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JoeK..NW WI    Posted 11-23-2004 at 17:08:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
We are all incensed at the hunter shootings that occured here but we MUST allow the law to run it's course.Relative guilt or innocence of those involved will be investigated and processed by the legal system.Already the "race card" has been played and ethnic(so to speak)tensions are rising.
"An American citizen alledgedly has killed 6 other Americans and wounded 2 others."The ethnic origin of the suspect(in my opinion)is/was probably publicized as part of the identification process.This area is predominately white European and Scandanavian in ethnic origins.Facial features or color of a person not common to the area are noticed.Many people here refer to virtually any oriental person as Hmong because they were the first"orientals"to be seen in the area in number.To many in this area,any face that is not white or Native American is a "stranger" and therefore suspicious until they prove themselves.
This is not malice or bigotry as such,but part of human nature.Add in the veterans in the area who fought Japanese,Koreans,Vietnamese and another whole dimension enters in.Rumors now abound of "Orientals" of any kind being refused service in taverns,stores etc since this incident and it apalls me.And of course the barflies in their cups comments like"Oughta shoot ever one a them little SOBs!"Today at the clinic a Japanese woman and child passed thru the waiting room and every eye tracked them.They wouldn't have attracted any more attention naked and blowin whistles! I understand why the Hmong community leaders in area cities are nervous and I'm somewhat ashamed of my peers.Yes a horrendous incident has occured! Again
"An American Citizen Apparently Killed 6 Other Americans and wounded 2 others."
(Opinions expressed are mine and may vary from yours)

Alias    Posted 11-23-2004 at 18:42:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
It is my sincerest hope that no one is led to believe I'm more sympathetic to one side over the other in this sad waste of human life. But, I know something about human nature and it's hard for me to believe that the killer went to the trouble to get a hunting license, drove to the area, took up a position in a tree stand and waited until someone came along so he could commit mass murder.

No, what I really think is that something happened out there on the day in question that was, at least to the shooter, something so unbearable as to have the impact of bombs dropping on Pearl Harbor. Now, you might say, how can I make such a comparison? Well, just remember, many of the good people here at Country Life have openly announced a high degree of anger toward the shooter. Why?

Just last year a hunter leveled a gun on my son and demanded that he get away from a deer. The hunter had fired at something in the brush but he was convinced that the deer in question was his Kill. But, the fact was, my son had brought the animal down with a bow. And the arrow was the only wound the animal received. If I had not come along when this confrontation was going down, who knows what would have happened. By the way, the man with the rifle was hunting out of season with a gun.

So, I've got this to say concerning this subject; there are hunters and there are sportsmen, As well as, Gentlemen and thugs. But, each is entitled to hold a license.

Now, I still don't know what caused this senseless killing. All I am sure of is that 6 people are dead and two more are wounded. And, if, and I repeat, if, this was as a result of some insult or threat from one human to another human, all I can say is what a pitiful waste. Just remember, some times a person can brag about telling someone a thing or two. But, sometimes it backfires. We'll probably never know the real truth about what happened there. But, People it's like Road Rage, some people act wild without thinking and I've got a feeling a good many people left their thinking caps home on the day in question.

At this point, the very best we can do is pray for the souls of the departed and for the comfort of the survivors.......gfp

Melanie    Posted 11-23-2004 at 22:58:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
True enough, guys, and good points all. I've been talking out my - uh - ear, out of anger, and you're right, I'll simmer down.
Thanks for the wake-up call...

JoeK    Posted 11-23-2004 at 23:48:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
We all tend to rage at acts such as this in initial horror and disbelief.But then must come a more rational period or chaos ensues,destroying the very fabric of civilization.

(Boy,that sounds good,I should be a pollytishun,-NOT :)

Salmoneye    Posted 11-23-2004 at 17:18:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
"To many in this area,any face that is not white or Native American is a "stranger" and therefore suspicious until they prove themselves."

In sociology this is called, 'The fear of the Other'...

"The fear of the Other and the defensive mechanisms that arise from it, are usually causing the biggest conflicts in our society that need to be overcome, as "Others" could be considered the members of other nations, ethnic groups, various confessions, races, genders or differently sexually-oriented people."

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