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  •  hyperbole much? (1+ / 0-)
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    a false alarm about a gunman is like 9/11 panic? here's a clue: there are shootings every day. every day.

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    by Laurence Lewis on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 09:14:59 AM PST

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    •  Cherry pick hyperbole, much? (2+ / 0-)
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      Mass shootings or spree killings are rare events, but generate all sorts of poorly though out over-reactions when it invades the bastions of privileged white space (even in the false alarm, as we see here).

      But as you ridicule a valid parallel to similar misdirected, transformative and purposefully cultivated public hysteria, you studiously ignore or ratify this:

      a flood of memories from Sandy Hook, which asks the question, is anyone in America safe? Will we ever be safe again?
      Will we ever be safe again?  That is exactly the mind-set that gave us over-reactive Guantanamo detentions, water-boarding torture, illegal military invasions, and TSA, among the litany of examples.  But thanks for turning the blind eye to the obvious comparison to similar assaults on our Bill of Rights and 4th Amendment interests.
    •  It has the same root. (0+ / 0-)

      We need to react appropriately not over or under react.  Laurence, what you leave unsaid is school shooting or mass shooting.  Sadly every day people every day commit assault and murder.   Sometimes they use a gun, sometimes a blunt object, a knife or their bare hands.  

      I am more worried about the "assault and battery" and "murder" problems than a "gun problem."  

      Under capitalism man exploits man, under communism the roles are reversed.

      by DavidMS on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 04:57:03 PM PST

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