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Kids all over Arkansas and the rest of the country walked out of their classrooms for a few minutes last week to protest the school shootings that have shocked the American public. What a democracy, what a country.

Although the best way to protest violence in the schools might be staring the kids in the face: Stick to your books and make something of yourselves, to wit, rational individuals quite capable of making your own decisions and then defending those decisions in the kind of open public debate that should be the hallmark of democracy. As opposed to a largely anonymous mobocracy no different in the end from a lonely crowd--a crowd that roams the marketplace of ideas in search of targets of opportunity to attack.

Instead of trusting a foolish and faulty FBI to detect and detain the nutcases out there, and then protect the rest of us from them, why not let all men and women take some of the responsibility for looking out for themselves, their families, and the overall community? Not to mention what would be best for the mentally disturbed, who need to be protected against their irresistible homicidal instincts of the moment. The degree of a society's civilization may be judged by how well or poorly it treats those of less than sound mind and sound body amongst it.

Come, let us reason together instead of acting like the hydra-headed monster that a society in the throes of its own sociopolitical delusions can be. Surely, so reasonable an accommodation would not be too much to ask of a society. Even one so taken by its own egotism that it seems unable to see what it's doing to itself by chasing its own self-important delusions.

But the cheerleaders for chaos we will always have among us, including familiar figures ready to exploit present chaos for future advantage. Types like Bernie Sanders, who just won't go away, as much as he needs to. The all too independent senator from Vermont declaims, "All across the country, people are sick and tired of gun violence, and the time is now for all of us together to stand up to the NRA and pass common-sense gun legislation." As if all these guns were firing themselves, instead of being used by real live human beings to kill the innocent.

Alas, nothing is so uncommon as common sense when guns are at the center of a political firestorm in these not always United States of America. Sen. Sanders may have reaped the usual round of applause when he resorted to such political bromides, but that doesn't make his rhetoric any more original or acceptable in the eyes of discerning citizens. Please spare us your well-worn pieties, Senator. For this isn't the first time you've been weighed in the balance and come up short. Worse, some of us who've followed your ill-starred political career suspect it won't be the last.

Editorial on 03/19/2018

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  • PopMom
    March 19, 2018 at 7:05 a.m.

    The ADG spits out another far right Republican editorial about how the answer to everything is for people to take responsibility for themselves. Unfortunately, we cannot depend on this to happen. Leaving it up to people to govern themselves results in a Hobbesian state of nature. Instead, it simply makes more sense to have sensible laws governing human behavior, such as making killing machines less available to the general public, a percentage of who are mentally ill. Of course, the members of the Arkansas congressional delegation, which are owned by the NRA, care more about their political careers than doing what is right.

  • RobertBolt
    March 19, 2018 at 7:45 a.m.

    Well said, PopulistMom.

  • TimberTopper
    March 19, 2018 at 8:05 a.m.

    PopMom you are correct. I guess my question would be, since as you state there is a percentage of the general public that are mentally ill, could it be that the voters in AR have elected a higher than normal number of those in that situation to the State House and Senate?

  • 23cal
    March 19, 2018 at 8:29 a.m.

    Well said, PopMom.
    About "As opposed to a largely anonymous mobocracy no different in the end from a lonely crowd--a crowd that roams the marketplace of ideas in search of targets of opportunity to attack."
    Bwahahaha! No doubt our extremist far right editor delights in labeling American citizens exercising their right to assemble and to petition in a time-honored fashion as "mobocracy". What a stooge. Selma. Women's march. Anti-war marches. Suffragettes marches. Denigrating freedom of assembly because he doesn't like the reason for it is both despicable and pathetic.
    About "Come, let us reason together...." No doubt if Dear Editor would ever attempt to reason instead of poisoning the well with ad hominem attacks and worn out cliches, perhaps we could "reason together". However, since he won't, we can't reason "together". He has already opted out.
    About "But the cheerleaders for chaos we will always have among us....." For those who failed to catch it, this is euphemistic for "People who are fed up with children being butchered by folks with rapid fire high capacity magazine killing machines." Cheerleaders for chaos.......uh huh. Right.
    Then...and THEN...he trots out the absolute dumbest cliche of them all: "As if all these guns were firing themselves, instead of being used by real live human beings to kill the innocent."
    It isn't "as if" that at all. Anyone with two brain cells to rub together knows it is a COMBINATION of people and firearms. Guess what? Someone without a firearm doesn't shoot folks any more than a firearm without people shoots folks. Duh. Also, it is "real live humans" we want background checks for, training for, licensing for, insurance for, legal consequences for lack of responsibility by, and so on. I am constantly amazed by the black and white world of simpletons who assign one solution to complex problems which have a number of factors.Guns don't kill people, people kill people is as absurd as Nukes don't kill people, people kill people. Yeah? Who wants just everyone to have easy access to nukes like they do guns and doesn't realize those nukes are part of the problem then? Geeez.

