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Old December 15th, 2012, 12:47 PM
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As many know, I've lived in Mexico now for 2.5 years. I've lived through a time when Mexico has been getting very bad press about most unfortunate violant acts.

The United states has experienced 12 mass shootings in 2012 and the problem seems to be increasing rather than waining. I would venture to say that many in the world might be questioning the wisdom of travel to the U.S., given that the U.S. has more mass shootings than any other country in the world.

We can only hope that some fruitful conversations occur to stem this continued violence before there are international travel warnings about travel to the United States.
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Its time for the elected officials to get off their derrieres and do something .
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The United states has experienced 12 mass shootings in 2012 and the problem seems to be increasing rather than waining. I would venture to say that many in the world might be questioning the wisdom of travel to the U.S., given that the U.S. has more mass shootings than any other country in the world.
Chuck, don't know accuracy of your last statement. This article talks of at least four in one week in Mexico:

Family murdered in central Mexico, three children among the dead | Reuters

I am trying to get annual statirstic for Mexico. Of course, Norway had the worst event in simple numbers of deaths at one time.

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It is still one of the wonderful places to live in the world. I have lived out of the country many times, and it gave me great pleasure to come back to my home country.

Many years ago, a German man asked me if our streets were really paved with gold. Just like then, people around the world are getting the wrong impression that we are a lawless country, filled with uncaring people, and it's simply not true.
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This horrendous tragedy was indeed, among the worst school shootings in history. It was not, however, the worst school tragedy as a result of terroristic acts, which includes one about which your average American has probably never even heard.


That occurred in Bath Township Michigan in 1927 wherein a disgruntled school Board member took at the least, several weeks to months to surreptitiously wire the entire school with Dynamite and another explosive.

The bomb was detonated by a timing device when the school was in session. Emergency responders were arriving when the bomber pulled up in his car that was packed with shrapnel and a case of dynamite and detonated that as well killing among others, the school superintendent.

When the carnage ended, 38 students and 8 adults were dead. If there is a saving grace in the story, it is that a lot of the explosives wired throughout the basement of the school failed to detonate and only one section of the school actually blew up. Had all of the explosive detonated the results would have been far far worse.


As many have alluded, we obviously have failed to learn that there is unspeakable evil everywhere, even in our own country and it doesn't just have to be by shooting. I think the above referenced incident and the Murrah Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City in 1998 underscores that fact.
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From my side of the pond, we are still in shock and so very sad.

What continues to baffle us why do so many people carry guns or feel the need to carry guns. I will never get my head round it.

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I don't think government can do anything about this. The guy was mentally unbalanced. A school mate said he had no friends. If anyone is/was to blame, the boy's mother should have seen that he wasn't socializing well. She should have gotten help for him long ago. He needed a father, too.

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