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Sad by Loretto on 27 February 2013 6:18pm
 
So I am in class last night and my phone starts to do a funny BEEP BEEP noise along with about fifteen other people's phones. We, as teachers, were being notified of an Amber alert, which is a kidnapping. AS I drive home on the Merritt neon signs are also flashing Amber alert.

Here's what happened:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2285246/Grandmother-shoots-dead-young-grandchildren-turning-gun--mother-waited-arrive-year-olds-birthday-party.html

I can't even wrap my head around how the parents of those children feel. Mental illness is such a sad and tragic thing in families. Such a tragedy.
 
Re: Sad by suzulu on 28 February 2013 12:35am
 
How dreadful! So tragic.
 
Re: Sad by johnnyBgood! on 28 February 2013 7:45am
 
Most Americans are mentally ill and most have guns. Bad combination.
 
Re: Sad by JanW on 28 February 2013 9:19am
 
I have worked out four combinations so far…
Not mentally ill + has guns = recruited by law enforcement
Mentally ill + does not have guns = locked away…sorry, they get treatment
Not mentally ill + does not have guns = lives in fear
Mentally ill + has guns = rules
I will soon become mentally ill if I keep hearing this sort of news, think I should get a gun just to feel safer?
I am confused.
 
Re: Sad by Wheelrim on 28 February 2013 12:01pm
 
I keep saying... As long as parents buy their kids these Video Games that almost all, bar none, involve someone `wiping someone or something out` then wonder what the kid is up to when he/she wants to see what its like to `wipe someone or something out` in real life, then it will continue.
Sickening is it not?
 
Re: Sad by Loretto on 28 February 2013 1:41pm
 
Yes. It is sickening. America has a 6% lead on Ukraine in WHO's ranking of mental illness around the globe. America is 26% and Ukraine is 20%.

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/5111202/ns/health-mental_health/t/global-study-finds-mental-illness-widespread/

It has nothing to do with money or wealth, Nigeria scored lowest!

http://www.forbes.com/2007/02/15/depression-world-rate-forbeslife-cx_avd_0216depressed.html

That's interesting. Are people happiest when they have less financially and have limited choices? If we can afford less does it mean we just have to accept our lot and our definition of success is different? Who knows, maybe in countries like the US people have been fed this line of BS that to be successful you must be rich, beautiful etc, and there is more widespread sense of failure which leads to depression?

Oh, I'm just thinking outloud here and solving nothing.
 
Re: Sad by Loretto on 28 February 2013 2:36pm
 
http://breisebreiseleighgoleire1969.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/perfection-and-success/

Just mulling things over.
 
Re: Sad by Ken Dunn on 28 February 2013 7:57pm
 
We are not well off but we work hard to earn an income and enjoy the simple things of life. We do not have any desire for guns as they are a very dangerous weapon and they are licensed in the UK. Unfortunately there are a few mentally ill people in the UK who have them. Fortunately our paths have never crossed.
 
Re: Sad by tucsonmike on 1 March 2013 11:46am
 
A terrible tragedy, in which the kids should never have been released to her. Johnny read the stuff about the Pistorius case and South Africa. They have us beat.
 



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