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  •  Yeah, really no excuse for this sort of thing (5+ / 0-)

    Motive doesn't matter. No one should be threatened with an explosive device and held hostage on the job.

    There are many, many other non-violent ways to make a statement.

    P.S. I am not a crackpot.

    by BoiseBlue on Mon May 13, 2013 at 11:59:08 AM PDT

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    •  My point is we are intentionally (3+ / 0-)
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      blue aardvark, jfromga, FloridaSNMOM

      socially engineering these incidents by not addressing inequality.

      Do you think the Taliban would have gotten any traction if the populations they preyed on we're secure? There is a direct correlation between inequality and fundamentalism.

      •  Sorry, I can't buy that (6+ / 0-)

        I'm mentally ill, sometimes disabling so, and I was unemployed for a pretty long, stressful stretch.

        I know the anger that comes with that sort of insecurity, but I'd never consider harming others because of it.

        I think it's rather dangerous to try to make excuses for this. For all we know (as stated above) he could have been upset about Benghazi, or the IRS thing, or any other number of ridiculous things.

        I tend to err on the side of not giving cover to people who react violently to personal situations. I've lived with enough violence to just be done with it, completely and without remorse.

        P.S. I am not a crackpot.

        by BoiseBlue on Mon May 13, 2013 at 12:08:18 PM PDT

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        •  There is a segment of the people who (2+ / 0-)
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          end up doing this kind of thing who are desperate and "snap".  No idea who this person is or what their history is, but they could fall into that category of people who have never had any visible mental health issues - that does happen.  He could also have a long history of problems either criminal or mental.  Time will tell what triggered this incident.

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