  • skeptic1
    March 19, 2018 at 8:45 a.m.

    According to the lefty lemmings here asking that people take responsibility is, "RIGHT WING HATE." That is the world we live in now, your words are over their heads.

  • hah406
    March 19, 2018 at 9:12 a.m.

    Skeptic, you are missing a point here. The kids did take responsibility. They saw something. They heard something. They said something. Over and over again, they warned people about the shooter. Then the adults in charge failed them. Again! So now they are going over those adults heads and demanding that responsibility be done their way, lest another one of them die due to failed political policies written by the NRA.

  • Packman
    March 19, 2018 at 11:57 a.m.

    Sadly, political opportunists like Bernie Sanders care more about votes than protecting kids.
    Hey Pop - What's so bad about self-reliance? And do you still believe the government should confiscate my old squirrel rifle that's been in my family for almost 60 Years? It fits your definition of a "killing machine".
    Know what else we can't depend on? We can't depend on the government to protect us as evidenced by the failures at various levels of government to stop Nicholas Cruz. Do you deny these failures, Pop?
    Hey 23cal - If your hissy fit has passed would you mind if I ask for a little clarification? You say "we want background checks for, training for, licensing for, insurance for, legal consequences for lack of responsibility by, and so on." Does this mean you want a background check performed on my neighbor before I can loan her a rifle for deer hunting? Do you support mandatory universal training before anyone can possess a firearm? Same question for licensing? What additional legal consequences do you propose? Instead of pitching a silly hissy fit, would you just once attempt to engage in reasonable discourse?
    Hey hah - You seem to grasp the problem yet go off the rails attacking the NRA. Did the NRA write the sanctuary school policy that protected Nicholas Cruz at the expense of school safety? Did the NRA tell the sheriff to ignore the multitude of calls about Cruz? Did the NRA force the FBI to drop the ball? Did the NRA force the school resource officer to not comply with policy and wait outside the building while kids were dying? The NRA didn't fail these kids. The local, state, and federal governments failed these kids. Is that really so hard for you to see? So long as you continue to willfully ignore these facts the blood of those kids will remain on your hands.

  • PopMom
    March 19, 2018 at 12:04 p.m.

    Of course, people should be responsible, but we know from the history of mankind that they may not be. Consequently, let's keep them from having access to dangerous objects. Yes, if Packman's squirrel gun can kill many people at once, we need to take that as well. Packman needs to learn to hunt squirrel with a simple rifle. How many squirrels does he need to kill to make one simple squirrel pie? Please don't tell me that he kills for the simple pleasure of killing and does not eat the squirrels.

  • Packman
    March 19, 2018 at 3:17 p.m.

    "Yes, if Packman's squirrel gun can kill many people at once, we need to take that as well." And there you have it. For all you lying libs saying "nobody" is after our guns, PopSnob says otherwise. PopSnob would have the government confiscate a squirrel rifle my granddad bought decades ago as well as every automatic action rifle, shotgun, and handgun ever manufactured. Sooner or later, the truth always comes out.

  • carpenterretired
    March 19, 2018 at 6:47 p.m.

    One fellow does seem to be mesmerized by guns ,but the catch 22 after the church bombing that killed four little girls the public reached a tipping point of going south on the KKK( even in the south) it may be with enough dead school kids killed by guns folks may go south on the NRA .