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Whatever happened to......
By Virginia E. Atkinson


April 24, 2007
Tuesday PM

Whenever tragedy happens in this country it seems like it's always someone else's fault. Blame the Bush Administration, blame the School Administration, blame teachers, the judge, other students. When a situation goes bad and it ends in loss of life, blame too much violence in movies, television, blame bullies, blame, blame, blame, why don't I ever hear the individual is the one responsible for their own actions? That's all I ever see in this country everyday when something goes wrong, the fingers are pointing everywhere, never at the individual causing harm or death to others. It's always someone else's fault.

When I viewed the student's video clip all I saw were excuses upon more excuses and blame for what went wrong in 'Cho's' life, nothing was his fault. Was he truly mentally ill or just wanted attention and revenge for anyone that did him wrong? Cho had what some youngsters couldn't have, a college education, he was fortunate enough to be furthering his education, so many kids now days aren't fortunate enough to have that chance, but one day Cho decided to toss all that down the drain because something wasn't going his way. Whatever happened to 'personal responsibility? It doesn't seem to exist anymore.

Adding more gun laws won't do the trick, we already have thousands upon thousands of laws in this country and none of those laws are preventing criminals from killing their next victim. Some laws are totally useless, this country has enough laws to reach the moon and back ten times over, and making more laws won't stop criminals.

The system needs to change somehow, gun dealers need to know who they should not be selling to. In this case, the gun dealer found out the person was a mental case, and found out after the fact.

Virginia E. Atkinson
Metlakatla, Alaska

Received April 24, 2007 - Published April 24, 2007

About: "Long time Metlakatla resident."



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