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VisaDiva said...

Isn't this closing the barn door once the horse is out? Anyone who wants to obtain a gun can and will by any means. How can a law be enacted that makes owning an assault rifle illegal,retroactively? Are you trying to make the fantasy that "Obama is going to take all our guns away" true? The children attacked in China the same day as the tragedy in Sandy Hook were assaulted with a knife.

The question “who in their right mind would…?” The answer is “no one.” People who commit heinous acts need treatment long before they become violent. According to NIMH “An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year" Personality disorder, depression, anxiety disorder, PTSD are all treatable.

Some may think that mental illness is an excuse for criminal behavior. It is not. Severe cases where standard treatment is not possible are handled in a more aggressive way. I am not attempting to excuse the acts of a seriously ill person nor do I condone institutionalizing anyone without a professional, very thorough examination. There are most definitely people who do not need to be free among society. My point is to address the real issue of how to deal with psychotics instead of guns. That is the hard question.

December 19, 2012 at 11:23 p.m.
VisaDiva said...

Whoever wrote the headline for this story is either totally insensitive to the recent murder of 26 people in a school or totally thoughtless. Either should be inexcusable.

December 19, 2012 at 11:06 p.m.
VisaDiva said...

Well said, as usual, David. Don't know about "miraculous, in a way, to stand in the middle of a Walmart store." That's another conversation. Unfortunately, it's not the next few weeks that will decide the future of the forest on the hill - it's exactly 3 weeks, with 2 of those being the most popular holidays in the year. The meeting last night was wide-reaching in the questions, but with the last public meeting on January 7 and the council voting on January 8, I fear the trees don't stand much of a chance. I would like to think that the council members will listen to their constituents and the voices of the people who want to save the hilltop. "Siddhartha found enlightenment under a tree" Will we find the tree still standing for us?

December 18, 2012 at 12:07 a.m.
VisaDiva said...

And be sure to email or call your City Council representative. We need to let them know we are watching them and we expect them to vote with their constituents.

December 12, 2012 at 9:46 a.m.
VisaDiva said...

More even-handed, factual reporting than the other 'news' article in the paper today. This is railroading on the par with CXS. My question has always been "WHY?" With all the vacant office space, retail locations and residential space in Hixson who decided this project is needed, and what did they use for data and facts? The community is decidedly against it, so we'll see how much luck the citizens have with the politial process in our fair city. Thanks for the write-up. We can always count on you to see the little person's point of view.

December 12, 2012 at 9:45 a.m.
VisaDiva said...

Or maybe equal rights for women. That amendment was never ratified, you know.

November 20, 2012 at 7:55 p.m.
VisaDiva said...

Marriage equality, unquestionably. My kid, a 30-year-old American Studies graduate, professes this now - that the next generation will wonder why this issue was so polarizing and so divisive.

November 20, 2012 at 7:44 p.m.
VisaDiva said...

Mr. Swallows broke the law by threatening people with a loaded assault rifle. The teens near the graveyard were not charged with anything because they did nothing illegal. It is wrong to assume that any teen is suspect because of items found in the area. They might have been put there by adults and at the most their crime is littering.

"Doing the right thing" ? The law says otherwise.

September 11, 2010 at 8:58 a.m.
VisaDiva said...

alprova - loved the video although I did get a bit sick to my stomach while watching it. My favorite comment about Sarah Palin was a guy who said he liked her because her husband was a "man's man." That would sure make me vote for her!

Looks like the kid may have stolen those signs from the real Tea Baggers. Isn't the birth thing settled YET? Come on!

February 21, 2010 at 8:42 a.m.
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