Ken Catalino by Ken Catalino

Ken Catalino

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  1. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, almost 3 years ago

    Question: What can be done to reduce gun violence?

    Answer: Y’ain’t takin’ away my guns.

    Repeat ad infinitum. Nothing to see here.

  2. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, almost 3 years ago

    Catalino takes on someone or something besides Obama. Cool.

  3. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, almost 3 years ago

    The idea of considering what we can do to reduce violence, regardless of cause, is a good one, and thank you for bringing it up. I am not sure that “most” violence is a result of drug use; certainly many crimes are. On the other hand, I don’t believe there has been any evidence of drug use in the Aurora theater shootings, at Sandy Hook, or in the most recent murder in Massachusetts.

    I also have newspaper clippings telling about the mom in Maryland who shot her 14-year-old son because he wouldn’t give her the TV remote control, and the guy in New York who shot his fiancée to death because he didn’t approve of the bid she made in their bridge game. I also have a friend who moved after his child witnessed a mother coming to the playground to settle a dispute between her kid and someone else’s…..with a pistol. Drug-related? Hard to know. Violent? Without a doubt.

    Violence overall is the issue. Guns just make it easier and faster to make mayhem, and to be more effective at wounding or killing.

    Still, my point is the same. Nothing will be done. If we ask, we will be told that now is not the time to ask.

    Our society believes itself to be spiritual/religious. And we tell ourselves that our spiritual guidance tells us to love one another. And then we ignore it completely, while calling Islam a violent religion. Oh, if only there was a mirror nearby…..

  4. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, almost 3 years ago

    It appears you missed my point entirely. Certainly, you have misread me if you believe what you wrote about my “demands that people who have never committed any crime be convicted for those of others”. That is just not true. I do not demand anything, nor have I ever said that others should pay for crimes they did not commit. I think it would be hard to find anyone anywhere who would advocate that.

    My point was that the question and the answer do not go together. My question (not a demand): “What can we do to reduce gun violence?” Where did you see me ask “How do we confiscate all guns from everyone?” Yet, that’s the knee-jerk reaction, that you so well demonstrated. I did not mention confiscation. I did not say I had the answers, or that your answers are wrong. I asked a simple question. You are not the first, nor will you be the last, to answer that question the way it was answered. And this is why I posted that it will continue to repeat. If you continue to answer a question with an answer that does not address the question being asked, nothing will ever be solved.

  5. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, almost 3 years ago

    Good points. No doubt that parenting, or the lack of same, has resulted in the dissolution of values in our society. It is interesting that you need a license to get married but not to reproduce (not that I’m advocating….just an observation).

    And the popularity of violent video games also speaks volumes about the need for proper parenting. The fact that teachers are expected to teach manners is another sign.

    All of this boils down to a lack of respect: for family, for community, for the rule of law. And we see much proof of the lack of respect for each other in some of the posts on GoComics.

    Respect must be taught, but respect must also be earned. How our society can regain respect is open to debate, but I will agree that it will be necessary, and soon.

  6. l84lnup

    l84lnup said, almost 3 years ago

    i’m sorry but this is the usual change the subject, insult the people who don’t share your views and call the nazis. i thought liberals were supposed to be open minded and accepting of others views? what happened to the often hyped tolerance of the left?

  7. cjr53

    cjr53 said, almost 3 years ago

    No, dead is dead. Where is your source? People are also dead for lack of health care.

  8. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, almost 3 years ago

    " it sounds a lot like you are implying that if the “answer” was “take away my guns” it would stop the “repeat ad infinitum” part. "

    Thank you for your clarifying this for me. In doing so, you have proven the very point I was trying (evidently poorly) to make. I know exactly how he/she misunderstood my question: just the way you did.

    You imply that I imply that I have a ready-made answer to my own question that I’m ready to let fly when the time is right. You also assume that you know what that answer will be. Since you don’t like that answer, you don’t like me saying it, even though I didn’t. So, conversation over before it starts.

    You and cubefarmer are only two of the literally dozens of people who have answered this same question the same way. Honestly, I can’t remember a single person who owns a weapon who has ever attempted to answer the question any other way. It is unfortunate that so many people assume sinister intent from a simple honest question, but it’s a terrific example of 21st-Century bipartisanship and willingness to work towards common ground. If you come to the peace conference expecting war, it is war you will receive.

  9. faramir 214

    faramir 214 said, almost 3 years ago

    Churchillwasright, your points need to be repeated. With both Sandy Hook and this latest case, this guns were legally obtained by a family member of the person who committed the crime. There are already laws in some states if your gun was used in a crime, but they are not always strictly enforced. Also add civil penalties to the mix. If a gun owner doesn’t take resonable means to secure their gun and it is used in a crime, then the victim or their family should have an easy time to include them in a lawsuit. If faced with possible prison time and losing a large lawsuit, I would hope the gun owners out there not securing their guns would quickly find a way to do so.

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