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Sat Mar 24, 2018, 10:24 AM

My 16 year old daughters letter to the Editor got published in our major paper today! No more fear!

No more fear

EDITOR: I am a student at Santa Rosa High School, and after the recent shootings I am not only infuriated but also terrified. Before the shooting, my biggest fears in school were failing a math test or studying for the SAT. From now on, I will be hesitant to leave the classroom in case I need to take cover from a bullet.

When I hear a loud bang, I assume itís a gunshot rather than a student dumping out a recycling bin. I hate living in fear for my life when I step onto campus. I am done worrying if today will be the last day I see my best friend before she is shot. I am done worrying about the 2,000-plus lives of students and faculty on a daily basis and whether they will be here tomorrow.


No child should have to live with these fears. No teacher should have to worry about whether he or she will need to shield students from bullets. And no parent should have to worry whether their child will be home for dinner that night.

This is an unacceptable way to live, and we want change. We want it now.

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Reply My 16 year old daughters letter to the Editor got published in our major paper today! No more fear! (Original post)
ChubbyStar Mar 2018 OP
Lindsay Mar 2018 #1
Bluepinky Mar 2018 #2
MLAA Mar 2018 #3
Motownman78 Mar 2018 #4
packman Mar 2018 #8
barbtries Mar 2018 #30
packman Mar 2018 #33
emmadoggy Mar 2018 #35
DBoon Mar 2018 #52
TNNurse Mar 2018 #12
olegramps Mar 2018 #17
barbtries Mar 2018 #31
MyOwnPeace Mar 2018 #23
3catwoman3 Mar 2018 #49
efhmc Mar 2018 #25
Hermit-The-Prog Mar 2018 #29
jalan48 Mar 2018 #5
world wide wally Mar 2018 #6
Wounded Bear Mar 2018 #7
pandr32 Mar 2018 #9
rurallib Mar 2018 #10
Happyhippychick Mar 2018 #11
Ligyron Mar 2018 #13
TNNurse Mar 2018 #15
mountain grammy Mar 2018 #14
ProfessorGAC Mar 2018 #16
smirkymonkey Mar 2018 #18
BobTheSubgenius Mar 2018 #19
Hortensis Mar 2018 #20
KT2000 Mar 2018 #21
Canoe52 Mar 2018 #22
MyOwnPeace Mar 2018 #24
appalachiablue Mar 2018 #26
Leghorn21 Mar 2018 #27
ChubbyStar Mar 2018 #37
Leghorn21 Mar 2018 #38
raven mad Mar 2018 #28
Post removed Mar 2018 #32
ChubbyStar Mar 2018 #34
oberliner Mar 2018 #39
ChubbyStar Mar 2018 #40
oberliner Mar 2018 #41
ChubbyStar Mar 2018 #42
RandomAccess Mar 2018 #36
Demsrule86 Mar 2018 #43
bdamomma Mar 2018 #44
mcar Mar 2018 #45
MineralMan Mar 2018 #46
Upthevibe Mar 2018 #47
stopwastingmymoney Mar 2018 #48
ChubbyStar Mar 2018 #51
riversedge Mar 2018 #50
NanceGreggs Mar 2018 #53
ChubbyStar Mar 2018 #54
NanceGreggs Mar 2018 #55
VOX Mar 2018 #56
Mortos Mar 2018 #57
CrispyQ Mar 2018 #58

Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 10:27 AM

1. Kudos to her,

and to you.

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 10:28 AM

2. Good letter!

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 10:29 AM

3. Outstanding. You must (with all good reason) be so proud of her.

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 10:33 AM

4. That is a big problem in our country

 

Too many people living in fear, and the realization that you and your daughter are 4,500 times more likely to be killed in an auto accident on the way to school then in a school shooting, that fear is really unfounded. Over 40,000 killed in auto accidents in 2017. 9 school shooting deaths in 2017.

Sorry, this might not be popular, but I am sick and tired of living in a country infested with Fear. Fear got us Donald Trump after all.

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Response to Motownman78 (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 11:07 AM

8. Difference between auto drivers and gun owners

Need a license to drive - none needed for gun ownership
Must pass a test to drive - None needed for shooting a gun
Must be at least a certain age to drive - No age limit to own a gun
Must abide about rules/regulations of the road - Do as you will with gun
Must be insured for possible harm to another - No insurance needed
Car must have min. safety equipment for protection of self and others - guns none

The NRA infested this country with fear. Everyone and anyone owning a gun makes a society unsafe.

