Adam Purcell This entire paragraph you wrote is blaming the victim: "Every movement needs its martyrs, but she is yet another product of Western influence via the internet that has instilled a sense of superhuman capability in cultures where there are very real human consequences. Amina said wasn’t trying to provoke anyone, which shows a dangerous lack of understanding of her own culture let alone a much more democratic one." How can you call yourself a liberal after writing that paragraph? When it comes to a girl showing her tits on Facebook and not getting death threats for it, you're damn right I'm suggesting our morals should be proliferated around the globe... through media.
Adam Purcell Joseph, given your apparent concern for the feelings of cultures who execute women for being raped above others, you're the last person I'd go to for advice on women's rights. I agree it's important to understand the morals of another culture, but to sacrifice our own critical morals to appease their barbaric ones is absolutely a crime against humanity. They do not have an exclusive right to be offended. Accept this fact: on the issue of human rights, either their culture changes or their culture goes. Threatening Muslim women who bare their breasts or plot to blowup the offices of cartoonists who printed illustrations of their prophet in a newspaper are incompatible with the future of the human race.
Adam Purcell I'm not sure I agree. As someone with ADD, I can tell you if I didn't have my decent SAT score to offset my overall grades, I probably wouldn't have gotten into college. And if I hadn't gotten into college, I wouldn't have gotten into my career. If I hadn't gotten into my career, you wouldn't be getting all of these tax dollars from me. Applicants have marketable talents that can't be always be measured by any of our standardization tests. College admissions is about what's conveyed through the big picture.
Adam Purcell I would even give Manning a pass as a "whistle blower" if there was one or two incidents that were being covered up that he felt morally compelled to bring out into the open. (For instance, the guy that blew the whistle on Abu Ghraib.) But this guy didn't blow any whistle. He simply got a high from being the guy with really cool access to sensitive stuff and taking credit for making open. It wasn't about whistle blowing... it was about the undermining-high of being a hacker. If he's convicted, I hope he gets life in prison. I'd even consider execution.
Adam Purcell I didn't think you were debating. I got your point and it was spot on. If a mass shooter broke all history, an armed school could have this guy gunned down in no time. Honestly... it's getting to the point where I'm more angry at liberals than I am the actual active shooter. I'm not saying they need to be gunned down like the shooter by citizens. I'm saying that the anti-gun liberals don't have insanity as an excuse for getting all these kids killed. I'm starting to feel like inaction should be a crime.
Adam Purcell That's correct. But in an active mass-shooter situation at a school allowing teachers to carry guns would be long over by the time you got there if it occurred at all, right? I get the argument that the risk of fratricide is highly increased if two armed citizens don't know the other is a friendly, but I'd argue again one case of fratricide that results in a neutralized shooter who would've killed 10+ people otherwise is an obvious risk worth taking. Plus, we're talking about armed teachers who know each other, not to mention the fact that they likely know which coworker is armed and willing to respond beforehand. Even that doesn't matter, given the label "armed school" alone will thwart any mass shooting, statistically speaking.
Adam Purcell And, "which person is the bad guy," is a horrible question and the policewoman that you're quoting should be sacked for asking it. Think how that one goes down. If the armed citizen shoots the bad guy before the cops get there, and the cops shoot the armed citizen, it's easy to argue that the bad guy would've shot even more innocents had the armed citizen not stopped him. Or the citizen isn't armed and gets shot anyway and the bad guy just keeps on going killing more people than otherwise would've been shot had the citizen been armed till the cops get there. I know I'm typing this and you're not going to process it.
Adam Purcell Andrea, you're really bad at this. Every single mass school shooting since the 1950s occurred at a liberal's favorite kind of place --- a GUN FREE ZONE. So of course you're having trouble finding cases of law-abiding citizens going vigilante and stopping a mass shooter. That's because the very definition of "vigilante" means law-BREAKING. Your way is flat out getting kids killed. You people who know nothing about guns also know nothing about security. The paranoia is yours.