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I have been upset all day, hearing report after report from Virginia Tech. I had to call both my kids, just to hear them tell me they were okay. (Neither of them goes there, but.) Even if they lived at home and went to U of L, who's to stop some maniac from going onto that campus? I'd like to bring them both home and keep them locked in their rooms for the rest of my natural life.

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Take comfort Jackie from What we still have

kua wairangi te hinengaro
he ataahua tonu te whenua

When the mind is misery
The land is still beautiful


I empathise.

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32 murders of course tragic but three times that number are slaughtered in Iraq every day


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This event has special significance for me: both my kids are away at college. One is a hundred miles away, the other, 600.

Thanks, olly--we do indeed have beautiful land.

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Hadn't seen the news for two days. Saw just now.My sympathy, although that will bring no one back to friends and families and i will never understand such things. And can only be sad about it.

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It's terrifying. You send your kids off to school and think they're safe. My kids think I'm a weirdo, but I never let them out of the house without telling them, "Don't forget Daddy loves you."

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But with this event there is not such a distinction where it occurred that it could not have been somewhere else. Such a place having a separate police force could affect the outcome [not trying to cast blame] but the same sort of tragedy could happen almost anywhere, and has.


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I know how you feel: back in 2001, my son left for college on September 13, 2 days after the plane crashes in New York and Washington. Life went on, but our need for connection and caring was sharply defined.

I am horrified by the rash of suicide/murders that have occurred over the past year. There were the shootings at the Amish school in Pennsylvania; then the terrible events that happened barely two months ago at Trolley Square, right here in Salt Lake City. Now, we hear about Virginia Tech. I know we cannot live our everyday lives in fear of the occasional lunatic with a gun. However, we cannot allow ourselves to become complacent either.
The repeated examples of killings, and suicide, both in the USA and in Iraq, are disturbing indeed.

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Originally Posted By: pennyless


I am horrified by the rash of suicide/murders that have occurred over the past year. There were the shootings at the Amish school in Pennsylvania; then the terrible events that happened barely two months ago at Trolley Square, right here in Salt Lake City. Now, we hear about Virginia Tech. I know we cannot live our everyday lives in fear of the occasional lunatic with a gun. However, we cannot allow ourselves to become complacent either.
The repeated examples of killings, and suicide, both in the USA and in Iraq, are disturbing indeed.


Ah yes, pennyless. Do you have a point?

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Sometimes the point is to express what you feel.

Thank you Olly, when there is horror we need beauty more than ever.

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