“WHY are all these people bashing this man? He is a Marine, yes, but first and foremost a FATHER - he has a right to protect his kids, which is what he aims to do. He is setting an example and a great one - stand up and protect those who cannot protect themselves, ie - children! So what if he doesn't have a gun? As a volunteer, he's not allowed to on school grounds but you know what? It's not about guns fore him. It's about being there to stand guard and be vigilant, making sure his children are safe in their school. How dare anyone berate this father for trying to offer himself up in such a way!”
agb1953 on Dec 20, 2012 at 13:10:10
“He's being bashed because he won't be able to a thing against a maniac with a gun. He's just another target. Basically, he's the equivelant of a mall cop.”
“Banning guns won't make them disappear. People who want them will get them, legal or not. The people who are willing to purchase illegally are generally those who have foul intentions. Those with foul intentions will carry out said intentions with or without - Tim McVeigh did not use guns and he killed nearly as many babies plus over 100 others, injured over 600. The stuff he used can be bought at WalMart in the gardening section.”
blueridgemountaingirl on Dec 19, 2012 at 16:09:21
“I don't want to ban guns--and you are right, only criminals would have them. He used guns registered to his mother, who knew he was angry when he found out she was trying to have him involuntarily committed. That's pouring gasoline on a fire. What was she thinking?”
“Now is not the time to shoot down anyone's beliefs. Many people see God as the reason to continue living in the face of tragedy like this - who are you to berate those beliefs? How do you know God doesn't hurt more than any of us, that evil took such hold over one person and with that, did so much damage? Let those who choose to believe in God find peace in their faith and you find yours in your way. Now is not the time for trying to take that away from anyone.”
“You don't seem to be grasping the point. Anything is a weapon when used as such. McVeigh didn't use assault weapons when he killed over 100 people, almost 20 of them small children, and injured over 600 others in Oklahoma City. If someone wants to carry out a massacre, they will. Ban the assault rifles - it does not make them disappear, they're easy to obtain. If they don't want to go that route, they can buy the ingredients for napalm at WalMart any day. The only thing mindless here is people insisting that banning assault rifles will fix any problem.”
ChristyRidTram on Dec 19, 2012 at 14:39:19
“Yep and he built that bomb with fertilizer - try obtaining enough fertilizer to build a large bomb now - there will be a knock on your door. I get your point but you dodged my question. Because doing something about guns won't solve all the problems or prevent all the violence we should do nothing? Brilliant. You can no lonfer bring a bo cutter on a plane - not the only way you can hijack a plane right? But we still made it illegal to make it that much harder.”
“In the midst of a tragedy such as this, when faith is what gives so many others hope, what makes you think it is anywhere near a decent idea to berate belief in God? You may not agree with it but in this instance, who cares what you believe in? Let those who want to pray and believe do so. I don't disagree with your ideas that it is vile to insinuate that God chose to protect only one little girl in that classroom and that it's supposed to make people feel good. Right now though, what you see as mythology, someone else sees as a reason to continue living. This is not the time nor place to try to displace their focus.”
“I wish we could create programs like that for schools but they won't even allow archery anymore. This (for now) one of those lessons that must start at home, it looks like. Unfortunately, it's a lesson many do not address.”
“A gun collector doesn't regularly purchase firearms on the black market. A criminal does, which is why banning them does not help. My point is that anything is a weapon in the wrong hands - a pillow can even be deadly.”
VerbalJudo on Dec 17, 2012 at 14:42:52
“Shyla, the killer was not a criminal until one day he decided to murder 27 people including 20 children 6 educators and his own mother. He was a law abiding citizen until he wasn't. The guns used in the Aurora, Tucson, and Newtown were legally owned by the killers or lawfully present in the home where they resided. These babies weren't killed with simply "anything." They were killed with an AR-15 assault rifle that IMO should not be in the hands of everday citizens. Frankly, I'm not sure why we're even arguing this point.”
“People are bound, gagged, tortured, raped and strangled with it every day, yet it is not what one would term a weapon, as is demonstrated by your response. My point is, anything is a weapon in the hands of the wrong person.”
