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Sick, sick nation

In the aftermath of the school shooting in Connecticut Friday one thing comes front and center. This is a sick and misdirected country. This isn’t the first time this has happened and sadly it’s not the last time it will happen. We are reaping what we are sowing and there is more reaping to come America and you can count on it.

Until the day comes that we quit teaching our children that violence and guns is fun and games, there will be more incidents. I listened to a shrink today, on television saying we need to rebuild our mental health system and I couldn’t help thinking that’s like injecting people with a disease and them building a hospital to treat them at. This kind of violence is learned for many from an early age. We have laws in place that protect the rights of people who peddle this trash to poison our children minds and turn them into maniacal killers.

Think of the children who lived and witnessed this carnage. Think of the police and fire that had to work this scene. But lastly think of the parents who lost their child and then tell us about your rights to print and video this crap and peddle it to our children. There is no such thing as a born killer. It’s a learned behavior and we are doing our best to teach it.

What’s left now? Bury our dead and listen to all of the experts tell us what went wrong. There will be million dollar investigations as to why this happened, when we all know why it happened but no one has the guts to say it, because at least for now it’s legal.

Mike Holst


Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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