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Monday, January 27, 2014

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Law enforcement vehicles sit outside of the Arena Building after a shooting Saturday night in Cape Girardeau. (Adam Vogler)
At least two people were injured late Saturday night in a shooting at the Arena Building in Cape Girardeau, police reported.

About 10:20 p.m. Saturday, officers at the Arena Building, 410 Kiwanis Drive, heard shots fired inside the building, a Cape Girardeau police spokesman reported in a news release early Sunday morning.

Several people fled the building, and an officer at the scene Saturday night said a man was taken to the hospital with what he believed were non-life-threatening injuries.

The victim had a gunshot wound to his chest, according to Darin Hickey, public information officer for the Cape Girardeau Police Department.

Cpl. Rodney Edwards of the Cape Girardeau Police Department said the event at the arena shut down early as a result of the shooting. A stream of attendees could be seen leaving the area shortly after 10:30 p.m.

About 10:45 p.m., another shot rang out north of the building. Several officers ran toward the sound but did not find the shooter or any victims.

In the news release early Sunday, Hickey wrote that officers were sent to a hospital about 11:10 p.m. after someone walked into the emergency room with a gunshot wound to his leg and said he had been shot while he was at the Arena Building.

Less than an hour later, scanner traffic indicated three more shots had been fired in the area.

Officers patrolling about midnight heard what they believed to be gunshots coming from downtown Cape Girardeau but did not find any victims at the time, Hickey reported.

A woman came into the Cape Girardeau Police Department about 1:15 a.m., saying her vehicle -- which was unoccupied at the time -- had been shot several times, but no one was hurt, Hickey reported.

Police are investigating where the damage to the woman's car occurred, Hickey reported.

As of Sunday evening, police had no new information to report, Hickey said in an email.

An arena security guard who declined to give his name said a man was attending the Rich Homie Quan concert at the arena when he "got physical with security" and was escorted out of the building.

The man came back with a gun and tried to retaliate, the guard said.

"[He] did not like it one bit, but he had numerous chances," the guard said. " ... He had to go."

The security guard said he did not know the shooter's identity or where he was from.

"It's a crazy night," he said.

Edwards said the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol assisted the Cape Girardeau Police Department at the arena.

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Stunned.

-- Posted by thewaterboy on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 12:10 AM

Nothing good happens after 10 PM.

-- Posted by Red Devil on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 1:23 AM

http://www.tmz.com/2013/12/24/rich-homie...

Sounds like Homie attracts trouble.

-- Posted by rodgerdodger on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 3:06 AM

Very saddened by this but not too surprised. Cape has gone down alot in the last few years. Seems like a shooting every couple of months is the norm now.

-- Posted by semolian on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 3:16 AM

Hip-hop,rap,thugs. What could possibly go wrong?

-- Posted by rocknroll on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 4:39 AM

what has happened to Cape. It use to be a great place to work in shop. So much violence now?

-- Posted by debbyc on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 4:42 AM

Where did they get the gun???

-- Posted by Reasoning on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 7:31 AM

Act like animals, when is this country going to wake up my guess is never. You have to be politically correct I forgot.

-- Posted by ssinteriors on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 7:56 AM

This is becoming frightening. People can't go anywhere or do anything without fear of being shot at. What is happening to our world?

-- Posted by Spinning on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 8:01 AM

We The People need more Police on the Street and what kind of Building Security was working

-- Posted by falcon2412 on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 8:02 AM

Sounds like St Louis.

-- Posted by mo55 on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 8:13 AM

Where did they get the gun??? -- Posted by Reasoning on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 7:31 AM

At the gun store.

-- Posted by Dug on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 8:25 AM

So, where were all the "good guys with guns" that the NRA brags about?

-- Posted by foxtrot007 on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 8:26 AM

So,too much second smoke this morning,foxtrot?

-- Posted by rocknroll on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 8:37 AM

The good guys with guns are not at the Arena building on a Saturday night watching Rich Homie Quan. That's for sure.

-- Posted by leaky_pen on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 8:43 AM

"The good guys with guns are not at the Arena building on a Saturday night watching Rich Homie Quan. That's for sure.

-- Posted by leaky_pen on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 8:43 AM "

LOL, exactly.

-- Posted by Bahama on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 9:12 AM

Spinning, I have been wondering the same thing! What IS happening to our world?