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Response to packman (Reply #8)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 01:47 PM

30. i would add

most of us need to drive to get around and carry out the tasks of our daily lives, so the risk while real is something we can deal with. that must inform why we don't all quake in our boots every time we have to cross a street or get into a motor vehicle. we don't need guns to live unless we're hunters living off the land. this dynamic of more and more guns, automatic killing machines with no other function, can and must change.

common sense. no other developed country is so victimized by the gun and it's just crazy and unnecessary.

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Response to barbtries (Reply #30)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 02:07 PM

33. Amen to that

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Response to barbtries (Reply #30)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 03:51 PM

35. Yes.

The PURPOSE of a vehicle is to transport people. It provides a service and convenience in our lives. Most of us need one to function in today's society. While the use of cars does result in human deaths, most do not die from INTENTIONAL harm.

The only PURPOSE of a gun is to kill. It is not needed for most of us to function in life and does not provide any valuable service or convenience. Most gun deaths are the result of INTENTIONAL harm.

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Response to barbtries (Reply #30)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 10:59 PM

52. Cars are designed for transportation

Guns are designed to kill

You need to get to work and other places, a car is usually the only option

How many times do you need to kill someone? Why should owning a machine to efficiently kill be part of someone's life?

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Response to Motownman78 (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 11:23 AM

12. Wow, I do not agree with your logic.

Accidents by definition are not intentional. Some are preventable, but not all. School shootings are intentional. These two events are NOT comparable.

I graduated from high school in 1967, in the previous 12 years I did know there was a possibility of a car wreck, not once was I concerned about a school shooting. Things have changed.

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Response to Motownman78 (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 11:50 AM

17. For me its not the fear, but the thought of the little tykes who were massacred, now the teens.

Little innocent children murdered in cold blood turns my stomach. If Sandy Hook didn't convinced people that these weapons must be restricted I don't know what would ever convinced them. I realize that the vast majority of people who have these assault weapons will not use them to kill kids or anyone for that matter. They appear to so enamored with their so-called rights that they are unable to comprehend that to stop them from falling into the hands of a psychopath that they should sacrifice their right for the good of all. It is so insane that the NRA is opposing the banning of "bunt stops" that turn a semiautomatic weapon into a machine gun. It is not hard to imagine what the police could be forced to confront, let alone innocent citizens. This is utter madness without restraint. Their answer is arm up! What's next; people with rocket launchers, flamethrowers, a tank equipped with 50 caliber machine guns? Just what the little misses needs to go shopping at the local supermarket. Sling on your AK47, or what ever, as you head out door on your way to work. Insanity!

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Response to olegramps (Reply #17)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 01:49 PM

31. exactly, it's not the fear

it's the tragic, senseless, ceaseless loss of life and limb.

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Response to Motownman78 (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 12:51 PM

23. No, there are NO accidents with guns!

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Response to MyOwnPeace (Reply #23)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 09:16 PM

49. Ex-freakin'-zactly!

So-called gun "accidents" are entirely preventable if people would only use their brains.

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Response to Motownman78 (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 01:02 PM

25. Your analagy stinks.

Very few of us need a gun to transport us anywhere.

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Response to Motownman78 (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 01:44 PM

29. apples to machetes

How many students died, in class, from maniacs driving a car through the school?

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 10:45 AM

5. Congrats to you and your daughter. Sounds like she's received some good parenting as well.

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 10:58 AM

6. Words of wisdom


This is an unacceptable way to live

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 11:00 AM

7. K & R...for visibility...nt

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 11:09 AM

9. Excellent!

No more fear should become a slogan.

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Response to pandr32 (Reply #9)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 11:14 AM

10. Well stated

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 11:21 AM

11. How proud you must be!!!

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 11:30 AM

13. Why be terrified just in school?

If your worried about gun violence you are at risk absolutely everywhere, church, the mall, etc.

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Response to Ligyron (Reply #13)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 11:32 AM

15. Unfortunately, you are correct.

Nowhere in this country is safe from gun violence...oh, except many government buildings and NRA meetings.

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 11:31 AM

14. And NPR felt the need to report

a March for our Guns in Montana. That was NPR, not Fox. The media will decide not to report corporate misdeeds, Congressional misdeeds, and so much more, but it's important we know that the gun nuts are marching in Montana, a low population state with far too many Nazis. WTF?

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 11:33 AM

16. Brava To Your Daughter!

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 11:55 AM

18. Bravo!

Well done! You must be very proud of your daughter. She sounds like a very bright young lady.