ChristyRidTram on Dec 17, 2012 at 17:26:45
“Would you rather someone enter you child's school with rope or an assault rifle? So tired of these mindless comparisons.....”
“Considering the gravity of the situation, I think your intitial question is highly inappropriate. My post was in response to the waves of people on here calling for a ban on firearms, which is clearly not a solution.”
blueridgemountaingirl on Dec 18, 2012 at 15:16:25
“I agree- but again, he had access to guns--I think that is highly appropriate.”
“My dad first put a gun in my hands when I was 3 or 4 years old, held it steady and helped me shoot cans off a fence. We go to the gun range as a father-daughter activity, we all have CHLs, we know how to handle firearms. This does not by any means make him a bad parent nor does it make me a killer. He did not "teach me to kill" - he taught me how to defend myself, God forbid I ever need to in that way. Guns are not any worse than a car, a baseball bat, a kitchen knife or a length of rope. People are the ones who choose to use them for evil, as we have seen here. Banning them does nothing but make them a hot commodity. Ignorance about their use and handling creates fear and danger. Educate yourself and your family before voicing an opinion.”
VerbalJudo on Dec 17, 2012 at 09:34:00
“Respectfully, your comment that "Guns are not any worse than a car, a baseball bat, a kitchen knife or a length of rope" might be the most tone-deaf comment I've seen today. A few days ago a man in China attacked 22 children and you know what, none of them died. "Guns...no excuse me, AR-15 assault rifles are not any worse than a baseball bat, a kitchen knife?" Are you kidding me? Where does this "guns are not the problem" mentality come from? What are the chances that if this 52 year old woman could not legally possess an AR-15 assault rifle that she would have just gone out and obtained one illegally on the black market? Maybe an assault weapons ban might have made a difference in this one incident.”
ChristyRidTram on Dec 17, 2012 at 09:15:03
“Um when is the last time someone went into a school with a piece of rope and killed 26 people?”
SailbadTheSinner on Dec 17, 2012 at 09:10:04
“I was raised much the same way, though I think 3 or 4 years old is a little too young for several reasons. By shooting at watermelons and cantaloupes etc, I was shown the damage a bullet can do, and told the same thing would happen to flesh. From the beginning, I had a great respect for firearms.
I agree with the latter part of your post 100%. There will no doubt be more laws passed over this, and sadly they will come from elected officials that know nothing about firearms, but know a lot about fear and hate how to demonize and ridicule those who disagree with them.
Maybe firearms safety classes should be taught in school, probably somewhere in middle school. Now, there's something worth having a debate about.”
deadly270 on Dec 17, 2012 at 09:01:24
“Very well said shyla, I was taught in the same way and at the same age and the same is true of our 15 grandchildren. Fanned & Faved.”
zaninenj on Dec 17, 2012 at 08:53:58
“When I was 3 my dad bought me a tricycle. Our father daugher activities consisted of going to the movies, going out to lunch sometimes, dances and talks about boys. When I was 17, he took me to a shooting range and taught me how to shot a gun, he even gave me a small 38. Guns are far worse than cars, baseball bats and a length of rope. We have a chance of defending ourselves, we can swerve to avoid a car, duck to avoid a bat. A knife, bat or rope cannot kill 28 people in a matter of seconds. As far as I'm concerned you and your father need help.”
blueridgemountaingirl on Dec 17, 2012 at 08:53:48
“Are you mentally ill? The question is not about guns, but about giving someone who is mentally ill access to them.”
arakamnad on Dec 17, 2012 at 08:43:17
“It's not about banning guns, certainly not. It's about banning Military Grade Weapons like the one used to murder those children . In 2 minutes the shooter pumped 3 to 11 bullets into each one of those innocent victims. If you hunt deer , it's an art and a skill. You get 1 shot to take down a deer. There is no place in our community for these horrible assault weapons . Add to that a growing population of children raised on "Call of Duty" violent video games that give the idea that mass killing is a game.
End the sale of Assault Weapons NOW !”
Angrykitteh on Dec 17, 2012 at 08:41:53
“"Ignorance about their use and handling creates fear and danger."
