Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Red Lake tragedy

The tragedy on the Red Lake Reservation happened here in my home state, so I've been trying to think of something profound to say about it, but I can't come up with anything. I could go into a rant about guns or the like, but it doesn't fit here.

The kid's friends should have said something when Weise was making threats, but they didn't. Hindsight is always 20/20.

In the end, it comes down to a horrible tragedy perpetrated by a troubled, stupid kid.

5 comments:

motomama said...

Predictably, it fell down the list of priority stories in the news - which I think has to do with it being about Native Americans. If it were in a nice suburb again, there would be hour-long news shows on it every night this week.

I hope that community can heal.

Damien said...

Kind of thought it would not lead State Side, but it's still leading in most overseas media both print and TV. God what can you say?

Lizzy said...

That's terrible, Moto, but you are right. If the shooting had happened in our towns, it would still be the lead story out there. Fortunately, it is still the lead story here. They are devoting the first 10-15 minutes of the evening news to it.

sorecarphagus said...

This would not have happened 40 years ago.
What has changed in our society that makes this type of thing commonplace?
You can blame it on liberals or you can blame it on conservatives, but one thing is for sure; this nation is on a downward spiral.
There is a decrease in the value of life. Blame pro-choice or pro-life.
Child killers and pedophiles are roaming the streets. Blame a prison system that is too lenient or too severe.
Families are falling apart. Blame too much welfare or not enough welfare.
Schools are war zones. Blame teachers who get too little pay or teachers who are not worth the pay they get. (If you are a bad worker at $1 an hour, you will be a bad worker at $2 an hour.)
If you are a good teacher with your hands tied blame the ACLU or the right wing fundamentalists.
Some deep honest thought needs to be applied. Slogans and cliches will not change a thing.
Looking for some obscure incident or the one in a million situation to use as your argument to defend your ideology makes for good media fodder, but hinders actual progress.
Most people don’t know. Many people don’t care. A few radical people make all the major decisions for the ignorant (not stupid) masses.
Take a moment to ask yourself why you believe what you believe.

sorecarphagus said...

This would not have happened 40 years ago.
What has changed in our society that makes this type of thing commonplace?
You can blame it on liberals or you can blame it on conservatives, but one thing is for sure; this nation is on a downward spiral.
There is a decrease in the value of life. Blame pro-choice or pro-life.
Child killers and pedophiles are roaming the streets. Blame a prison system that is too lenient or too severe.
Families are falling apart. Blame too much welfare or not enough welfare.
Schools are war zones. Blame teachers who get too little pay or teachers who are not worth the pay they get. (If you are a bad worker at $1 an hour, you will be a bad worker at $2 an hour.)
If you are a good teacher with your hands tied blame the ACLU or the right wing fundamentalists.
Some deep honest thought needs to be applied. Slogans and cliches will not change a thing.
Looking for some obscure incident or the one in a million situation to use as your argument to defend your ideology makes for good media fodder, but hinders actual progress.
Most people don’t know. Many people don’t care. A few radical people make all the major decisions for the ignorant (not stupid) masses.
Take a moment to ask yourself why you believe what you believe.