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2/26/2013 6:00:00 AM
Letter: Learn not to hate

It's sad to say that the human race is the most violent and vicious species on the face of this earth. Animals in the wild kill their prey for food. Humans kill other humans for what purpose? Certainly not for food, so it comes down to hatred, fueled by jealousy, greed, political differences, race, religion, drugs and a whole gambit of things that spawn the urge for humans to kill other human beings.

Since the beginning of time, this has been true. Even in the Bible, God supposedly killed every living being upon Earth, save Noah and his family, in a great flood, simply because they were not to his liking and even though one of His commandments was, "Thou shalt not kill."

Religious wars, the Holocaust, dictators murdering their own people with chemical weapons, the U.S. using atomic bombs to kill tens of thousands of people in Japan, drug wars, anti-abortionists, rapists, kidnappers, pedophiles, thieves, gangs and just plain "crazies" all have one common denominator - a deep-seated hatred for other human beings.

The U.S. is a "civilized" nation. Still, from the time we were colonized to the present, this country has been involved in 45 wars, not counting revolts or small skirmishes. During the Civil War, Americans killed Americans, thus 650,000 countrymen managed to kill one another. Racist Americans tortured, hung, bombed, beat or shot black people for no other reason except that they venomously despised black people.

Is violence in our blood? Is it part of the human DNA?

There are 300 million guns legally owned by U.S. citizens. God only knows how many illegal guns are out there. So, the chances are pretty great that any one of those legal or illegal guns will be used, at any given moment, to kill another human being, whether by accident or on purpose. Sadly, the human race has lived with violence of every kind since the beginning of time, but we must quit hating and learn to co-exist with one another, despite our differences, before the human race kills itself off.

Lori Gabriel-Dane


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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Article comment by: Battle for Freedom

@ LGD -
AND the chances are pretty great too that a gun will be used to protect someone from a bad or crazy person illegally carrying a gun. We must learn to co-exist with one another by not forcing our ideas upon others as to what is, and what is not, considered a threat to our lives and way of living, before a segment of the human race imposes it's total and arbitrary will on another segment of the human race.

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Article comment by: Olivia Silva

Bravo!! Very well stated and factual. Suffering from violence causes pain and anger. Suffering will end when we all learn that none of us regardless of who and what we are want to suffer or feel pain. We all share so much instead of looking for differences in each other we must all remember that every human being in this world was born in the same manner and shares the same human spirit, mind and emotions. Thank you Lori you give me hope.

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Article comment by: Patriot WES

"Freedom is not free" I'll hang on to my guns and money, you can cling to your hope and change.

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Article comment by: pl .....

Well, Lori, two significant events happened in my life one day in 1968 - I turned 18 years of age and had to register for the military draft because of that war-based-upon-a-pack-of-lies at the time. I hadn't killed anybody, and studiously avoided most fighting. Vacations were spent in very privileged settings, quite free from threat or any other cultural impoverishments), and I developed friendships with others my age in other countries. But alas, I wasn't to forever escape life's realities. Three years in the U.S. Army (21/2 years overseas during Vietnam) introduced me to the fierce pressures on blacks, an understanding of massive U.S. crimes against the world's peoples, and the horrific need to avoid even the slightest adversarial contact with authorities (in the event, every hostile reaction is understandable). You just stirred up a hornet's nest and threw God in there, too. I have previously mentioned here Henry B. Schoolcraft's epic tome - commissioned by the U.S. Government in the early 1800's - on Native American tribes and culture, with an emphasis on one of his pivotal introductory comments - "Their Great Spirit is kind, but He is not just". The God whom you deride is just. Every biblical quote I have seen from you is taken completely out of context, without regard to its immediate context, nor to what had preceded. That is never a valid argument. Oh, and then we have the topic of guns, as well - all within a 300-word limit. Mr. Picasso, here's your canvas and paint, you've got 90 seconds - impress us.

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Article comment by: Jimi Lightfoot

The human race is the only race on earth that has the power of speech and reason, measuring our violent tendencies with any other race is impossible.

Using the Darwinists theory of chimpanzee forefathers, let’s compare “races.”

Until Old Uncle Bob jumps up suddenly at the family picnic, rips off someone’s face and genitals then eats their hands, I think we are doing pretty well on the violence scale when compared against the closest, measurable “race” on earth.

Violence is as natural as the wind. Without it, the wolf and eagle starve. The doe deer mates with the “nicest” buck and produces offspring too weak to survive the winter.

I think with these facts in mind you would fall back on the “necessary violence” argument. Who decides that?

That is decided by our laws or a jury basing the decision on our Constitutional Rights, particularly our 2nd Amendment Rights.

In the wild a mother notices if something’s not right with an offspring and leaves it to die or eats it.

There are a few exceptions ending up with an animal growing into maturity, killing its own for no apparent reason.

Many human females cull their potential offspring before it leaves the womb and others bear these children into adulthood, ignoring any and all warning signs of tendencies towards human prey drive, choosing “understanding” to ignore dangerous tenderizes. And these defective units end up killing innocents.

Your issue is about guns. Not the violence of abortion or knocking down old ladies holding an anti-gay marriage sign.

Like the label of “racist”, “Nazi” on ones that disagree with you, you choose violence when it suits your agenda. Not the death penalty for the truly evil but demand legislative killings for any child unwanted.

Hypocrisy? Yeah. Pass the Unicorn gravy please.

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Article comment by: Doing Research

I actually JUST did some research on FBI crime statistics and gun homicide trends from the last few years. Good timing I guess. A few of the finer points:

- Homicide by firearm (legal or not) is roughly 2/3 of all homicides in the U.S.

-Homicide rates are on the decline nationally, and have been since the 90's.

- Overall most states are seeing a reduction in homicides. Oddly, Nebraska has, since 2007, experienced a 4-fold increase in murder by firearm, and nearby states have seen increases as well. Just a guess posed by a colleague, but this is probably meth related.

-Here's even a crazy-informative infographic my friend and I made up to test out a new data visualization tool we were working with.

- If any of you want the data sets, I'll send you links and an excel file of complied. But I doubt anyone will even read this post, despite how incredibly substantive it is.

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

Thank you for the history lesson and I have one thing to say ....you give up your guns first as most all of these shootings recently are done by left wing ideologues like you and lets see how things change for the better...
Our leaders say that it just isn't fair that we are a super power and are trying their best to change that....wait and see the carnage if they succeed....it's the touchy feely thing to do ...huh?

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Article comment by: Wiley Coyote

Be sure to ask the good folks that sponsor the Annual Antelope Eaters Coyote Killing Contest scheduled for this weekend.

Then ask this newspaper why they help promote such inhumane and senseless killing of these intelligent canines.

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Article comment by: Cliff Foster

Yours is a very misanthropic worldview, Lori. You hate mankind.

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

You know your right, this is not a country to live in because of the guns and violence, ever consider moving to Syria, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Yemen etc, if not please do, and take as many Demos with you as possible, here is some travel info. (http://channel7even.com/10-most-dangerous-countries-in-the-world-2013/) have a nice day!

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Article comment by: Origional Kingman Resident


You have just perfectly articulated the case for being armed. Since humans are innately violent, I am not going to just sit by, unarmed, while some other violent, hate filled, human comes into my home to do me harm. I will protect myself and my family.

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