“I don't think the comment was about any homeless vet, but rather pointed at people who pretend to be homeless and panhandle because they can indeed make more money than some of us with regular jobs. A news channel in OKC did a story on that a few years ago... followed some of the panhandlers home to huge houses with nice cars in the drive way. They said they made so well begging that they'd never consider going back to the regular grind and pay taxes on it.”
ismithrice on Dec 7, 2012 at 11:49:13
“TY Shyla, for backing me up”
MadameK on Dec 7, 2012 at 11:18:15
“National Geographic did a special as well on the "homeless" and was quiet eye opening.
One Christmas several years ago I was sitting at a red light and a panhandler was going from car to car seeking money. I gave the gentleman a $20 and said Merry Christmas. He seemed shocked and "blessed" me to death. This has been about 5 years ago and since that time I have seen this same gentleman on various different corners and wonder if he's even tried to get off the streets or if he is one of those who have made a lucrative career out of panhandling.”
“Heidi, I am truly doubting that you actually read my post - either that, or you have serious reading comprehension problems. Firstly, I said MOST people can cope with it and it's not severe and that it was LIKELY not a huge culprit in this girl's situation. I also stated that it is a neurological issue as opposed to a mental one. Again, as someone with misophonia, I've done my research and know what it is. There is nothing misinforming about my post nor is it an in-depth scientific review of clinical research.
My statement continues to stand about "bucking up", which has nothing to do with misophonia. It has to do with a young generation of kids who are rare told to get their butts in gear and control themselves. They're being raised to think they're all special snowflakes and deserve attention and respect but the fact is that life is not fair and they don't get attention or respect unless they earn it. They're missing out on reality because their eyes are blinded by computer and phone screens - they're missing 97%+ of actual human communication! I'm not hating on these kids but I will certainly not entertain the idea that they're all disturbed or should not be held accountable because they "must" have something wrong with them. They're kids - they need someone to show them how to be stronger and how to deal with real life instead of pouting because no one responded to their twitter”
“I think we're too quick to label someone as "mentally ill" in cases like this. It's much more probable that she's just another kid with hormones and a bad atttitude, as we all have been at some point or another. We're too quick to say "oh, we need to get her help.. meds, a therapist, etc etc" when most of these kids need a swift kick in the rear to get them into gear. We have to stop coddling, stop insulating them. If they want to be something, they have to make themselves something. Respect and attention will not be handed out just because they post something dumb on twitter.
Now, that's not saying that every kid is like that - there are people with serious mental issues that do need the help and do need the care. It's a problem when everyone is labeled as such though, because it allows people who DO need the kick in the butt to skate by on victimization and self pity.”
“Actually, it does - it's a topic that is becoming more relevant to kids of younger ages every day and in the teen years, it's imperative. Besides, it's a topic covered by school health curriculums (sex ed, general health/lifestyle lessons, etc) so really, the song should not have been an issue. Now that being said, if the student wanted to play the song just for the sake of it, she could have approached it differently. I know when I took performance arts classes, we were encouraged one day to bring a small bag of things that represent us as individuals -books, pictures, a song, etc -that we could share. In that case, the song makes sense. I wish there was more in the article about the circumstances and all.”
“I do have misophonia and it's not super rare - most folks just don't recognize it. It's generally not a huge deal because most people who have it can learn to channel any rage that is triggered or otherwise control themselves. It's a misfiring of neurons in the brain and can be challenging but this girl had other, much larger problems that she was struggling with - misophonia was likely not a huge culprit.
These young kids need to buck up and learn to cope. Get off twitter, facebook, pinterest, or whatever the heck else you're using to digitally communicate and have an actualy FACE TO FACE conversation with another human being. Learn to how deal with anger, sadness, frustration, etc and find the thing that you're most passionate about, the thing that sets your heart on fire with excitement. THAT is what you should be chasing and holding on to, not some freaking computer or phone screen. Einstein said something along the lines of "I fear the day when our technology surpasses human interaction. Our world will have a generation of iditos."”
