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In the United States of America, kids running amok with guns in schools has been something that the rest of the world has come to recognise as part of it’s culture. Kids will buy guns, {as lets face it, in the U.S it’s not too tough to do}…and now with the internet intact and tapped into the raging gun market, for protection, for decoration, for fun, they will be bound to slide into the hands of youths with too much testosterone.


But now, we have a shooting in a Canadian school…the worlds ears will prick to hear…Canadian(??). Not because this is the first time we have ever heard of school yard shootings in the land of the Maple Leaf {14 killed in another shooting in Montreal in 1989}, but merely because they have never been as publicised as the great “onslaughts” that occurred in the States…but the twisted killings that brought parents to their knees across the globe have appeared in Canadian papers before.


This particular shooting caught my attention however, perhaps because of a secret longing of my own for the slow, peaceful, Canadian life has been shredded by one brief news report? Or perhaps because it was not the States that was in question this time.
Whatever the reason, the shootings which left one poor girl dead, and nineteen (?) injured with ten in a serious {but stable} condition in a hospital bed nearby, will surely bring attention back around to the arguments following all cases of school violence…Who is to blame? Video Games? Films? Television shows? All will come under scrutiny now that the violence has snuck its way into the Canadian school system once again. Canadians, you have been warned…your film theatres may never be the same again. But hell…maybe I’m getting carried away.


But when the man in all black trench coat strolled into the school in Montreal, Canada, and pulled out one of his (apparently) three rifles hidden in the style of the Matrix under his trench coat…god knows what was going through his mind. Sporting a Mohawk cut, he has done no favours to the fashions sported by a set group of kids today, possibly starting even more trouble than ever before in the school yard for kids just trying to be themselves. Why are people encouraged to do these things to kids just trying to gain an education? According to some reports it was down to the 25 year olds favourite “game“…“the columbine massacres”…sick, twisted, disturbing? Yes…all three, but how can we stop people from doing this? Well Canadian police believed shooting the man in question down, and who can blame them? It may not help us get into the mind of the killer…to try to find some explanation to why he would do such a cruel and sick thing, but he may have paid the price for what he done…well in some people’s minds. But sometimes, and I prey not to rouse any form of argument here, is an eye for an eye really the best way to deal with these people? A famous philosopher once said;
“an eye for an eye, and soon the world will be blind”
…and in this case, I must agree. Have we learned anything from this? No. Have we lost another promising young student? Yes. So, to say we remain blind to the reasoning behind these attacks I feel is quite valid. Could the police have taken the chance and let him live? I, am in no position to answer…but I always felt any man could be stopped and questioned easily after a quick shot to the groin area…it’s not deadly…but my god…he wont be back up again, automatic rifles or not…but no doubt they did what they felt was needed…and they should be commended for not allowing the madman to harm even more than he already had.


A Madman yes…but someone’s son…now isn’t that a sickening thought? I sure as hell hope he doesn’t have a vengeful brother.


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Andy



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The following comments are for "The Canadian Shootings..."
by mechrobioticon

shootings
I live in a small town of Jacksboro Tennessee
last year there was a school shooting at the highschool 2 of principals were seriously wounded and third one was killed. I have a 17 yr
old son that attends. There no scarier feeling
of not knowing what going on. Trying to find out information if your child is ok. Yhe shooting took place at 1 it took till 330 to find out if my son was alright. The boy who did the shooting
was 14 and he got the gun from his fathers gun cabinet. He admitted he intended on killing people. To come find out our school board knew
this child had problems. He went to the middle
school and had tried to stab the principal there. His parents had put into therapy.After
being there for a few months his parents decided
he was well enough but the doctors didnt and the parents took him of the hospital. When the principal of the highschool heard that he was coming to the highschool the principal beg the board not to let him. So who is the the blame, the parents ,board of education or us as a society. Where do we draw the line. How many school shootings must there be. Before we as parents take the responabilties of teaching our children right and wrong and if see they need help to get it for them.

( Posted by: wanda [Member] On: September 15, 2006 )

Indeed
well the story now seems that he shot himself. not the police as first reported. This is trajic, no doubt but it was only a very small blip on the radar of human events. Millions of people die each day in countries most of us can't find on a map. The western world is particullarly guilty. This does not diminish the death of one person but as with 9/11 we need to put things in context. That sick fuck deserved to die..there is no place in the world for Nazi's like him.

Keep up the good work. If people don't write these things, discuss them they will happen more often, again and again.

The good doctor

( Posted by: DrHAlger [Member] On: September 18, 2006 )





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