As for me....I was sleeping when all of this took place! Good place to be ;)

-- Posted by Hookie98 on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 9:28 AM

Foxtrot, I was at the Arena Building the other day. There is a very large sign on the door with a circle and slash over a handgun, and a "No Concealed Firearms" statement. The good guys with guns won't go in that building.

-- Posted by Marion_Morrison on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 9:41 AM

I am from Carbondale and attended the concert which began at 8.First I would like to say I am a business manager and there was a wide variety of people there.Also upon entering...coats and purses were not allowed.I was patted down twice.I feel the incident could have been avoided.Security didnt have or use metal detecting wands.I was scared..I pray all those affected by this recover.

-- Posted by ramsgirl on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 10:06 AM

One comment. It's the bad guys with guns. THEY are the problem!

-- Posted by kc135e on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 10:09 AM

Why is our city allowing and giving permits to these types of "artists" to perform here in the first place? If a quick Google search can find numerous shootings associated with his concerts, then logic should tell SOMEONE that nothing good will come from bringing him to town. When was the last time that a Country, Pop or R&B artist had a shooting at their concerts? Unbelievable. At a minimum the City needs to reevaluate their performance lineup decisions....

-- Posted by sillymom on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 10:13 AM

It only takes one idiot to ruin a good time for everyone.To say Rich Homie Quan attracts trouble is unsubstantiated.There have been zero shootings at his previous venues.In addition to injuries and car damage, everyone lost money...except the performers.

-- Posted by ramsgirl on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 10:21 AM

I stand corrected..one death last month in Ohio.Man was shot around 230am.But this could have happened anywhere, regardless who was performing.

-- Posted by ramsgirl on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 10:29 AM

Last night about 5.30 they were working Radar on southbound 55 right after the Jackson exit going south. Seems like the new Chief doesn't have a clue.

-- Posted by jcjayof61 on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 10:34 AM

ramsgirl: This is the third shooting at a Rich Homie Quan concert in the last three months:

http://www.contactmusic.com/story/rich-h...

-- Posted by Marion_Morrison on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 10:39 AM

What has happen to Cape, they better get a handle on all of these shooting events before it completely get's out of control were starting to turn in to the north-side of St Louis and Memphis, Tennessee. Strict enforcement is needed in Cape to bring these types of situations under control, got to flush out the outlaws and run them out of the City or send them to jail or both.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 11:02 AM

I agree with jcjayof61, the CGPD is in revenue generating mode. Stay off the interstate and let real Patrolman do their job.

-- Posted by foreman on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 11:06 AM

Where did they get the gun??? -- Posted by Reasoning on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 7:31 AM

At the gun store.

-- Posted by Dug on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 8:25 AM

I highly doubt that the gun was legal, it was probably bought off the street, or stolen.

-- Posted by braveheart on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 11:30 AM

So, where were all the "good guys with guns" that the NRA brags about?

-- Posted by foxtrot007 on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 8:26 AM

they are being disarmed by silly laws and a resistance to concealed carry in certain areas. the good people outnumber the bad, arm everyone and the problem will sort itself out....

-- Posted by imsoconfused on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 11:32 AM

Keep this kind of trash "concerts" out of Cape. As soon as I read this article, I figured it was a hip hop artist concert and there is where the trouble lies. I seriously doubt this would have been an issue if Aerosmith was playing. Lay off the cops people. They have a tough job just trying to keep up with all of the thugs now in Cape. If you think you can do better on a minimum salary, have at it. And, yes, I am racial profiling when it comes to these thug venues.

-- Posted by momspoppies on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 11:35 AM

They are just trying to express themselves the only way they know how.

-- Posted by foreman on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 12:20 PM

foxtrot 707."good guys with guns" DON'T GO TO RAP CONCERTS!!

-- Posted by bulletman on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 12:43 PM

My gosh I actually agree with Falcon. Our mayor and city manager have to hire more officers! With a concert like this more officers and metal detectors should be mandatory.

-- Posted by newaroundhere on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 1:06 PM

An Hip Hop/Rap show promoted by a Motorcycle Club...there's trouble...Who would have guesssed!

-- Posted by darkstar on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 1:26 PM

Can the town do anything to keep these kinds of concerts out of town?

-- Posted by Beaker on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 2:37 PM

I blame the idiots or idiot who did the shooting. Not the police or the band or the people at the concert. With over 300 million people in the US, there's bound to be a few crazys. We just met one or more.

