Ted Anthony on Violence

April 4, 2009 at 5:14 pm 1 comment

When I was in San Francisco last week for a professional conference, the morning paper each day carried front-page news of the March 21 killings of four Oakland, Calif., police officers. Their public funeral last Friday at the Oracle Arena was huge—more than 21,000 people, including police officers from all over the country, were there.

In the short time since then, we’ve seen two more shocking and sobering acts of violence—yesterday in Binghamton, N.Y., where a man with a gun killed 13 people and then himself, and this morning in Pittsburgh, where a gunman killed three police officers who were responding to a domestic dispute.

Penn Stater Ted Anthony ’95 of the Associated Press today put together this analysis, in which he notes that 47 people have died in mass shootings in the U.S. in the past month, adding, “It’s to the point where on Saturday, dizzyingly, the mayor of Binghamton found himself offering Pittsburgh its sympathies.”

Tina Hay, editor


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  • 1. Donald E. Branson  |  April 7, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Dear Mr. Anthony, To quote you: “Forty -three years and countless reams of research and lost loved ones later, we have not figured it out.” Actually the reason is quite simple. It didn’t start yesterday, last week, but years ago in a Supreme Court decision by the “infamous” Warren court that ruled there was a seperation of church and state based on a Thomas Jefferson letter and not the constitution. In my eighty years I have seen since then the rapid deterioration of our society. And now with our present administration it will accelerate. When we removed God and the ten commandments from our society we removed our standard of conduct, and with “political correctness” being in vogue, there is no right or wrong. I don’t know about your religous affiliation or even if you have one, but about two thousand years ago a fellow named Paul the Apostle had it right in the Bible. Find a Bible and read Romans chapter 1 specially verses 18 to the end of chapter 1.
    Sincerely Donald E.Branson

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