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Thu Feb 14, 2013, 09:01 PM

Olympic Star, Oscar Pistorius, charged with murder in shooting of girlfriend. He was a gun nut.

Olympian, Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius charged with murder in shooting of girlfriend
By Associated Press, Published: February 13 | Updated: Thursday, February 14, 3:36 PM

PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee sprinter dubbed the Blade Runner, was charged Thursday in the Valentine’s Day slaying of his girlfriend at his upscale home in South Africa, a shocking twist to one of the feel-good stories of last summer’s Olympics.

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What sparked the shooting remained unclear, but police said they had received calls in the past about domestic altercations at the home of the 26-year-old athlete, who has spoken publicly about his love of firearms.

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Firearms captivated Pistorius, the subject of an online Nike advertisement that featured him with the caption: “I am a bullet in the chamber.” In November 2011, he posted a photograph on Twitter of himself at a shooting range, bragging about his score. “Had a 96% headshot over 300m from 50shots! Bam!” he wrote.


Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/olympics/police-double-amputee-olympian-oscar-pistorius-involved-in-shooting-at-home-woman-dead/2013/02/14/26860c76-767b-11e2-b102-948929030e64_story.html

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Reply Olympic Star, Oscar Pistorius, charged with murder in shooting of girlfriend. He was a gun nut. (Original post)
Cali_Democrat Feb 2013 OP
gejohnston Feb 2013 #1
frylock Feb 2013 #2
Tuesday Afternoon Feb 2013 #3
Cali_Democrat Feb 2013 #4
PuffedMica Feb 2013 #6
iiibbb Feb 2013 #5
Eleanors38 Feb 2013 #7
Cali_Democrat Feb 2013 #8
Eleanors38 Feb 2013 #9
Cali_Democrat Feb 2013 #10
Eleanors38 Feb 2013 #26
GreenStormCloud Feb 2013 #11
holdencaufield Feb 2013 #12
Cali_Democrat Feb 2013 #13
GreenStormCloud Feb 2013 #14
Cali_Democrat Feb 2013 #15
GreenStormCloud Feb 2013 #18
Bjorn Against Feb 2013 #19
GreenStormCloud Feb 2013 #20
Bjorn Against Feb 2013 #21
GreenStormCloud Feb 2013 #22
Cali_Democrat Feb 2013 #24
holdencaufield Feb 2013 #16
Cali_Democrat Feb 2013 #17
holdencaufield Feb 2013 #23
Cali_Democrat Feb 2013 #25

Response to Cali_Democrat (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 09:16 PM

1. you would like South Africa's gun laws

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

But not its murder rate
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate

Since it is still under investigation, get back with us after the trial.

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Response to gejohnston (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 09:48 PM

2. he was a gun nut. full stop.

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Response to frylock (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 10:09 PM

3. he -was- a gun nut. full stop.

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 02:02 AM

4. Yep

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Response to frylock (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 06:13 AM

6. SAE, Whitworth, or Metric?

Left handed thread or right?

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 05:39 AM

5. He was also an olympic athlete

 

https://theconversation.edu.au/former-olympic-athletes-can-battle-anxiety-depression-8140

The perfectionism and combative mindset essential to success for Olympic athletes can also disrupt the transition to life beyond elite sport and cause depression, according to an international study.

While many former Olympians make the adjustment smoothly and eventually excel at new projects, others struggle to cope with life away from intense training and competition.

Based on anonymous interviews with eight former summer and winter Olympians, Steven Rynne, from the University of Queensland’s School of Human Movement Studies, and colleagues from Switzerland and Britain said the process of changing social networks and re-entering the workforce could be overwhelming for competitors who require certain qualities to succeed in their sports.

“Given that Olympians require an exceptional range of characteristics such as determination and patience, one would assume that such characteristics would guarantee success in life after their sporting careers,“ Dr Rynne said. "Our research suggests that this is not always the case.



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Several recent studies are shedding light on why athletes may be more prone than the general population to substance abuse, eating disorders and suicide. The findings may have implications for athletes retiring after the Summer Olympics, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

Research indicates that intensive exercise can be as addictive as heroin, which puts retiring Olympic athletes at risk of depression, according to the article. A study published in March found one-third of elite athletes have an unhealthy preoccupation with training. Another recent study, conducted in rats, suggests the biological mechanisms of exercise dependence tend to mimic those involved in drug addiction.

