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Once again, a bill to allow concealed
handguns in Nebraska will not pass the State
Its failure is a success for all of Nebraska,
and it should not be reintroduced in the next
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problem - the
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wiser to use
youth-crime prevention programs and neigh
borhood support of children and families to
prevent criminal behavior before it starts.
Although Sen. Gene Tyson of Norfolk
claimed last week, “Man’s natural instinct...
is to arm himself,” we in the civilized world
suppress many natural instincts in order to
live together. .• :t
We don’t believe it’s right to steal food
when we’re hungry. We don’t condone hit
ting someone when we’re angry.
And we shouldn’t prepare ourselves to
react with violence if we’re threatened.
Especially not in Nebraska.
Here, the threats to our security are
almost intangible outside Lincoln and
Omaha. The state is blessed with hundreds of
communities where neighbors still trust each
Yes, crime happens in small towns.
Sometimes it’s even shocking violent crime
that robs innocent lives.
But we can’t predict when and where the
next atrocity win occur, ana citizens arming
themselves invisibly against an invisible
threat will not solve any perceived crime
In fact, a scared citizen wielding a
weapon against someone threatening him
can only double the bullets available for harm
in any given situation.
Bullets lurking beneath jackets and over
coats only destroy the security we enjoy as
In accordance with the Second
Amendment, those citizens who truly feel
threatened and need to feel intimidating can
wear their weapons in plain sight.
But a state that values honesty and moral
ity can not also condone potential violence
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From inside Jonesboro
I am a resident of the city of
Jonesboro, Ark., and I have been for
the last 12 years of my life.
I, like everyone else in the city of
Jonesboro, was absolutely shocked
at the events that happened almost
two weeks ago tomorrow. I have sat
back and thought about this long and
I tried to think of the story from
both points of view. Although it is
absolutely impossible for me to put
myself into those suspects’ heads, I
tried to vision how they would come
up with this idea.
I truly believe that these children
knew what they were doing when
they planned this event. How can a
person say that their method of
thinking is any different from an 18
or 21-year-old individual that could
commit this crime?
l mean born ot these age brackets
live in the same environment, and
they both have access to all of the
negative influences that affect our
In some instances, like this
tragedy, a child is able to access what
they are not meant to have.
I mean, who is to say that these
children haven’t experienced, or
gained experience of, as much as the
18- or 21-year-old individual that is
sentenced as an adult. The trying of a
suspect can be looked at in several
Of course you have to look at it
from the victim’s and/or victim’s
family’s point of view. They want
justice done to full extremity, in
Then, you have to look at it from
the suspect’s and/or suspect’s fami
ly’s point of view. All the rest of us
are looking at this incident from the
outside looking in.
I think that we have to look at this
terrible incident as a wake-up call to
the world. The children of today are
influenced by so many things today.
Not only can a child dream of
things he would like to do, but we are
teaching the children that they can
do anything they set their minds out
But, the problem is, we have the
wrong things out there in our society
today that are influencing our chil
dren. So, many of these dreams are
turning into nightmares for so many
If a child is brought up in a soci
ety that offers him or her so many
things that are meant for an adult,
why not try him as an adult?
I am sorry, but an apology for
what was done in this city of
Jonesboro can only do so much.
True, it is time to forgive and for
get, and we'pray not only for the vic
tims and their families, but also for
the suspects and theirs. But, now is
the time for that valuable lesson of
right and wrong, and what happens
when you do wrong.
And if we were to sit back and
not show the children of this country
what happens when you do things
that are wrong, then this and other
horrible events will continue to hap
It’s called priorities •••
Burger King gets its lease
renewed and that makes the front
page of Monday’s Daily Nebraskan.
Two thousand of the most out
standing scholars and distinguished
faculty members at the University of
Nebraska are recognized for their
achievements at the All-University
Honors Convocation, and that doesn't
merit an article.
It’s good to know that you people
at the Daily Nebraskan have your pri
senior history major
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