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Posted: 6/30/2003 8:39:15 AM EDT
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/auto/epaper/editions/thursday/local_news_e3af36a386dd32f80064.html [ROLF2] Thursday, June 26 Gun control rally draws four [ROFL] By Emily Minor, Palm Beach Post Staff Columnist Thursday, June 26, 2003 There was a time, three years ago this past May, when the cause drew a crowd. Hundreds of thousands of activists, joined by the influential likes of Susan Sarandon and Rosie O'Donnell, standing together on the Capitol lawn, wearing T-shirts and pink ribbons and photo buttons of lost sons and lost daughters. The Million Mom March against gun control burst onto the scene with a nervous vengeance. And what a story it was. A young suburban mother, a part-time staffer on David Letterman's show, saw something on the news -- in this case, a photograph of preschoolers being led from their day care after a gunman broke in and began shooting -- and it turned out to be the straw. She booked the National Mall for Mother's Day. Her emotional movement was met with coast-to-coast relief. Sisters of dead sisters, movie stars, a politician or two -- they embraced the cause because the timing was right. Columbine. That day-care shooting. The little boy in Michigan who took the gun to school and shot a 6-year-old girl. But that was then, and this is now. Last week, the Million Mom March had a shindig on the front steps of West Palm Beach City Hall to commemorate national ASK Day, a day designed to remind parents to ask whether guns are in the houses where their children play. Four people came. "It's hard because many people don't want to really, truly believe that it can happen to them," says Ann Nanni of Greenacres. Nanni's grown son was killed Dec. 11, 1988, as he was driving home from work in Vero Beach. His killer was never found. So there was his 66-year-old mother last week, sending out press releases, calling the TV stations, issuing invitations to prominent figures whose influence could mean so much. Sheriff Ed Bieluch. West Palm Beach Police Chief Ric Bradshaw. State Attorney Barry Krischer. Palm Beach Mayor Lesly Smith. None of them came. She says no one even bothered to RSVP. This might discourage the likes of us, but Nanni is unstoppable. "Becoming a victim survivor is a life sentence," she says. "For a while there, things were running high," Nanni says. In Palm Beach County, school teacher Barry Grunow was shot and killed by a student a few weeks after the national march in Washington. The Million Mom madness spilled into Lake Worth in those following weeks, drawing hundreds to a rally in the park. Dozens of people would show up for those early meetings. At the last meeting, a year or so ago, "there were about three," Nanni says. Felicia Velotta of Boca Raton, whose sister was murdered by her estranged husband nine years ago, says the movement is less visible but not gone. Nationally, they're lobbying for the renewal on the assault-weapons ban. Nanni says chapters in Tampa, Washington, New York and Connecticut have stayed strong. "Just because it's pretty quiet, doesn't mean we're not doing anything," Velotta says. "The movement's still there." And last weekend, there it was: Nanni, her husband, another victim survivor and West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel. "We tied a pink ribbon around a tree and put a bow on it," Nanni said. The four of them, fighting the fight, on the steps of city hall in the summer rain. emily_minor@pbpost.com@pbpost.com
Link Posted: 6/30/2003 8:49:10 AM EDT
Funny story...My buddies Mom has become a gun enthusiast [i]because[/i] of the Million Mom March. She now owns a gun and regularly shoots at a range. Wed or Thurs is 'Ladies Day' and she shoots free. Gotta love it! ByteTheBullet (-:
Link Posted: 6/30/2003 8:58:06 AM EDT
Originally Posted By mayday: .... Nanni's grown son was killed Dec. 11, 1988, as he was driving home from work in Vero Beach. His killer was never found....
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If this was my life story, I'd devote my time and money into finding the bastard that killed my son. Sure, I'd probably never figure it out, but at least I could live my life knowing that I tried. But I guess some people deal with their grief differently. I guess it's easier to blame an object than a person, especially when the identity of the killer is unknown to you. It's so much cleaner that way and you don't have to face the reality that people can be evil. Also, if hypothetically, her son was involved in bad things, she doesn't have to face that fact that he contributed to his own demise. I still will never understand the thought processes (or lack thereof) of liberals (I'm assuming she's a liberal).
Link Posted: 6/30/2003 9:09:08 AM EDT
I agree with HK. If your house burns down, you don't get pissed at the smoke, you get pissed at the fire. In this case, you don't get pissed at the gun, you get pissed at the asshole who used it.
Link Posted: 6/30/2003 9:22:41 AM EDT
That's actually kind of sad that all that energy and passion is directed towards innocent gun owners and not towards criminals.
Link Posted: 6/30/2003 9:30:06 AM EDT
Originally Posted By HKocher:
Originally Posted By mayday: .... Nanni's grown son was killed Dec. 11, 1988, as he was driving home from work in Vero Beach. His killer was never found....
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If this was my life story, I'd devote my time and money into finding the bastard that killed my son. Sure, I'd probably never figure it out, but at least I could live my life knowing that I tried. But I guess some people deal with their grief differently. I guess it's easier to blame an object than a person, especially when the identity of the killer is unknown to you. It's so much cleaner that way and you don't have to face the reality that people can be evil. Also, if hypothetically, her son was involved in bad things, she doesn't have to face that fact that he contributed to his own demise. I still will never understand the thought processes (or lack thereof) of liberals (I'm assuming she's a liberal).
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Nowhere did it say that her son was shot...H3ll he could have just had a car accident and no one has ever checked the details about it! Hey lady! Quit voting for the liberals and vote for someone who will enforce the death penalty and maybe we can get rid of a few of the bad guys!
Then we can all meet down at the local saloon...saying Whiskey for my men, Beer for our horses."
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From the Toby Keith & Willie Nelson #1 song. BigDozer66
Link Posted: 6/30/2003 9:37:20 AM EDT
Originally Posted By HKocher: I guess it's easier to blame an object than a person, especially when the identity of the killer is unknown to you.
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They aren't really blaming the object, they are blaming freedom!
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Link Posted: 6/30/2003 10:09:39 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/30/2003 10:10:49 AM EDT by truthsniper]
Here was my letter to the little snivel-biotch who wrote the commentary...
Maybe the rally only drew four because sans the hysteria of a murderer going around murdering (where the weapon HAPPENS to be a firearm) people have the good sense to know the inanimate object is NOT the problem here. Neither are the shoes the murderer chooses to wear that enable him to make rapid movements. Neither are the clothes he wears, that enable him to NOT be jailed for indecent exposure. But feel free to go ahead demonizing metal and plastic. And in your smug psuado-intellectualism, realize you are no different than the animist in the darkest parts of the globe. Blaming the inanimate object for the evil that is actually part of the human heart. Thereby perpetuating the murder, as an accomplice to the evil, as you distract from the REAL cause, with your silly gun ban agenda.
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