-- Posted by southeastreader on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 3:41 PM

Like I mentioned before the attendees were an assortment of races, ages, and social class. There are shootings all over this country...and I dont care what type of music is being played....no one should be expecting gunfire to break out.When the shooter was kicked out, maybe the security should have told the police that were outside from 730pm to remove him from the property? I dont know how anyone can blame a bike club or performer? There were signs, 2 pat downs...Rich Homie Quan is a rapper, but his songs are not violent.His hit song is the anthem for the Michigan Wolverines football team.

-- Posted by ramsgirl on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 4:23 PM

It all boils down to someone trying to make money and not caring what trash they bring in.

-- Posted by Jim P on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 4:45 PM

Lots of comments, but few with productive solutions to a growing problem.

Perhaps the city needs to revisit the event licensing process. How many hired security guards are required for events such as this? It appears the current amount was not enough.

It would have been interesting to know a little more about the event. For example, how many were in attendance? The article mentioned the event was cut short. When did the event begin? When was it suppose to end?

With rampant gun firing issues (Cape and across USA), perhaps it is time to be proactive. Public schools and large event centers need to consider installing metal detectors. IMO

-- Posted by mysterious on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 5:00 PM

...When the shooter was kicked out, maybe the security should have told the police that were outside from 730pm to remove him from the property? I dont know how anyone can blame a bike club or performer? There were signs, 2 pat downs...Rich Homie Quan is a rapper, but his songs are not violent...

-ramsgirl

Well put. Security did their job. They removed the INDIVIDUAL causing trouble so everyone else could enjoy the show. It was an INDIVIDUAL returning when things went bad.

Look I don't know Rich Homie Quan or any of his music. But the rest of you stereotyping his listeners should at least agree that all but one were assembled peacefully.

-- Posted by southeastreader on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 5:22 PM

Be real ! Cape is nowhere near being like the northside of St.louis. The northside is so bad, police don't patrol the area. They only show up to clean up after a shooting.

-- Posted by Minpinwoman on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 5:36 PM

sillymom -- There was a shooting at a Jason Aldean concert in 2012. There was s hooting at a Batman movie that same summer. There was a shooting at a 49ers game in 2011 (the NFL, the largest sports industry in the country). There was a shooting at a mall just this weekend. Shootings happen because people lose their temper or are just plain nuts. The actual event is rarely at fault, instead the fault lies square on the person that lost their temper or couldn't control their emotions, etc.

Was it Jason Aldean's fault that someone got shot at his concert? Should he not be allowed to perform in public anymore? What about at the NFL game, should the 49ers not be allowed to play anymore?

-- Posted by gomer on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 5:36 PM

Try to stay on topic the caption says in the comment space. The TOPIC is should we allow this kind of venue to soil our community's reputation and safety. THE ANSWER IS A BIG FAT NO!!!!!

-- Posted by kenbert on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 6:10 PM

kenbert- This Kind Venue? It's the Cape Arena building. They have had shows there since Elvis. Why would you blame the Cape Parks Dept for this? The Venue is a nice huge building in the middle of the park.

-- Posted by timexx on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 6:17 PM

Great post Gomer!

-- Posted by timexx on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 6:30 PM

My Daddy warned me this would happen when he made me turn the Philco off as Elvis came Ed Sullivan.🎶🔫

-- Posted by rocknroll on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 7:17 PM

Homie's mix tape title: "Still goin' on-reloaded".

-- Posted by rocknroll on Sun, Jan 26, 2014, at 9:28 PM

"hire more police" "hire more police" What a popular rant. The police were outside the building. How many police? One per each person at the concert? Would that have been enough? No one can effectively stop an idiot.

"the cops were running radar on 55" Yep, we need to pull them off all the jobs they do and use a psychic to determine where the trouble will be. Then they can always be where you think they should. Let's stop all police activities except those that meet your narrow focus.

-- Posted by ParkerDaws on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 5:52 AM

As there is a greater chance of my family and myself being killed in an auto accident than being shot, I appreciate law enforcement patrolling the highways pulling over the yahoos that cause the majority of the accidents.

-- Posted by FreedomFadingFast on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 6:33 AM

The police have no business on I55 that is a federal highway. And as for as the thugs, do like Vegas did years ago have folders made for the officers that have the pictures of the thugs and there rap sheet and when they see them in town, run them out of town.

-- Posted by ssinteriors on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 7:19 AM

They should have had more security there due to the past shootings as pointed out in one of the posts. That doesn't take a psychic to figure out. Sorry, I don't think running radar on 55 is more important.

