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Thu Jan 31, 2013, 11:02 AM

WTH? This week, at least three shootings

were done by old, white men. The California doctor was shot by a 75 year old, the Phoenix shooter is described as a 70 year old and the Atlanta man who shot the young man in his driveway was 69 years old.

Is it something about the aging process or is it the influence of anger generated by some (Fox, Limbaugh, Beck) media outlets?

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Reply WTH? This week, at least three shootings (Original post)
Laurian Jan 2013 OP
bluedigger Jan 2013 #1
Dreamer Tatum Jan 2013 #2
Laurian Jan 2013 #4
Dreamer Tatum Jan 2013 #6
JustAnotherGen Jan 2013 #3
Dreamer Tatum Jan 2013 #7
JustAnotherGen Jan 2013 #9
Dreamer Tatum Jan 2013 #10
Jazzgirl Jan 2013 #11
Dreamer Tatum Jan 2013 #13
JustAnotherGen Jan 2013 #15
Dreamer Tatum Jan 2013 #17
Laurian Jan 2013 #14
JustAnotherGen Jan 2013 #16
Recursion Jan 2013 #5
sinkingfeeling Jan 2013 #8
Lone_Star_Dem Jan 2013 #12

Response to Laurian (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 11:08 AM

1. Well, I know I'm getting crankier by the day.

I really think it's just media bias in coverage.

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Response to Laurian (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 11:13 AM

2. Maybe tip a glance at the number of shootings in Chicago?


Not sure why you are spotlighting white men shooting - egads - three people when gangs in Chicago are filling each other full of lead every single day.

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Response to Dreamer Tatum (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 11:27 AM

4. You're right. I guess those shootings not getting the same

coverage, has left me with a disjointed view of what's really going on. It just struck me as bizarre that the "big" stories in the media seemed to revolve around older shooters. (The Alabama man who shot the bus driver and took the child is also an older white man.).

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Response to Laurian (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 11:29 AM

6. It's getting attention I think because of demographics



Despite what some would like to believe, it is very unusual for an elderly man of any race to shoot anyone.

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Response to Laurian (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 11:26 AM

3. I don't think

You are discounting the violence in other places - just pointing out a few of the more publicized ones where there is a similarity between the shooters.

My answer - I don't know - but I've been watching bumper stickers lately - and have come to some stereotypes/generalizations.


Like this morning - heading north on 287 I saw a late model Chrysler 'boat' with the following bumper stickers:

We Vote ProLife
NoBama
McCain and Palin (bit faded)
Romney 2012
Three brand new NRA stickers (the round ones)


I sped up a little to prove my theory . . .

Yep! Elderly Caucasian Gentleman.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 11:30 AM

7. Did you follow them to see who they were on their way to murder?

Or did you just write the license plate number down and call 911?

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Response to Dreamer Tatum (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 11:34 AM

9. No

I laughed and shook my head.

That same guy is the one that gives my husband and me dirty looks.

He's probably the guy that when my parents first started dating more than 40 years ago called my mother a N8gger* Lover at Point Pleasant Beach.


I'm going out on a limb and thinking you aren't a minority woman and so you haven't experienced this type of person's animosity directed at you in your life - right?


They call my husband a n8gger lover - these old fucks - I can laugh at them at DU.

He's got it coming.

If you have a problem with that - take it ot admin or alert my post.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 11:37 AM

10. Just exploring the parameters of your prejudice. nt

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Response to Dreamer Tatum (Reply #10)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 11:41 AM

11. Yours are duly noted.

n/t

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Response to Jazzgirl (Reply #11)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 11:48 AM

13. Glad you note my prejudice against bigots.

I'm very proud of it.

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Response to Dreamer Tatum (Reply #13)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 05:36 PM

15. Here why don't you turn me into the NRA

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022282291

I am 1000000000% filled with hate for the elderly Republucan white men that have blamed everything on black single women in this country since 1978.


You know? That miserable old BIGOT in his big boat of a car?

HE MADE ME.

Well at least I know whose side you are on. I'll be watching for your apologist posts in the African American Group. The one why you tell us we are silly for telling the truth about America.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #15)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 06:14 PM

17. There is no broad brush

like the self-justified broad brush.

You paint them because you think they painted you.

I'm on the side of not judging books by covers, which is a side with which you are not acquainted.

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Response to Dreamer Tatum (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:27 PM

14. Why so defensive? I'm an older white woman and the

news of late has just made me wonder if we are seeing the results of growing anger and paranoia fostered by the tea party and right wing media. Perhaps we're simply hearing about these incidents because of the increased scrutiny of all shootings after Sandy Hook.

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Response to Laurian (Reply #14)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 05:43 PM

16. Thank you Laurian

I believe they are less paranoid - and just angry that their ceilings they carefully placed up there have been shattered to shards.

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Response to Laurian (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 11:28 AM

5. The unusual makes news

"Poor teenager shoots poor teenager", unfortunately, doesn't sell as a headline. "Old guy shoots relative" does, because it happens a lot less.

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Response to Laurian (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 11:34 AM

8. I think the 'white' and 'male' parts have more to do with it.

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Response to Laurian (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 11:47 AM

12. Here in Kaufman County Texas an assistant DA was just gunned down this morning.

Two men in a silver ford Taurus said to be wearing "tactical vests" (in quotes because I don't know exactly what that means) shot them 2 blocks from the courthouse. They just confirmed he's dead.

I don't expect this is going to generate the same reactions from people, since it appears to be a revenge shooting. It's all the same to me though. Our society is broken and to make matters worse it's also well armed.

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