18 02/04/13 - 09:48 am
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Most Violent and Most Ignorant Generation..

Very straight and to the heart of the matter! Too bad there will be some that do not agree with Mr. Bedell's letter. And to answer ymnbde's question: the only thing that bothers liberals, are truth-telling-conservatives(everything now, is just the way they want it)!!

JRC2024
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JRC2024 02/04/13 - 10:12 am
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Amen Mr. Bedell. Tell that to

Amen Mr. Bedell. Tell that to a liberal and they will rebuff you. The truth hurts them.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 02/04/13 - 10:20 am
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And what is wrong with rich

And what is wrong with rich people going to a private school. They are still paying school taxes and the private school fees. They want something different for their children away frome the public school enviroment.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 02/04/13 - 10:22 am
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The left is not interested in

The left is not interested in the true cause. This is their "got fat people, ban sodas" issue. They don't care that it will not make a dent in the problem. They hate gun owners. They hate people who hold up the Constitution and interpret it literally. Too bad the Constitution did not address what we eat and drink and how much the government could seize from our incomes. And I sure wish our founders had put more detail in that "provide for the common good" thingy. But at least the "shall not be infringed" part is very clear and is worth fighting for.

grouse
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grouse 02/04/13 - 11:36 am
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Taking at face value that
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Taking at face value that what the writer says is true, that it's a decline in civil behavior, etc., then why would one what to put more accurate, high-powered arms that hold many rounds of ammunition in the hands of such people?

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/04/13 - 01:49 pm
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It's a great letter Mr.

It's a great letter Mr. Bedell.

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Chigger Hill Man 02/04/13 - 02:05 pm
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Mr. Bedell's letter

Was well thought out,well presented and extremely accurate. But, as someone said earlier, show it to a liberal and they will rebuff you. Our liberal government people aren't stupid. Anybody over ten years old realizes you can't keep spending more money than you take in. They do it because they want to and they want to run this country in the ground.

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longleafpine 02/04/13 - 02:57 pm
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Education

Unfortunately, we have a Georgian to thank for the lackluster Dept. of Ed. That was Jimmy Carter's contribution to our bloated government. Our education system started downhill at that time.

longleafpine
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longleafpine 02/04/13 - 03:03 pm
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Forgot something

There are some schools in this country teaching that the Boston Tea Party was a terrorist act. We have a bunch of liberals in our colleges teadhing our teachers and this sort of thing is the result.

burninater
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burninater 02/04/13 - 03:26 pm
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Longleaf -- If armed and

Longleaf -- If armed and masked PETA activists raided a commercial vessel at one of our nation's ports next week to destroy private cargo, how do you think that attack would be characterized?

God forbid people be taught to examine all sides of an issue.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/04/13 - 03:28 pm
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Given that half the country

Given that half the country is in search of a ruling king, that makes perfect liberal sense.

specsta
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specsta 02/04/13 - 03:35 pm
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The True Origins of Violence in America

Let's continue the blame game, shall we? Instead of understanding that America is a violent society, rooted in a culture of acceptable violence that spans from its initial founding, some folks would rather continue to kick the can down the road.

It's easy to blame the schools, blame crumbling morals, blame the lack of Bibles sitting on a pedestal in every classroom, blame the liberals, blame the government, blame everybody else - EXCEPT the true blame lies in our very own American culture. This country was founded on violence, genocide, slavery, and wars. To keep painting some Norman Rockwell image of the little country house with the pick-up truck and Mommy and Daddy hugging as they lovingly look out over the porch to see the children playing outside is an altered perception.

How about a reality check - let's consider the genocide of the Native American, the enslavement of the African, the enactment of Jim Crow, the endless wars in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, the herding of Japanese-Americans into internment camps, the blight of crumbling urban housing and the lack of opportunity for many poor and disabled individuals. Add in hungry children going to bed at night and the dismantling of social safety nets - and realize that ALL of these things are VIOLENCE in America.

