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Re: I just need to whimper
« Reply #2070 on: February 10, 2018, 07:12:02 PM »
Two police officers were shot and killed in the line of duty in my town here in Central Ohio. This kind of violence and tragedy really took me by surprise. Having lived in Columbus my whole life I know the kind of violence the big city can sometimes bring, but I never would have imagined it in my quaint suburb. Itís hard to imagine in any setting of course.
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Re: I just need to whimper
« Reply #2071 on: February 10, 2018, 10:53:54 PM »
I'm thankful i live in a place where the last time a police officer was murdered in the line of duty was 1994 and before that 1979. I couldn't imagine the response if something like that happened now.

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Re: I just need to whimper
« Reply #2072 on: February 11, 2018, 01:26:37 AM »
James, I'm glad you have the opportunity to assist with your family when they need you.  Take care.  Be comforted.

Corndog, you take care, too.
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Re: I just need to whimper
« Reply #2073 on: February 11, 2018, 10:57:24 PM »
Sending out virtual hugs to oldkid, Sam and Corndog.


oldkid, thanks for answering my question. There does seem to be some glimmers of hope in your communities. I want to say take care of yourself, but I know youíll continue to do what you do, so I wish for you strength and support in your endeavors.
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Re: I just need to whimper
« Reply #2074 on: February 12, 2018, 01:24:46 AM »
I want to say take care of yourself, but I know youíll continue to do what you do, so I wish for you strength and support in your endeavors.

Mrs. oldkid laughed at that.

Thanks for the well-wishes.  And yeah, it's a time to fight.
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Re: I just need to whimper
« Reply #2075 on: February 20, 2018, 04:36:00 PM »
So obviously, if you haven't heard, something terrible has happened in the past week, another school shooting has occurred in Florida, Parkland. This time, 17 kids were killed, 14 were wounded, 5 with life-threatening injuries.

Now, I didn't post this in "Politics" because I feel like this goes beyond a political issue. I mean, both sides need to do something about this regardless of your sentiments on guns. Children are dying. I mean, where I come from, children don't go to school being afraid of not seeing the next day. They are afraid of tests, exams, and socialization.

And really, I'm just tired of seeing this crap on my news feed so often. Orlando, Atlanta, Sandy Hook (20 first graders killed), Las Vegas (59 dead), and now this is the latest statistic. I don't want to be desensitized, and I don't want this to be the "normal". So if you aren't happy about what the "other side" is saying, do something about our children and the dying Americans.

Here's a video I posted on another forum but got taken down because it's too "political". But you know what, once again, I feel like this is important enough that it goes beyond petty politics. The survivors, the youth of the school shooting are now speaking up and conducting a rally/movement called "March For Our Lives", and Emma Gonzalez here delivers a powerful speech to the "adults" who are sitting on their thumb and collecting cheques while people are dying:


The official website for the movement is down below if you want to help the cause. Spread the word.
https://www.marchforourlives.com

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Re: I just need to whimper
« Reply #2076 on: February 20, 2018, 04:48:32 PM »
I get posting that in this thread. It's such a depressing happening and our Republican friends are seemingly uninterested in even thinking about addressing it. I do find great hope in these kids standing up for themselves and their fallen classmates and teachers. It's something we haven't really seen before and I think it will be the beginning of the end of this BS. They will soon vote, and I hope they will do so in record-breaking numbers. My generation showed some promise in this department as we elected Obama twice, but it's becoming clearer and clearer that those two votes were still based mostly on his personality since we didn't show up to vote in the midterms or for Hillary (enough). These kids (and my generation has seemed to snap more into this mindset post-Trump) care about issues, passionately, and that goes beyond one election (I hope). We'll see, I guess.
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Re: I just need to whimper
« Reply #2077 on: February 20, 2018, 05:39:31 PM »
The thing is, America has always had a gun problem, and I'm not one to care about politics. I don't really want to get into your "rights" and your business of keeping guns, because things were still manageable before, functional. Growing up, I learned (from my parents) that America can be a dangerous place where shootings are more frequent than other countries, and I've accepted that as part of the norm. I don't like it, but it is what it is.

But here's the thing: there have been 18 school shootings in America this year. 18 over the course of 51 days, barely two months. This isn't even taking into account one of the worst mass shootings just shortly last year in Las Vegas, where someone could actually open fire into a concert (then again, there was Aurora, at a movie premiere). So yeah, pardon me for being a bit concerned. Things have to change. Even if it means you get to keep your guns, something has to change, starting with restrictions on semi-automatic weapons built to kill - not for home-protection or hunting, but mass-killing. Or return the mental health background check. Something.

I do find great hope in these kids standing up for themselves and their fallen classmates and teachers. It's something we haven't really seen before and I think it will be the beginning of the end of this BS. They will soon vote, and I hope they will do so in record-breaking numbers.

These kids (and my generation has seemed to snap more into this mindset post-Trump) care about issues, passionately, and that goes beyond one election (I hope). We'll see, I guess.

Yeah, it's good to see the young leading us into the future with their passion. I mean, you know, with these movements, it's quite often the passionate and optimistic youth who stand up for what is right and speak out. I can't remember which talk show host mentioned it, but he said something about how previous revolutions involved a lot of youths as well speaking out, so it's nice to see a good part of history repeating itself. Hopefully, with this, we could finally see another step of ethical evolution in our great country.

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Re: I just need to whimper
« Reply #2078 on: February 21, 2018, 04:40:43 PM »
So I got banned on The Sims forum for speaking out about Florida and Parkland. Well, technically, it was more like my account was restricted, then I posted this profile post about how "I would rather be banned than stay silent," which was when they banned me, so I guess I had it coming.

But still, it's frustrating how I couldn't spread awareness of this matter just because it's supposedly "political". In my opinion (we're still allowed to have that on the Internet, right?), it's not political, and it's more about basic human rights than politics, as in the very right to live, and the very right to not be murdered. It's an important subject every American should be made aware about, and one everyone needs to participate in right now if they want to better this great country. I don't think I should have been censored just because it is "political" in their point of view.

Anyway, good riddance to them. I could only hope that the few people I reached out to received my messages before they got deleted. I could only hope that they are made aware of the "March For Our Lives" rally coming this March 24th, and that they would gather as many Americans for that rally as possible. Hope is all we've got right now, and hope is all we can do. It's hell a lot better than "Thoughts and prayers."

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Re: I just need to whimper
« Reply #2079 on: February 21, 2018, 11:10:50 PM »
I think most people are aware of the issues, and already have their own opinions about them. I don't know this Sims forum or your involvement with it, but perhaps you crossed a line between "spreading awareness" and "badgering people"? There's having opinions and then there's being obnoxious about it. I've never known anyone here to get banned over political issues and I think most of the population here agree with your take on this one. Nonetheless, should you happen to get a warning about your posts here, I would take it seriously rather than making defiant posts in protest. That rarely ends well.