-- Posted by mo55 on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 7:52 AM

I hear folks say....what is for the kids to do in this town...Now you know why we dont send our kids to public events.....

-- Posted by jed_clampett on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 7:54 AM

We had six shots in our area a few weeks ago. Two were very loud and the other four not as loud. Made me think they were driving and shooting. Heard on scanner cops were sent out, but after a drive through left with nothing.

-- Posted by Responder1 on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 8:00 AM

When the latest in a never-ending stream of appalling violence occurs, many pose the question "Why is this happening?" The comments so far feature several variants of this question. Our society is half a century into a radical, unprecedented redefinition (read: deconstruction) of the family. A healthy family structure is the foundation of a healthy society. Should there be any doubt as to why our society appears to be unraveling?

-- Posted by Mark Rutledge on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 8:06 AM

Frankly, I am sick of all the gun fire I hear on a regular basis east of my residence. It is time our City police force concentrate on all this shooting and violence. This will NOT be accomplished writing tickets on a State patrolled Federal Hwy system. I pay separate taxes for the up keep and patrolling of I-55. Revenue is one thing but protecting and serving is what is needed NOW here in the City limits where WE pay taxes that support and pay the officers. Time to let these degenerates who break the law by shooting hand guns at will late night and early mornings know that their days here in Cape are numbered. Anytime you see any suspicious activity call the police and if they take too long to respond or, they don't respond at all, then we can complain VERY loudly and with conviction. Time for our police to put priorities over revenue building and a collar for a big pot bust on I-55 ! Let's all do our part to clean things up here in Town. JMO

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 8:10 AM

"So, where were all the "good guys with guns" that the NRA brags about?"

They're carrying their guns LEGALLY, so they wouldn't take them into the Arena Building. Nice try.

-- Posted by ZU on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 9:13 AM

Our Department needs to put together a special gang unit and start cleaning these streets up, placing the outlaws in jail and moving them out of our community. It appears that the outlaws have set up shop here in Cape and the good people are not going to put up with this type of unlawful violent activity. Support your law enforcement in helping them clean this mess up.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 9:54 AM

To the liberal (Democrat, I'm sure)who is anti-NRA and anti concealed carry, please post a sign in your yard and on your vehicle stating your beliefs so that I can avoid any contact with you anytime your life, property, family is being assaulted or threatened by person or persons....call 911 and pray; also, doubt if your mayor was at the concert--he should have had a mayoral "box" from which to view this mayhem/garbage/trash. Stay out of 'the Cape" after dark.

-- Posted by skidsteer on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 11:20 AM

foxtrot007

No NRA member wants to go to a "concert" of thugs so why don't you ask your rapper buddy why he attracts such trash?

-- Posted by born right on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 11:35 AM

I have met the new Police Chief and I am certain that he does, "have a clue", and he is aware of the escalated violence and frequent "shootings" that have occurred, and will act accordingly. Also,(jc jay), be aware that a portion of I-55 is in the city limits of Cape Girardeau, and is the responsibility of the Cape Police Department, which is the reason that you may see a traffic enforcement officer out there. A number of officers are assigned this as part of their duties. If you have a vehicle accident, or experience some type of an emergency with-in the city limits out on the interstate, you can expect a Cape police officer to assist you, and (foreman), the officers are in fact, "real patrolman". You may realize that when you need their help sometime, and finally,(ss interiors), the officers do have business out on I-55, which is with-in the city limits. "I'm sure the officers would like to "run the thugs out of town", but they have to do it lawfully. The "thugs" have constitutional rights too. Like (swamp) said, "support your local law enforcement in cleaning up this mess". Thank You!

-- Posted by arrestthem on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 12:00 PM

ssiinteriors - If you were injured in an auto accident you would be glad Cape County Ambulance responded, despite the fact it is a "federal highway"

So who should be policing the interstate? Homeland Security? But the MISSOURI Highway Patrol are out there, despite the fact it is a FEDERAL highway.

-- Posted by ParkerDaws on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 12:07 PM

The police in Cape do a fine job! They can't be everywhere at once. Law enforcement is always reactive, not pro-active. if it were the other way around we would not have a free society! As for rap, I don't care for it , but some folks do. Here again it's not the music, or the gun...it's one fool that acts out! That doesn't make all the people there, or the music, better or worse! I saw in the previous comments only one person that has absorbed the facts of this case. The shooter was kicked OUT, then came back with a gun...how do you prevent THAT!?

