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Director, Graduate program in behavior disorder, David Yellin College

Diane, From what I see in

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Diane,
From what I see in your response, you are no coward. You used the tools available to you at the time. Someone should have taught you other tools, perhaps. To you and all those who suffered at the hands of bullies, you are survivors, and should feel proud that you were not like your tormentors. They are the real cowards.
When I was a child, I had a bone disease and required an ugly leg brace and crutches. I was unmercifully teased and called a cripple. It hurt. One day I found a sport that my disability actually made me better and I felt pride. Wheelbarrow races. The crutches made my arms stronger and the brace easier to hold on to my legs. It's funny now, but definitely not then. Diane, your letter touched my heart and the heart of all victims of bullies. Thanks for writing.

msw

years later

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thank you for your words of encouragement and I just don't know how to deal with a person that bullied me and I now see them is a life coach

Please check out this article

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Please check out this article with some important information regarding the lasting affects of bullying from childhood into adulthood. It has some valuable resources for those who are dealing with bullying or have dealt with this in the past. http://www.healthline.com/health-news/bullying-affects-victims-and-bulli...

Life Skills Support Teacher

As a highly trained weapons

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As a highly trained weapons enthusiast and wild game hunter for forty years, I resent the suggestion that the NRA assumes solitary status as the Big Bogeyman in this entire controversy.

Let me remind some of you that equally powerful and influential lobbies push video games, violent movies, and TV shows. The studies have been available for years, for those who require peer reviewed data as the basis for any argument. Links do exist between portrayed fantasy violence and real life behavior. It was proven with Eric Harris and Dylan Kleebold, the original poster children for school mass murder.

But since one famous corporate entity lobbies on behalf of computer games in the classroom and funds this website, nary a hint of protest will be heard except from people like me who aren't beholden to their interests.

How do we then account for people like Charles Whitman, the ex-Marine who shot and killed 14 people and wounded 32 others from a tower on the campus of the University of Texas in 1966?

It is entirely possible that pure evil does exist and no amount of legislation will make it go away.

It's also a sad commentary on the degeneration of our society when people would gladly relinquish freedoms for state-imposed "safety" measures. The Trayvon Martin case was proof that citizens must rely on themselves, not an under-manned and nearly invisible police force, to ultimately protect their life and property.

This is all about power. You either relinquish your liberty to the state and allow them to hold their power over you, or you choose to empower yourself and guide your destiny by your own rational judgment.

This is why Ayn Rand's novels should be required reading in every high school literature curriculum.

Director, Graduate program in behavior disorder, David Yellin College

Hi Becky, I really liked your

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Hi Becky,

I really liked your response to my posting. You seem to understand that the issue is not guns or killers who use guns but rather the relationship between the two. It's only in America. Other countries have guns, others limit guns but have similar culture.

While I don't have answer, as you say you don't, I do know that the less guns and the greater the difficulty in getting them reduces shootings. And as for the NRA, they are the lobbyists for gun sellers and manufacturers, not gun owners. Our culture must undergo serious change like we have with smoking. Gun violence is a safety issue. Thanks for your comment.

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When I was in public high

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When I was in public high school in a major metropolitan area, every school had a rifle team, shooting range and rifles. We had target practice available daily, if desired, and drove to other high schools with our rifles for intermural rifle meets every few weeks. No one was shot either accidentally or on purpose. It isn't the guns, it's the culture. It’s mental health. I don't know what the answer is for sure, but I suspect guns have such an allure precisely because they are such forbidden fruit. The only reason Sleeping Beauty pricked her finger on the spinning wheel is because those in power tried to hide them all away. I believe that such metaphors found in tales hold true today as much as they did hundreds of years ago. I also think that ANYONE committing a crime that involves a gun should get mandatory life imprisonment. If we really wanted to be serious about gun violence, the guy who holds up the 7-11 with a Saturday Night Special would possibly think twice if he knew there was no plea bargain and he would be incarcerated for the rest of his days. Like I say, I’m not sure what the answer is, but I am sure it isn’t solved by trying to hide away guns – an impossible task, or by allowing repeat offenders to continue their practice.

Life Skills Support Teacher

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I and more first graders at Sandy Hook going to second grade if not for automatic weapons.

This is just one reason to discredit the hysterical anti-gun advocacy gripping America. An examination of the recent facts surrounding the Sandy Hook incident reveal that automatic weaponry WAS NOT used as originally reported.

As I predicted weeks ago, many educators have not resisted jumping on the anti-Second Amendment bandwagon and politicizing the tragedy.

Shame on all of you not fully researching the facts and for your further trashing of the Constitution to fit your personal agendas.

High school english teacher and blogger.

Against the "legal" gun owners argument

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The statistic that points to where the guns are obtained effectively negates the argument that changing gun laws for law-abiding citizens won't help deter violence.

Educational Consultant/Author, Southern California

In this dangerous era, "see

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In this dangerous era, "see it, say it" applies to adults, too. More parent education, community education, teacher education. More personal involvement and supervision; no more kids making extreme plans without adults noticing. Less weapons, especially automatic weapons. We would have more young people from Columbine living their lives right now, and more first graders at Sandy Hook going to second grade if not for automatic weapons.

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