Tragedy in Arizona

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    Jan 09, 2011 2:10 AM GMT
    I'm a firm believer that most people are decent regardless of their personal views. I also believe--perhaps naively--that most people who disagree on whatever issues would otherwise come together and put their differences aside during a time of tragedy. I'm beginning to think that this site is not representative of the population in general and that many online characters here disprove my belief in human decency.

    I had the misfortune of reading several postings in the Arizona shooting thread. I'm disgusted, embarrassed, and ashamed for the majority of people there. Instead of prudently realizing this is a time for atonement, posters take an opportunity to aimlessly bicker with each other about political ideology. This reminds me of why I left this site and why I hardly ever come anymore.

    My intent in making this thread is to send a prayer and condolences to the families of the people affected by this tragedy, to invite news updates without political undertones--particularly on the well-being on those who were injured, and to invite others to come together and be glad that you (and those you love and share your lives with) are alive and well.

    Blessings to all.

    I understand that by posting this many of those individuals on that thread will be angry at me and begin to incorporate their vitriol in this thread. Obviously, I can't control what people post here, but I hope that those who come and post reasonably don't engage the irrational or restrain from arguing or accepting others' invitations to do so. Of course, with the way things go on this site and my luck, this may well become another useless thread.

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    Jan 09, 2011 2:18 AM GMT
    This is sad and also similar to the Zane Floyd shooting in an Albertson's supermarket here in Vegas back in 1999 icon_cry.gif
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    Jan 09, 2011 2:27 AM GMT
    Some of the people who posted in the threads are passionately political and will use any excuse to further their cause, however tasteless it might be. The real malicious offenders are actually few in number, but they post a lot which seems to give them a greater presence. If you either ignore or get away from that sad element, you'll find the great majority of guys on RJ are pretty decent.
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    Jan 09, 2011 2:28 AM GMT
    collegestudd saidI'm a firm believer that most people are decent regardless of their personal views. I also believe--perhaps naively--that most people who disagree on whatever issues would otherwise come together and put their differences aside during a time of tragedy. I'm beginning to think that this site is not representative of the population in general and that many online characters here disprove my belief in human decency.

    I had the misfortune of reading several postings in the Arizona shooting thread. I'm disgusted, embarrassed, and ashamed for the majority of people there. Instead of prudently realizing this is a time for atonement, posters take an opportunity to aimlessly bicker with each other about political ideology. This reminds me of why I left this site and why I hardly ever come anymore.

    My intent in making this thread is to send a prayer and condolences to the families of the people affected by this tragedy, to invite news updates without political undertones--particularly on the well-being on those who were injured, and to invite others to come together and be glad that you (and those you love and share your lives with) are alive and well.

    Blessing to all.

    I understand that by posting this many of those individuals on that thread will be angry at me and begin to incorporate their vitriol in this thread. Obviously, I can't control what people post here, but I hope that those who come and post reasonably don't engage the irrational or restrain from arguing or accepting others' invitations to do so. Of course, with the way things go on this site and my luck, this may well become another useless thread.



    co-sign!
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    Jan 09, 2011 2:33 AM GMT
    collegestudd saidOf course, with the way things go on this site and my luck, this may well become another useless thread.

    No, a great post, IMHO!

    Still, I do have to wonder if this shooting is the result of right-wing hysteria.

    But ya know, I DON'T know at this point. Maybe this guy is a total mental case, and politics has nothing to do with this. Perhaps we'll learn later, maybe never. I do think right-wing rhetoric has gotten out of hand, but is this an example? I can't say yet.

    So a good post, to bring us back to sanity. Let's wait a little and see.
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    Jan 09, 2011 2:38 AM GMT
    I think we all feel sympathy for the victims and their families. When watching TV today, there was initially a brief interruption to announce shots had been fired at an event the congresswoman was having. I didn't really expect that soon it was going to turn into such a tragedy, but I guess I should have figured it out since they don't usually break into regular programming just to say shots had been fired. They must have already known something and were just waiting for confirmation. Watching the coverage today has left with such a saddened heart.

    I've seen and shaken hands with my own congressmen at informal events, but I fear the days of close up personal meetings with our congresspersons may be over.
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    Jan 09, 2011 5:48 AM GMT
    collegestudd saidI'm a firm believer that most people are decent regardless of their personal views. I also believe--perhaps naively--that most people who disagree on whatever issues would otherwise come together and put their differences aside during a time of tragedy. I'm beginning to think that this site is not representative of the population in general and that many online characters here disprove my belief in human decency.

    I had the misfortune of reading several postings in the Arizona shooting thread. I'm disgusted, embarrassed, and ashamed for the majority of people there. Instead of prudently realizing this is a time for atonement, posters take an opportunity to aimlessly bicker with each other about political ideology. This reminds me of why I left this site and why I hardly ever come anymore.

    My intent in making this thread is to send a prayer and condolences to the families of the people affected by this tragedy, to invite news updates without political undertones--particularly on the well-being on those who were injured, and to invite others to come together and be glad that you (and those you love and share your lives with) are alive and well.

    Blessing to all.

    I understand that by posting this many of those individuals on that thread will be angry at me and begin to incorporate their vitriol in this thread. Obviously, I can't control what people post here, but I hope that those who come and post reasonably don't engage the irrational or restrain from arguing or accepting others' invitations to do so. Of course, with the way things go on this site and my luck, this may well become another useless thread.



    Very well articulated.
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    Jan 09, 2011 8:09 AM GMT
    collegestudd saidI'm a firm believer that most people are decent regardless of their personal views. I also believe--perhaps naively--that most people who disagree on whatever issues would otherwise come together and put their differences aside during a time of tragedy. I'm beginning to think that this site is not representative of the population in general and that many online characters here disprove my belief in human decency.

    I had the misfortune of reading several postings in the Arizona shooting thread. I'm disgusted, embarrassed, and ashamed for the majority of people there. Instead of prudently realizing this is a time for atonement, posters take an opportunity to aimlessly bicker with each other about political ideology. This reminds me of why I left this site and why I hardly ever come anymore.

    My intent in making this thread is to send a prayer and condolences to the families of the people affected by this tragedy, to invite news updates without political undertones--particularly on the well-being on those who were injured, and to invite others to come together and be glad that you (and those you love and share your lives with) are alive and well.

    Blessing to all.

    I understand that by posting this many of those individuals on that thread will be angry at me and begin to incorporate their vitriol in this thread. Obviously, I can't control what people post here, but I hope that those who come and post reasonably don't engage the irrational or restrain from arguing or accepting others' invitations to do so. Of course, with the way things go on this site and my luck, this may well become another useless thread.





    You are totally right , when a tragedy like this one happens ,our first thoughts should be for the victims and the victims families ... Politic shouldn't be involved ..................
    Thanks for having the gut to write this thread ...icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 10, 2011 3:42 AM GMT
    Not my choice of music, but a nice tribute nevertheless. Wishing all the injured a speedy recovery.