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Re: “Another week done. Open line, news and comment.

DBI....your words are resonating with me tonight, as they do most nights, but especially tonight.

For the second time in two days, my county has been a headline here, as well as all over statewide news, because of senseless deaths involving guns. All deaths equally tragic in different ways.

It occurred to me as I was driving home through the storm late this afternoon that the death of these four people in the news (two children two adults) won't change a thing....not here, not anywhere. We will shed tears, we will be remorseful, and we will say "If only...", but that's about the extent of it.

The sun will rise tomorrow, the day of the two year old's funeral, and people will continue to leave loaded weapons accessible in cars and homes for little children to find and play with, and kill themselves or others.

Our opioid and meth infested county will still be full of deranged people with hair trigger temperaments, stockpiling and carrying weapons.

I would bet that not one person will rethink their position on having, carrying or storing their gun(s), based on recent events involving friends and neighbors. It's as much a part of the culture here as hay fiends and chicken houses, and no deaths, regardless of how many, is going to change that culture.

I read about the daily shootings in LR and it breaks my heart. Senseless shootings of building, cars, people. Why? How did we get to a place where guns play such a role in our day to day lives? Parents afraid to take children to the movies. Women afraid to go to the mall, and definitely not after dark. Never venturing in specific areas of town because you fear for your safety.

The problems are easily identifiable. But the solutions seem insurmountable. Somehow, someway, we must stop this violence that surrounds us. This is not who we are as a country, as a nation.

Surely there are enough very smart people out there who aren't beholding to the NRA who can come up with some answers.

We're killing our own people folks. What does that say about us as human beings?

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Posted by mountaingirl on 06/23/2017 at 11:02 PM

Re: “Do concealed weapons make us safer? Stanford study suggests otherwise

THV11 is now reporting that the sheriff's office official report states that the two year old shot himself.

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Posted by mountaingirl on 06/22/2017 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Do concealed weapons make us safer? Stanford study suggests otherwise

"And Donohue doesn't mean the regular news of accidental shootings in households with guns, often by and of children."

Tragic story here Tuesday evening. Grandparents were keeping their two young grandsons. The older child found his grandfathers gun and accidentally shot and killed his two year old brother.

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Posted by mountaingirl on 06/22/2017 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Wednesday's open line

Maxifer: "I always knew patience was a virtue. No matter what, truth will take the day."

That comment reminded me of my favorite line in my favorite song from Hamilton, "Wait for it".

Aaron Burr has had it with Alexander Hamilton always attacking everything head on, doing everything just a step ahead of him, while he holds back and takes things slower.

Burr says:
"Im not falling behind or running late
I'm not standing still
I'm lying in wait".

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Posted by mountaingirl on 06/21/2017 at 10:39 PM

Re: “Calling Leslie Rutledge: A good suit to join had me going for awhile. I'll give you points for that.
But the more I read your comments, the more I think you are the AT Blog's version of the former Colbert Report. The parody is just too similar.

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Posted by mountaingirl on 06/12/2017 at 11:39 AM

Re: “The equality open line

I binge-watched the latest season of House of Cards this weekend. I can't possibly imagine where this country would be if Trump had a fraction of the manical brilliance of President Frank Underwood.

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Posted by mountaingirl on 06/11/2017 at 9:19 PM

Re: “Saturday open line

Wishing you a very happy birthday with many many more to come!

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Posted by mountaingirl on 06/10/2017 at 4:35 PM

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