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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazed_Insanity View Post
    For sure we can all agree that dude is a sore loser.
    Yes, that seemed to be some rather poor sportsmanship.

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    This was written by a classmate of a person directly related to one of the victims of the attack on Tree of Life. And this person thought it put perfectly into words what Squirrel Hill is and how what happened is affecting the community.
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    My family has a long running joke: “The corner of Forbes and Murray is the center of the universe.” What it means is that, if you just ask enough questions, eventually, you will probably find out that someone you thought was a stranger is really from Squirrel Hill. At least a little bit. So you should never assume that strangers are strangers. Assume they're mishpucha – family – and act accordingly.

    It's often true. Just today, for example, I found out that my long-time friend and colleague here in DC (who is Persian) met her husband (who’s Christian) at a wedding at Tree of Life a few years ago. And I was like, "duh, of course you did." So they’re mishpucha too. That happens all the time.

    Growing up in Squirrel Hill means being enfolded by the mishpucha. Everyone upstreet is a teacher, the dentist, a cousin, a grandpa, a grandma, an aunt, an uncle, another aunt, a friend, a neighbor, the rabbi, the pediatrician, a camp counselor, probably like three or four more aunts. The mishpucha cares how you’re doing in school and it wants to know how your grandparents are feeling these days and it wants to make sure you have a sweater just in case it gets cold later. It’s hard to describe knowing that practically everyone you see wants nothing but the best for you.

    Safe can be stifling, of course. And so very many of us have left Squirrel Hill to do amazing, astounding things. We write for the New York Times, open world-class restaurants in Philadelphia, start music labels in LA. We’re lawyers and doctors and professors and rabbis and writers and artists and designers and actors and scientists and entrepreneurs and professionals of every shape. The mishpucha said we could do it, urged us to do it, gave us the strengths, and the skills, and the resilience, and the naiveté necessary to accomplish great things. So we did it. Because if no one ever tells you that you face near impossible odds, you don’t even know to fear them.

    We are all hurting really badly right now. Violence and hatred invaded our universe. Those who were killed as they settled in to pray were the essence of the mishpucha. The man who did this terrible thing didn’t understand that the mishpucha would have welcomed him that morning, handed him a book, showed him to his seat, asked how we was doing in school and made sure he had a sweater just in case it got cold later. Somehow, he just couldn’t see that he was venting his hatred on the kindest, the gentlest, and the most caring people of all.

    It is senseless and it is horrifying and the whole country is watching Squirrel Hill right now. So many are grieving with us, sharing in our pain, and experiencing the horror that we’re experiencing. But the mishpucha prepared us even for this. We are what the mishpucha made us, and it made us good, and it made us strong, and it made us caring. The mishpucha taught us to love unconditionally, to fight for what we believe, and to not forget our sweaters because it might get cold later. We can show our divided, directionless nation what it means to come from the corner of Forbes and Murray. There are no strangers. Assume everyone is mishpucha and act like it. Everyone is from Squirrel Hill. At least a little bit.

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    Gun violence has infiltrated Mr. Roger's neighborhood..., although we can't stop it legally, but hopefully we can eventually counter it with love. We're all one big mishpucha under Adam and Eve!

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    Phil, wonderful words

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    Didn't realize California is the #1 mass shooting fatality state! Sigh, yep, another one happened last night.

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/l...107-story.html

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    This is vile and the responses are completely spot-on.

    https://twitter.com/NRA/status/1060256567914909702
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    So we just had a bad incident, a guy with a knife stabbed someone. Police arrived but a homeless guy used a shopping trolley to ram the guy. In the end the attacker was shot and killed.
    Our system is not perfect, we still have issues, people who are angry, people who are mentally troubled. But with much tougher access to handguns they are much less likely to kill someone and certainly much less likely to kill a bunch of people.

    Nothing is going to change unless you make changes.

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    We’ve always had guns... we’ve always had veterans, mentality postal folks, terrorists, etc. Things were never this bad nor this frequent, right?

    Yes, advances in gun tech may contributed to this acceleration of death toll, so gun rights will probably be taken away eventually, but I can’t help but wonder that perhaps there’s something else that’s causing this surge of senseless killings.

    Anyway, it’s not like we have no gun control laws..., CA probably has the strictest laws and yet I’m not sure we’re able to enforce these laws very well. One day when they ban it, will they be able to truly enforce the ban in a nation full of guns?

    Hopefully Australia will become a role model for US to follow in this issue...

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