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Member Rara Avis
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25 posted 03-01-2000 04:30 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Marilyn - this is terrible to hear of. May I say that there is also an awful parallel here in New Zealand - a 6 year child set a little 5 year old girl's clothes on fire yesterday - fortunately she lived, but has suffered extensive burns to her groin and thighs - I hope she recovers fully.

It is a sad thing to see children in possession of potential weapons. I agree also with what you say of gun laws. We aren't allowed guns here in New Zealand - not on an everyday basis and are fairly strict - so there aren't many tragedies involving children - but still, there are some - and that is too many.

Well done on your poem - and for bringing into our lives.

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26 posted 03-01-2000 05:56 AM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

A terrible tragedy for an innocent child to lose his life due to a foolish adult lacking the intelligence and responsibility to keep the gun in a safe and secure place.  They might as well leave the car keys out so their children can drive the car or leave poisons under their sink so the children can drink it.  Children do not know the dangers there.  Does a small child know that they must stay out of the street?  A wake up call for all parents.   James
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27 posted 03-01-2000 06:14 AM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

Marilyn, This is truly sad, somehow things need to change for the better in this world, people need to stop solving problems with violence. Families need to become more aware of where their priorities lie when it comes to their children. I have not listened to any news about this story yet, so I am not well versed on the circumstance of this one other than what I've read here, but no matter the circumstances innocence was lost in such a tragic form of stupidity on the part of the adults involved.
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28 posted 03-01-2000 01:18 PM       View Profile for Sven   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sven

Speaking from Michigan. . . let me say that this is possibly the worst thing that could have happened here. . .our schools are already under attack on so many academic and funding levels that we've forgotten to take care of the children. . .

There are school districts in this state that have been taken over by the state government because they are in such disarray. . . in one district, not one 7th grader passed all the parts of the state standardized test. . .

And now this. . .and of course, there will be the common culprits. . . TV, movies, music, the internet. . . but where does blame really lie?  Can we place blame?

Something to think about my friends. . .something to think about as we continue to fight for peace. . .not just for us. . .but for our children too. . .


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29 posted 03-01-2000 03:35 PM       View Profile for sonjes   Email sonjes   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sonjes

How very sad since I have a six year old daughter myself and this happened at my birthplace, Flint.  I would like to think that when my daughter goes to school that she is safe, but we can never be sure, can we?  You have given me more food for thought, Marilyn.
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30 posted 03-01-2000 04:18 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Marilyn: It is senseless and this kind of tragedy will always be so but I truly believe that most parents sanction it, we see so many violent programs on television and these children take it in, we hear men and women talk of violence and little children pick up on it, we see homeless and think it normal...I HATE violence as most of us do but how many of us stop our children from watching it, teach them to be loving and strong and to speak freely of their own opinions?..So often, young adults will group together, a little afraid to be an individual but more prone to being 'one' of a crowd...

I'm afraid I blame parents here and before anyone thinks I blame 'all' parents, I don't, only those without enough time to give to their children.


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31 posted 03-06-2000 12:48 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

A sigh, a tear and a bowed head in response.
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32 posted 03-06-2000 01:05 AM       View Profile for just_another_fe   Email just_another_fe   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit just_another_fe's Home Page   View IP for just_another_fe

I know a lot of u will disagree with me but coming from a family of hunters i say guns do serve a purpose. its not the guns fault and its not either of the kids fault. It the person that was ignorent enough to leave the gun where the child had  access to it.You cant take away the ammendmebt "right to bare arms" but ignorance can be changed. its a great poem and  my heart goes out to both families. lets pray 4 them  
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