Heidi Salerno on Dec 4, 2012 at 16:30:37
“If you truely have Misophonia then you should know that there are different levels of it and hers is obviously much stronger than yours. Rather than judge her perhaps you can educate yourself about this disorder more and help others understand this disorder we have. Glad you do not have it badly, but for some it IS VERY much a HUGE deal. Many cannot cope and are even house bound and yes suicidal. It's not about bucking up and coping for many with misophonia, which is not a mental disorder but rather a nuerological one. Please understand that your posts is rather misinforming. Please check out www.misophonia.info.”
Cygnus2 on Nov 30, 2012 at 19:36:29
“Mental illness is not something you simply "buck up and learn to cope" with, though. It's much tougher than that.”
Snail7 on Nov 29, 2012 at 13:16:36
“My thoughts exactly!!!!!! They need to stop feeling sorry for themselves, get off the electronic devices, and do something about it.”
“Wow, people are taking this waaaay too seriously. So the student didn't know the answer, he or she figured, why not have fun with it? Profs often put goofball answers on tests - it lightens the mood, helps students relax and gives them some slack by eliminating an answer right off the bat. It's not some chump wasting tax money, nobody is necessarily lazy... students get answers wrong, profs throw in fun stuff now and then. Calm yourselves!”
It could do well all on its own. Does that mean every Texan wants secession? Of course not. I would argue most actually don't. While Texans may have a pride in their state unrivaled by the other 49.5, they also have a fierce sense of patriotism when it comes to protecting and standing for America and her values and freedoms. We also have Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth all on Forbes' lists of fastest-growing job markets and economical growth because Texas boasts an incredible energy market and therefore a thriving technology market. People are flocking to it because there are jobs, there is space to live and the cost of living is relatively low compared to other major cities.
Before citing yourself blue, really look at what's going on in TX - it's actually pretty impressive. Things are not as bad as media likes to report. The fact remains that 1) Yes the state gets federal help- it is a huge state and unfortunately, the problems with the border and illegal immigration make it impossible for aid to not be granted (tons of people are cheating the system) and 2) It is a powerhouse right now and there's a surge of opportunity and market growth that will be -and is - highly beneficial to the rest of America.”
Theoptimistdreamer on Nov 15, 2012 at 21:16:32
“I dont get get blue for anything doll I am a very happy camper Thank God. Texas cannot by any means survive without being part of the US it does not have the defense protection or the government infastructure to handle such a hit and it would be invaded within the first few years. I am not going to bore you with a huge list of facts because this is not a job and I cant spend to much time on something unless i am making $$$$ so peace and love”
Nov 14, 2012 at 19:03:28
“This young woman is a prodigy in her field and an asset to American ballet culture, yet more people here have nothing but negative things to say! "She's too thick" or "she's not black enough" or "she's not wearing enough." What the hell is so difficult about supporting and cheering on a young woman who obviously holds incredible talent, passion and ambition within herself? I am not a fan of ballet but she exudes gracefulness and beauty in countless ways. She would even be a phenomenal addition to the competitive fitness industry!!
Way to go, Misty, I hope to see you succeed in all your wildest dreams!!”
'Turns out Texas was the state that depended the most on those very stimulus funds to plug nearly 97% of its shortfall for fiscal 2010, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.'
Please educate yourself before saying something like that Texas and ANY state that wants to depart from the Union will effectively become a third world nation.”
Theoptimistdreamer on Nov 14, 2012 at 09:26:03
“The majority of state government revenue comes from sources other than state taxes. The largest component of state government income comes from the federal government for funding of programs in education, healthcare and transportation, to name a few.”
Theoptimistdreamer on Nov 14, 2012 at 09:23:37
“More than $380 million in early grants and other aid from the federal health law have already gone to businesses and agencies in the Lone Star State, according to figures from the Department of Health and Human Services, and Texas ended up with $17 billion from the stimulus.
“So the majority of these petitions were filed by...residents? Just pissed off people? So... I'm guessing this happens every election but the liberal media wants to make a ig deal becauseit's got to do with Obama?
Going to look for actual news now.”
phylhappyinlove on Nov 13, 2012 at 08:41:22
“Chances are, it will never happen but they are voicing their opinion on how they feel about this once beautiful Country, now in the sh$#er..”