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Forum: General Chats
 Topic: 1st Christmas post of the year, LOL
Re: 1st Christmas post of the year, LOL [message #821315 is a reply to message #821313 ] Sat, 17 February 2018 10:04
Tracy in Peru  is currently offline Tracy in Peru
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Registered: April 2005
Location: Trujillo, Peru
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Start some special tradition for that stocking.

We get new jammies every Christmas eve so pics on Christmas day look decent. That could be the pajama sock.

Also, new toothbrushes always make it into kids' stocking...the special, more expensive ones with cartoon characters on them.

Think of something little and special and it is for that stocking. A new bible book? a collectible item? Clothes, so they aren't in other boxes?

You can make it work.

In Him--Tracy
Forum: HotTopics
 Topic: Just throwing this out there.....
Just throwing this out there..... [message #821316] Sat, 17 February 2018 10:10
Tracy in Peru  is currently offline Tracy in Peru
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Registered: April 2005
Location: Trujillo, Peru
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My heart goes out to those that lost loved ones this week. So sad.

But, why is this a discussion of guns and not mental health? To me that seems so much more clearly the underlying problem. I'm all for some tracking of sales and ownership. My goodness, Google and Amazon know so much about me, I would be fine with the government knowing about my neighbor's or my gun possession.

And secondly, people are talking about how desensitized some of the kids were about seeing the dead bodies and such. It isn't an argument FOR watching violence on tv at all, but a little de-sensitization might go along way to helping those poor kids cope with what they witnessed.

In Him--Tracy
Re: Just throwing this out there..... [message #821317 is a reply to message #821316 ] Sat, 17 February 2018 14:04
Lisa T.  is currently offline Lisa T.
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Registered: April 2005
Location: New Hampshire
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Mental health is definitely a component in these mass shootings. The kid who did the latest high school shooting was clearly extremely disturbed, and there were enough significant events in his young lifetime that impacted his mental health, and he had such a long history of behavioral concerns, that he should have been provided with much more help from an early age.

But I do not think it’s an either/or situation. If he had not had easy access to an assault rifle, the damage would likely have been less.

I am not anti-gun at all. There are types of guns that are useful tools for hunting and self-protection. But the Second Amendmeent should not mean that our school district cannot prevent visitors from carrying weapons. Shocked (No, I’m not kidding! The state government has warned the district that they are overstepping when they made that rule. So students and staff are not protected if a person wants to carry a hand gun into a basketball game, for example).

I think the solution is going to require a multi-pronged approach. More proactive mental health treatment, long before a person shows signs of becoming a mass shooter. Common sense gun reform, regulating weapons that are capable of the most serious damage in a mass shooting situation. Regulation of when and where it is appropriate to carry weapons. Changes in our culture so we do not promote violence and a culture of death.

With freedom comes responsibility.

Lisa T.

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