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    N.C. Teenager Kills Himself After Threatening Fellow High School Students at Gunpoint

    HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — A teenager shot and killed himself Wednesday shortly after pointing a handgun at two other students in a high school parking lot, police said.
    Schools in Huntersville were locked down after the 16-year-old, whose name wasn't released, made threatening gestures in a parking lot at North Mecklenburg High School, police said.
    The student, who attended the school, turned the gun on himself when police confronted him at a gas station, said Capt. Michael Kee of the Huntersville Police Department. He later died, said Tahira Stalbert, a spokeswoman for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,266843,00.html

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    Why?

    Just why.
    Just thinkin' out loud....


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    I almost hate to say this, but thank God he did not harm others in the midst of his suicide. Prayers of thanksgiving for that, and prayers of comfort to his family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hipmamajen View Post
    Why?

    Just why.
    Because your country has a huge problem with guns.
    Anyone can get one, and anyone does.

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    Is what happened in West Va. causing others who also contemplate suicide to "act out"? Add this to the guy in California and it's CRAZY - people are just waiting in the wings.

    I am sorry that they put pictures of Cho and his guns on the TV, internet, and the FRONT OF SOME NEWSPAPERS. So disrespectful to the families; and now other copycats want to be martyrs for anti-society anger and ideation as well!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by narlacat View Post
    Because your country has a huge problem with guns.
    Anyone can get one, and anyone does.
    How are Australia's gun laws different, Narla?

    Don't you think your society in general might be less troubled, also?

    Please tell us the difference between Australia and USA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hipmamajen View Post
    Why?

    Just why.
    Because Cho is put on the front of newspapers and glorified by the "Dark Side".

    Because if you're thinking of suicide, Cho showed you how to do it, and that it's not that hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marthatex View Post
    Is what happened in West Va. causing others who also contemplate suicide to "act out"? Add this to the guy in California and it's CRAZY - people are just waiting in the wings.

    I am sorry that they put pictures of Cho and his guns on the TV, internet, and the FRONT OF SOME NEWSPAPERS. So disrespectful to the families; and now other copycats want to be martyrs for anti-society anger and ideation as well!!!!!
    I had an IEP meeting this morning and was in my daughter's classroom. What's laying on the counter in full view of everyone? Our stupid newspaper that decided to print those horrible pictures of that killer and his guns!!!!!!!!

    I flipped it over, but I knew it was basically like that in all the classrooms. (K-8 school). Granted, this classroom is special ed and the children there might not "get it", but still!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by narlacat View Post
    Because your country has a huge problem with guns.
    Anyone can get one, and anyone does.
    HE had a problem with guns and what to use them for. I don't think you can blame our country for this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by narlacat View Post
    Because your country has a huge problem with guns.
    Anyone can get one, and anyone does.
    true but Australia is little better--that blonde surfer guy murdered dozens of people for no reason about ten years ago,one of the worst shooting rampages in World Hisory--And Britain,who has strict gun laws had that insane Scotsman who shot to death SIXTEEN 4 year olds and 5 year olds,little boys and girls,which,to me is a greater crime than what Cho did--and Canada had the Montreal Massacre where that guy shot to death over 12 women students--and England had that other massacre in Heretofordshire or some place,where he killed about a dozen people---and Japan just had the Mayor of Nagasaki murdered! and they have strictest gun laws around--so you see my point


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    Quote Originally Posted by Taximom View Post
    HE had a problem with guns and what to use them for. I don't think you can blame our country for this!
    Your gun laws are loose, your country is the only country that has a school shoot up at least once a year- I'm not quite sure how you can't see your society has a problem with guns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Hamilton View Post
    true but Australia is little better--that blonde surfer guy murdered dozens of people for no reason about ten years ago,one of the worst shooting rampages in World Hisory--And Britain,who has strict gun laws had that insane Scotsman who shot to death SIXTEEN 4 year olds and 5 year olds,little boys and girls,which,to me is a greater crime than what Cho did--and Canada had the Montreal Massacre where that guy shot to death over 12 women students--and England had that other massacre in Heretofordshire or some place,where he killed about a dozen people---and Japan just had the Mayor of Nagasaki murdered! and they have strictest gun laws around--so you see my point
    Peter
    You can give me statistics but it wont change my mind-
    whichever way you look at it, your society has a problem with it's gun laws-

    It stands as the worse- 35 dead- 2 more than the Virginia tech rampage.

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    Sort of off-topic but not really I suppose. I just read a quote from Mayor Bloomberg where he stated that the majority of guns used in crimes in NYC are purchased in VA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marthatex View Post
    How are Australia's gun laws different, Narla?

    Don't you think your society in general might be less troubled, also?

    Please tell us the difference between Australia and USA.
    We don't give them to just anyone- that's the basic difference.

    Quite possibly Tex- and there aren't as many people here as they are there-

    Australia is better lol lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marthatex View Post
    How are Australia's gun laws different, Narla?

    Don't you think your society in general might be less troubled, also?

    Please tell us the difference between Australia and USA.
    You can't own handguns in Australia, i believe. you can't own them in Germany or Britain also.

    i believe this happened after a man in Tasmainia ran wild. i know this happened after a man in scotland shot 16 5 and 6 year-olds and 1 teacher in what is known as the Dunblaine Massacre in 1996.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunblane_Massacre

    Cultural impact
    As the law stood at the time, the police were unable to revoke Hamilton's firearms certificate (gun licence) because there were no substantiated grounds to do so. Although one Central Scotland Police officer had recommended (in a lengthy report on Hamilton) that revoking his firearms certificate should be considered, this was overruled as the Deputy Chief Constable considered that he would be able to appeal successfully. The Deputy Chief Constable resigned at the same time as Lord Cullen's report into the massacre was published.
    The Cullen Inquiry recommended tighter control of handgun ownership as well as other changes in school security and vetting of people working with children under 18. However because the Hungerford massacre also involved a legal gun owner killing with his legally held guns, public feeling had turned against private gun ownership, allowing a much more restrictive ban on handguns to pass.
    A month later, Martin Bryant killed 35 people in the Port Arthur Massacre in Tasmania, Australia. The chief defence psychiatrist in the case has revealed that the Dunblane massacre, and in particular the early treatment of Thomas Hamilton, was the trigger in Bryant's mind for the Port Arthur massacre.[1]


    Port Arthur Massacre

    As a response to the spree killing, the Howard government banned semi-automatic centerfire rifles, high-capacity repeating shotguns and high-capacity rifle magazines. In addition to this, heavy limitations were also put into place on low-capacity repeating shotguns and rimfire semi-automatic rifles. The Tasmanian state government attempted to ignore this directive but was threatened with a number of penalties from the federal government. Though this resulted in stirring controversy, most Government opposition to the new laws was silenced by media opinion and mounting public opinion in the wake of the shootings (see Gun politics in Australia for more information on the 1996 legislation).


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Bryant

    Much more at both Wikipedia sites.

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