Let's lay the blame at our own feet.

allhans
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allhans 02/04/13 - 03:56 pm
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Jesse Jackson is begging

Jesse Jackson is begging Obama to come home to Chicago and help them with the culture of violence there that is out of control..

burninater
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burninater 02/04/13 - 04:06 pm
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Given that half the country

Given that half the country is in search of a ruling king, that makes perfect liberal sense.
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I won't make the generalization that baseless fabrications like that make perfect conservative sense, as I know there are abundant Conservatives that cringe when they are represented by statements like that.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/04/13 - 04:25 pm
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Cringe away, burn. By the

Cringe away, burn. By the way, how did you get your citizenship?

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/04/13 - 04:27 pm
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And my evidence for my

And my evidence for my statement is the behavior, actions and unlawfulness of the one they elected as the "Let them eat cake..." Commander in Chief.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/04/13 - 04:28 pm
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allhans, Obama will never do

allhans, Obama will never do it, though I wish he would.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/04/13 - 04:46 pm
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And burn, not once, but

And burn, not once, but twice!! Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on ME!

burninater
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burninater 02/04/13 - 05:11 pm
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Cringe away, burn. By the

Cringe away, burn. By the way, how did you get your citizenship?
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Birth. And if, after achieving the serendipity of being born in one of the greatest countries on the planet, I then went on to say that the serendipity of amnesty cheapened citizenship, I'd be ashamed of myself.

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rmwhitley 02/04/13 - 05:17 pm
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Thirteen year old moms,
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no "father" present, thugs raised by grandmothers, guns sold on da hood. welfare moms: the start of ghetto brain surgeons, engineers and productive human beings. Ain't obama wonderful?

ymnbde
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ymnbde 02/04/13 - 05:22 pm
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specsta

which came first, the human or the American? Your post seems to assume the American...

allhans
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allhans 02/04/13 - 05:29 pm
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My ancestors came to this

My ancestors migrated to this country from England in 1571...Just think, if they hadn't I would doubtless be living happily in England. Wouldn't it be interesting to know where we all would be if not here in the US.

allhans
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allhans 02/04/13 - 05:34 pm
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spectra didn't mention the

spectra didn't mention the POOR whites that were left with no way to make a living when the rich men of this country (and other countries) bought starving people off of a slave ship and took away their only means of livelihood. Sad days indeed..

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myfather15 02/04/13 - 06:09 pm
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@specsta

I'll ask a few question of you, that you've failed to answer many times that I've ask them.

1) Can you name a single Country without a history of behavior, that is today considered deplorable?

2) Who EXACTLY was it that brought the AFRICAN Americans into this Country to sell them? Also, which Countries supported this, kidnapping their own citizens and bringing them here, selling them into slavery? MANY of these Countries, still today don't consider their citizens to be free!!

3) When speaking of all these evils this Country has committed, are you including all those "Old white guys" who risked their careers, families and their very lives to free the black people? If I'm not mistaken, there wasn't a single black representative in 1864 and 1865 when the 13th Amendment was passed in the Senate and House.

4) Would you at least give credit to THOSE individuals as trying to make this Country a better place?

5) Why is it, you are always so quick to demean America, using her history, yet never speaking of the atrocities which are present in EVERY Countries history?

I actually do have more questions, but I'm going to stop wasting my time on this because you've never answered them before. You just like to take little jabs at America and ignore any rebuttal. But it's plain that your hatred for America runs deep and it's sickening. But it's your right to do so, and our right to show you're wrong!! Human beings in general have evolved in their thinking. Thats not just in America, but in EVERY Country throughout the world. Stop living in the past and join us, living today.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/04/13 - 06:31 pm
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burn, how very "noble" of

burn, how very "noble" of you.

harley_52
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harley_52 02/04/13 - 06:43 pm
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Burninater....

That's the first time I've ever seen someone use the word "serendipity" twice in the same sentence while trying to insult somebody for something they didn't say.

I'm putting it in my diary.

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rebellious 02/04/13 - 06:53 pm
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Willow

are you channelling Cobalt George today!

Spectsa - I agree......stinking Americans. Dirty, rotten, low down, sneaky, jack wagons. I hate em all!!!! They should have been doing something positive like rescuing Europe from Germany, or saving the South Koreans from invasion, or the Vietnamese from The Viet Cong, or Kuwait from Iraq, or.....................

harley_52
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harley_52 02/04/13 - 07:04 pm
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"Jack Wagons"...

Haw, haw, haw....

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