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 11:58 AM

19. That's a damned fine LTE for someone of any age.

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 12:09 PM

20. Good letter and I'd be proud of her also.

I hope that fear is mostly hyperbole, though, understandable to make the point for the letter, but she shouldn't be living with it for real.

To put this in perspective for everyone, there are something like 4 million students in 100,000 PUBLIC schools in this nation and goodness knows how many classrooms. In addition are all the students at 30,000 private schools.

According to the WaPo, approximately 193 schools have had a shooting on campus since Columbine in 1990. Most students in most schools didn't hear about it until afterward and were not in danger.

School shootings are extremely rare, and they are actually a very small part of the epidemic of gun violence. Just so she knows.







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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 12:10 PM

21. Good for her

to say this. Too many are not listening.

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 12:43 PM

22. Yea for your daughter!

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 12:53 PM

24. Her report card:

Essay: A+

(your parents should take you out for dinner for such good work!)

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 01:03 PM

26. Wonderful letter- passionate, determined & to the point. And she's right!

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 01:10 PM

27. Your darlin young one has blown whats left of my old mind!! Kudos, bravo, and thanks for posting!!

RESPECT

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Response to Leghorn21 (Reply #27)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 05:12 PM

37. She said to give you a BIG HUG!

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Response to ChubbyStar (Reply #37)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 05:59 PM

38. Oh, mmmmmmwah!!! So many thanks, Chubby!!

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 01:38 PM

28. Wow, what a wonderful young woman!

Watch out world, ChubbyStar's daughter is out to kick some butt in a thoughtful, intelligent way. You GO, girl!

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Sat Mar 24, 2018, 02:29 PM

34. Did you attend college? Did you take SAT exams? n/t

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Response to ChubbyStar (Reply #34)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 06:24 PM

39. Yes to both

 

I think it's high time we considered alternatives.

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Response to oberliner (Reply #39)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 06:34 PM

40. Then feel free to start your own thread on the horrors of the SAT

I'm sure it will be well received.

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Response to ChubbyStar (Reply #40)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 06:36 PM

41. It was just a side note, as I said

 

In response to this OP where the student talked about how the SAT was her biggest fear in school prior to the shooting. This is not the first time I had come across that sentiment. Just a little food for thought.

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Response to oberliner (Reply #41)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 06:38 PM

42. Junk food

Bye! Have a great night.

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 04:28 PM

36. Excellelnt. It's very powerful hearing about the fear these kids

 

are living with. I noticed today that even tho I was already quite sympathetic, it nevertheless had a fairly strong effect on me.

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 06:41 PM

43. Great letter.

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 06:44 PM

44. Excellent

none of us should live in fear especially our most prized possessions our children.

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 06:47 PM

45. K&R!

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 07:11 PM

46. Brava!

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 07:33 PM

47. Excellent!

Well done.........

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 08:33 PM

48. Hi neighbor, I'm in Santa Rosa too

And, I'm so damn proud of all of these kids...

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Response to stopwastingmymoney (Reply #48)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 10:41 PM

51. Howdy neighbor

Nice to see another Sonoma County peep!

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 10:27 PM

50. Tell her congrats.

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 11:20 PM

53. Excellent!!!

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Response to NanceGreggs (Reply #53)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 11:36 PM

54. Thank you Nance

I shared with mini ChubbyStar some of your posts tonight, and she considers it an honor that you applauded her LTE.

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Response to ChubbyStar (Reply #54)

Sat Mar 24, 2018, 11:53 PM

55. The applause is well deserved!

It's a really good piece - she hit all the right notes!

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sun Mar 25, 2018, 07:12 AM

56. Absolutely outstanding. Excellent writing.

Her words brought to mind a new concern: all this blunt existential apprehension and anxiety obviously canít be healthy for kids during their more impressionable years.

If their young minds must remain so hypervigilant to just get through each school day, the stress could cut neural pathways that trigger anxiety, which in turn generates avoidance behaviors.

On top of all the lives taken and the physical injuries inflicted as direct result of these endless shootings, what the hell will happen when the psychological damage begins to more fully emerge, and kids develop debilitating behavioral disorders in epidemic numbers?

Your daughter is amazingly perceptive. Iím so sorry that she has to live in such fear on a daily basis. But never give up, ever.

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sun Mar 25, 2018, 08:39 AM

57. Bravo!

These kids give me hope.

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Response to ChubbyStar (Original post)

Sun Mar 25, 2018, 09:50 AM

58. Outstanding letter!

to your daughter!

I love young activists!

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