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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 08:35 PM

Why was there no similar outrage for the Amish school mass murder in 2006?

People and pundits are all talking about how this murder, being of multiple children in a place that should be safe, is so different from everything that has come before, that it changes priorities, etc.

People act as if this hasn't happened before, and recently.

The Amish school incident was very similar to this one, and in a way worse. He went into the school, let the boys out, and kept the girls for the purpose of murdering them. There were heroics among the girls, believe it or not. One older girl did something to protect her younger sister, knowing she would be killed. She was. All those little girls stood against the wall in that small schoolroom, with the doors nailed shut by the shooter, staring at the barrel of his gun(s), knowing he was going to shoot them. It wasn't that quick. He shot each one, one by one, multiple times. Every area of the room was splattered with blood.

One child survived, after being shot in the head. She is wheelchair bound, paralyzed, and cannot speak or function normally. I think another survived and functions more or less normally.

The shooter then shot himself, as is typical of these guys.

This guy had planned this out for a month or more, it was determined.

It was a horror of an incident. So why? Why is that incident not something to be outraged over, but Sandy Hook is? Not to take away from the horror of Sandy Hook, but I don't see any reason people would distinguish between the children in 2006 and the children in 2012.

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Reply Why was there no similar outrage for the Amish school mass murder in 2006? (Original post)
Honeycombe8 Dec 2012 OP
elleng Dec 2012 #1
intheflow Dec 2012 #2
cali Dec 2012 #3
Logical Dec 2012 #7
pnwmom Dec 2012 #11
Honeycombe8 Dec 2012 #13
one_voice Dec 2012 #4
bigendian Dec 2012 #5
devilgrrl Dec 2012 #6
proud2BlibKansan Dec 2012 #18
H2O Man Dec 2012 #8
pnwmom Dec 2012 #9
rustydog Dec 2012 #10
GObamaGO Dec 2012 #12
rug Dec 2012 #14
derby378 Dec 2012 #15
underpants Dec 2012 #16
JI7 Dec 2012 #17

Response to Honeycombe8 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 08:38 PM

1. There was.

We don't distinguish. We are, however, further removed from the Amish school/community/culture.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 08:40 PM

2. It was during the Bush years.

Only gun worshippers were allowed to go in front of cameras.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 08:43 PM

3. Are you kidding? There was both enormous coverage and outrage

I guess you've forgotten.

Furthermore, I think you have to account for the cumulative effect of the mass shootings that have occurred over the past couple of years, as well as the fact that 5 people died in that horror and 27 died in Sandy Hook Elementary.

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Response to cali (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 08:58 PM

7. VA Tech was worse than this one. And nothing changed. Why?? Only children matter I guess.

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Response to cali (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 09:02 PM

11. There was outrage, but not as much coverage. But that makes sense,

because the Amish don't want publicity.

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Response to cali (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 09:04 PM

13. There was nat'l coverage and people were horrified. But no Repubs on TV talking about gun control...

no official statements by Democrats and Republicans alike agreeing that something has to be done, like banning big mags or assault weapons. No coverage of the funerals.

This time, gun control will be passed. There was no gun control passed after the 2006 incident.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 08:43 PM

4. Oh God I remember that...

it was horrible. I cried then too.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 08:55 PM

5. It was horrible and an outrage.

The families forgave the shooter. That tends to end cycles of rage.

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Response to devilgrrl (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 09:11 PM

18. +1

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 09:00 PM

8. baloney

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 09:01 PM

9. The Amish wanted no publicity. People were respecting their wishes. n/t

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 09:01 PM

10. One may not be worse than the other, but the nation requires a tipping-point

before actionn is taken. The senseless murder of 20 children and 6 adults may be that tipping point.

It doesn't need to be a mass killing. What about Trayvon Martins senseless murder?
the child, in bed, hit by a stray bullet in a gan-related drive-by? What about my friend being shot in the back 5 times by his soon to be x-wife?

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 09:02 PM

12. I was just as outraged by the Amish school shooting as I am this most recent one.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 09:05 PM

14. Because their extraordinary forgiveness and embrace of the shooter's family became the story.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 09:06 PM

15. Good point

It's like the difference between Jon-Benet Ramsey and "Girl X" in Chicago. The blond, blue-eyed white girl from a middle-class neighborhood in Colorado gets all the attention, while the poor black girl left for dead in Chicago's worst slums barely registers on the national radar. Sometimes I'm at a loss for words as to what gets glossed over in the headlines.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 09:06 PM

16. The way that Amish community responded, I thought, should have made them "Person of the Year"

thank you for bringing this back to everyone's attention.

The just leveled the school with days. Money poured into them and them gave a large part of it to the sicko's wife because they knew she had nothing to do with it and that she couldn't possibly stay in that area.

As posted above we don't talk about it because we were AT WAR....and the rightwing media couldn't point out the war here.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 09:07 PM

17. AMish school shooting DID get Huge coverage, but the AMish don't go on TV and do interviews

and things just because their way of life is different.

the parents and other relatives of students and staff killed in this case are more likely to do it so that provides for more coverage.

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