The studies suggest retiring athletes might need help adjusting after years spent training nonstop.

“A lot of retired athletes report fairly significant mental health concerns and an increased level of substance dependence,” said Frances Quirk, Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Performance Enhancement & Health. “There are other factors that contribute to that in terms of pressure, isolation and competition, but there is a biological story.”



But it is not surprising the level of compassion displayed from people who demand compassion after tragedies such as this. You know, like those who declare that "gun nuts" who shamelessly defend/advance their own agendas in the wake of obvious tragedies like Sandy Hook.

Yup...

It indeed seems very "progressive" to demean people in need of help if they are outside of the fold.

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 03:50 PM

7. "Gun nut?" You are in the wrong group. nt

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Response to Eleanors38 (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 03:51 PM

8. How am I in the wrong group?

Isn't this group where people talk about guns?

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Reply #8)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 04:39 PM

9. You have a particular interest in "gun nuts," as per your OP. Other sites have those. nt

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Response to Eleanors38 (Reply #9)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 04:44 PM

10. Sorry, but I think this post belongs here

Don't like it? Notify the moderator.

You'll just have to suck it up and stop being such a delicate flower.

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Reply #10)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 03:41 PM

26. I don't much care about the posting; gun posts evidently are okay in GD, too, now.

Do hope we have a good spring bluebonnet bloom in Texas, but the drought/climate change is sucking up all the water.

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 07:17 PM

11. It happened in SA, under SA laws, irrelevant to U.S.

If youw want to post armed murder stories from other countries, can I start posting armed self-defense stories from other countries?

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Response to GreenStormCloud (Reply #11)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 07:26 PM

12. How about some nice pro-gun control stories from North Korea

 

Very inspiring

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Response to GreenStormCloud (Reply #11)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 07:28 PM

13. Stop being such a delicate flower. This is big news and it involves guns

deal with it.

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Reply #13)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 07:37 PM

14. Guns in another country, under that country's laws. N/T

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Response to GreenStormCloud (Reply #14)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 07:44 PM

15. So?

Don't like it? Too bad.

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Reply #15)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:13 AM

18. What does it have to do with the U.S.?

Answer: Nothing.

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Response to GreenStormCloud (Reply #18)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:19 AM

19. Please cite the rule that prohibits international stories from being posted here

If you can't cite a specific rule from the DU Terms of Service then stop trying to enforce a rule that does not exist.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #19)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:21 AM

20. I am not trying to stop you from posting.

Just pointing out that it has nothing to do with the American RKBA or the U.S. Constitution.

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Response to GreenStormCloud (Reply #20)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:27 AM

21. No one said it did, this group is not limited to the US

Read the Statement of Purpose:

Statement of Purpose

Discuss gun politics, gun control laws, the Second Amendment, the use of firearms for self-defense, and the use of firearms to commit crime and violence.


Nowhere in the Statement does it say anything about limiting stories to the US. The posted story clearly is a story about the use of firearms to commit crime and violence, which is explicitly covered as part of the SOP of the group.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #21)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:38 AM

22. And I am free to point out that it has nothing to do with the U.S.

You are trying to stop me from posting, and I have as much right to post as you do.

I think that you are another gun-banner who is trying to use that story to push for more gun control in the U.S., therefore I point out that it happened there under their laws, not here under ours.

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Response to GreenStormCloud (Reply #22)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:58 AM

24. "You are trying to stop me from posting"

Bjorn Against is trying to stop you from posting on DU?

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Reply #13)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 08:03 PM

16. Big news?

 

A single domestic murder in a country on the other side of the planet?

Interesting choice of the word "big"

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Response to holdencaufield (Reply #16)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 08:05 PM

17. Thousands of articles currently discuss this story on Google News right now

It's one of the top stories

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Reply #17)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:57 AM

23. Thousands?

 

Exaggerate much?

You're aware that comments are the same as articles, right?

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Response to holdencaufield (Reply #23)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:11 AM

25. Well...

http://news.google.com/

It's currently the very first story on the google news home page as of this post.

Be sure to checkout the timeline of articles which details the number of sources covering the story:

http://news.google.com/news/rtc?ncl=dny3rm8Sfbw7fpMbcm7HBOXIfTkNM&ned=us&topic=h&siidp=578e2d4c01eb1fdd0c022bc647148adaa9ba

Not big news at all

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