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Re: Shooting in Colorado

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Ann Carolan (
Fri, 30 Apr 1999 10:03:53 -0400

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> No One has the crime rate we do for a civilized society. ...True you can
> access
> knives> but knives are not the issue. It is much easier to shoot a
> gun than to physically stab someone. Instead of throwing a blow you
> are pulling a trigger. It's become an extension and very surreal I
> think for a lot of kids.

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I agree, thanks for taking the time to spell it out for us. I think it brings up another issue. Guns do not require physical contact. Killing real people is little different than the virtual reality games that kids play, and a child who already has some tendencies towards being anti-social or is alienated, or a bit out of touch with reality. Quite a bit different than the point you made about taking a knife and physically stabbing a real person with it. That requires you to tactilly experience the reality of what you are doing.

SOrt of like how sometimes we get into some angry words on the computer as we vent and we don't really have an idea of who it is behind the screen. It's good and bad. We get a chance to vent. But we don't see or feel our words touching others. Words have great power. EG: The pen is mightier than the sword; the keyboard, then, can be a sword, an arrow, or a love pat. Anyone else want to contribute some similes, metaphors or sayings to help us all understand the power of the printed screen? 

ann c.