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  •  Ginny, depending on (4+ / 0-)
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    Ginny in CO, Abelia, mrsgoo, home solar

    where you live it's alarming because we've seen it coming for years.  This has been building up over time and we are not blind.  

    Drugs are a staple activity.  Hard, dangerous drugs. And where there's drug dealing, there's guns.  (Gotta protect your wares.) Law enforcement does nothing but threaten the tipsters.

    I cannot run my errands, call for a tow truck without looking at someone who is high.  There are newspaper articles in my town every week about someone getting shot, and most of the time its children.  Here's the latest one.
    www.nbcnews.com/id/50577007/ns/local_news-fort_myers_fl/t/negligence-charge-father-childs-death/

    Reading the article makes me numb.  I went to a firing range last week (having never handled a gun) because I cannot believe that a 3 yr. old child can handle a semiauto pistol with enough dexterity to kill himself with a single gunshot to the head.  I wanted to prove to myself that the conclusion of the "investigation" was nothing short of crap. (BTW, all the articles last week reported the child's age as 3 yrs.  This one reports his age at 2 yrs.)  Yet nobody I know questions this.  It is the insidious prevasiveness of a gun toting culture.  

    I sincerely hope that the outraged reaction to the availability of guns in this nation does not abate.  
     

    •  I live in metro Denver. My son was a senior (2+ / 0-)
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      at a high school just up the road from Columbine in '99. 3 years varsity wrestler, he knew the Columbine team. I was in AK for 14 years, RN since '77, 16 in critical care, 12 in home care. Worked Denver health lock down unit some. My other BS is in sociology. The stats have been clear for years - incomplete as they are. Increases have been clear. The drug and socio-economic factors are almost no brainers. Mostly because people would prefer to distract from it. Too big a problem, too much $ for a lot of brown people.

      Some combination of issues, events, seems to have broken the willingness to ignore, to change the subject, to deny anything can even be tried.

      Something changed and understanding what brings about change is a BFD.

      Can 2 or 3 year olds kill themselves with a handgun? There was a case of a CO couple who took their 2 year old to see the grandparents in SLC the week of Aurora. Kid went into the bedroom and found grandpa's unsecured handgun, just before he died from a bullet he managed to fire from it.

      Unfortunately, that is one of the reasons guns are such a great tool for murder and suicide. They don't take that much skill or strength to use successfully, if you initiate against an unarmed victim.

      Are you suspecting the father? The only thing I am pretty sure of is the kid in the picture is not 2. He looks like he would have turned 4 in a month or two.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 08:37:46 PM PST

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      •  I do suspect (2+ / 0-)
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        either parent.  Locals say he deals (I dont know them) but my daughter and her boyfriend are on pills and they explode at the drop of a hat.  (the earlier news reports said that the mom was in the driveway holding the child wrapped in a blanket when they arrived.)  The fact that he was up and around at 3 a.m. and the neighborhood they live in...like I said, a trip to the store and addicts are everywhere.  Come to think of it, could have been someone who came to the house to score.  Who knows.  Our cops and the governor need to be severely embarrased by all of this, if that is at all possible.

        •  It would make entirely too much sense (4+ / 0-)
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          to put ending the drug war into the solutions for ending the gun violence...

          I only advocate legalization of pot - it is not addicting, rehab is a waste of $.

          Decriminalization allows the government the right to mandate rehab and pay for it.  Portugal did this quite some time ago when the country was having huge drug crime. Greenwald did an eval, '09 IIRC. Huge improvement.

          "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

          by Ginny in CO on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 09:46:48 PM PST

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          •  I agree 100% about pot (0+ / 0-)

            Synthetic drugs are devastating to the users and those around them.  I know plenty of people whose kids , siblings, etc. got clean and it was all after arrests.  Not everyone who was arrested cleaned up but every one who is now clean and productive had their lifestyle interrupted, and many more than just once.  I can see single users "falling through the cracks"; it's heartbreaking, but there will be no perfect solution.  But for DCF/CPS to allow children to live in these situations uninterrupted and for cops to fail to arrest is unthinkable.  Nobody's "breaking up families", they are protecting children.  If addicts wont consider treatment for the sake of their kids, they cant have custody.

            Check out my conversation from "this is what a police state looks like".  I hit the nail on the head with the commentor....which resulted in a barrage of F*** u's and anger.  Typical behavior from an active user.  Sad.  I wanted to say something but it wont do any good.  They refuse to see why addiction is destructive and drugs are bad.  Which is why the state needs to intervene in some way.  Protection of the innocent.
            Please sign and share, and my apologies if I repeat it too often.
            www.signon.org/sign/sarasota-sheriffs-office

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