Paul Huck in Birmingham
Bash: Having served in the military, I have had the same thoughts. I do not know how this would solve school shootings, but an appreciation for our country and a world perspective not available anywhere else. I would propose a choice: @ 18 2 years in the military bot boys and girls OR 3 years in some Peace Corps, government service type position. We have plenty of environmental projects, national parks, little pick up ion high ways, things that need doing. Pay would be minimal and housing in barracks type facilities.Reduce the size of government, high paid, $20an hour littler picker upper with low cost youth. If everybody participated, it would be a part of life. The danger i SEE IS A GOVERNMENT INDOCTRINATIoN PROGRAM LIKE THE Hitler youth WENT THROUGH. don’t HAVE ALL THE ANSWER, BUT i HAVE HAD THIS THOUGHT TOO, ALONG WITH, FOR ONE Charlie rANGEL.
Michael Cornwell in Tuscaloosa, Vietnam vet, lawyer, outdoors enthusiast
Sloan, While I was in U of A offices Friday wraping up the semester for my legal studies for the year , one of the lady assistants started talking about the horror in Connecticut as she read about it fresh on the news. I told her people in this nation and elsewhere should not be shock or mistified by all the seemingly insane shootings. But the shootings are no more horrific and not as deadly as the campaign with drones in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and who knows where else our nation’s leaders are killing hundreds of innocent children and adults in some delusional “war on terror”. These child killings barely make one news cycle before they are shrugged of as “collateral damage” . How many hundreds of thousands of civilians did we kill in Iraq, Viet Nam and only thousands in our clandestine overt operations around the world, now and historically. But innocent blood drips from the peoples of all nations who still think if they just kill enough people, some how the we be safe and peace, love and brotherhood/sisterhood and a new day will emerge. We are as violent as a species today as when we started walking upright and technology has given us the means to be much more efficient in our killing of other human beings. And of course, everyone claims to be favored by God in their use of lethal force. Americans especially, tend to see what we have done to create killings on a massive scale, historically and presently, as apart from school, malls, theaters shootings, family homes and basically any where in society. It is quite simple how we find ourselves seemingly daily watching barbarism. As ye sow, so shall you reap: and this does not mean some kind of punishment from God. It simply means our almost unlimited resort to killing is like a contagious disease which has inflicted the human family. This applies to practically all nations. Viloence is a deadly toxin which humankind is still all to ready to drink. It is still viewed as a solution : by government officials implementing the “will of their peoples” to individuals who have delusional, desparate thinking. And on top of this human condition, in this nation, we find an absolutely destructive, unrelenting love and passion for guns that is unfathomnable to me. And for far too many gun nuts (and I think the label appropriate) , the first thought after situations like the slaughtering of school children and adults is not the tragedy, but their concern that the hue and cry of anguish and outrage may focus on our society’s obsession with guns. The Connecticut incident is but the latest installment of the two-by-four applied to the mule’s head. Society here and around the globe still refuse to look at what we have been doing to ourselves. And for those who would look to religions for comfort, explanations , understandings and hope for a different humanity, observable facts demonstrate that the major religions are part of the problem. Hawkman
Vicki Weeks of Savanna, formerly of Key West
Hey Sloan, I have only one question re: “the Israeli model” is – how’s that workin’ for ‘em? Not so good from what we hear about life on that side of the pond…but the corporate arms merchants are happy as pigs at an Israeli B-B-Q! And I’m sure they’d like nothing more than to see a huge jump in the personal arms race here at home. Best, V
Sue Heim on Key Largo
Hi Sloan, Bottom line – society can’t regulate, legislate or medicate the whackos. Crazy comes in all forms – mental, emotional, behavioral, temporary or permanent. No amount of money, time, or effort will ever resolve the whackos.