-- Posted by cboysrant on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 12:16 PM

As for the question,...Where did he get the gun? I'd bet anyone a 100 dollar bill it wasn't obtained legally nor was he LEGALLY ALLOWED to have one.... much less CARRY IT! All that mumbo jumbo doesn't matter right now, to the folks that got SHOT! Most of us that have a CCW license don't even carry,in public, because it's against city ordinance to carry where a sign is posted "no guns". Cape is NOT like St. Louis, or Chicago where there are shootings most every night! I THANK OUR POLICE FORCE FOR THAT!

-- Posted by cboysrant on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 12:34 PM

Why does the NRA think the guns should be concealed?

-- Posted by Shellback on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 12:44 PM

Appreciate the efforts of CGPD and all other agencies to serve & protect the public!

-- Posted by kc135e on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 1:00 PM

Here is what I've been wanting to know. WHO is the one to get sued over this? The performer? The agent? The Arena? The biker club that put it one? The Parks & Rec Dept? The City Of Cape? Who gets to go to court? With the band GREAT WHITE it ending in the hands of the band and promoter and clubs owners. Of course luck no one died in this event (yet). But who does the blame finally fall on in this? (Besides the actual shooter(s) of course.) Just wanted to see what your thoughts are....

-- Posted by timexx on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 1:28 PM

Shellback,why not?

-- Posted by rocknroll on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 2:03 PM

Why?

-- Posted by Shellback on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 3:06 PM

Shellback,I'll make an assumption. You are anti gun,any gun. As for the question,beats me. Not an NRA member. As for me,it's legal to carry unconcealed but I would just as soon no one knew it,hence I have a CC permit. That's all the legwork I'll do for you.

-- Posted by rocknroll on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 4:03 PM

First of all there is the stereotype that everyone who goes to rap concerts are thugs, that is simply not true. As it has been previously mentioned these types of things can go on at any venue no matter what kind of music was being played. I have been to a few rap concerts and this kind of stuff didn't happen. I'm not against people having guns, but places like concert halls, bars, banks, schools, etc, should not have guns in them period. Keep in mind that good people can turn bad.

ramsgirl and southeast reader you nailed it.

-- Posted by E.A. on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 4:25 PM

Imsoconfused. Your right you are so confused, time and time again we see what happens when you have weak gun laws. This also goes right in the face of good people with guns prevent gun-violence. Born right. What is your definition of thugs and trash. If your idea of a thug/trash is someone with a gun who is out to stir up trouble, using drugs, and getting into fights, then right there you just described half of the crowds that go to country concerts. swampeast, they started a gang unit a couple of years ago. Stopsign, thats just a rediculous statement. Most democrats/liberals that I know, are not against having a gun in the home. On the flip side I know many of the people on the religious right that don't like guns.

-- Posted by E.A. on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 4:49 PM

I'll bet the admission to the next rap concert that the man responsible for this shooting was not at all concerned about gun laws! I would also bet that the gun he used was not purchased legally! Who would like to take the bet?

-- Posted by arrestthem on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 5:44 PM

E.A.,what is your proposal for reducing gun violence? Why did you use the term "religious right" but used "democrat/liberal"?

Thought that terminology strange. Are you assuming something then profiling?

-- Posted by rocknroll on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 6:11 PM

Shellback,I'll make an assumption. You are anti gun,any gun.-- Posted by rocknroll on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 4:03 PM

I can't speak for Shellback, (though you seem to have no problem), but I am anti-gun for those who do not qualify! If you have a reason for a gun, whether it is hunting, sport or protection, and have met the requirements to own one, by all means, buy a gun. Buying a gun in the parking lot of a gun show from a private owner, does not cut it for me.

Arrestthem, maybe the shooter didn't obtain the firearm legally, but if he did, you can bet we won't hear it! See, people around here don't want to know the gun laws aren't being followed and enforced.

-- Posted by Reasoning on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 7:25 PM

Reasoning I haven't a bit of problem with reasonable background checks. I don't believe I spoke for anyone,just made an assumption by the tone of the post. Like I asked E.A.,whom I assume as an aversion to direct questions,and makes assumptions about a persons religion,what the heck can be done about all the illegal guns?

-- Posted by rocknroll on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 7:43 PM

How do we create or enforce an effective law that would flag psychotics attempting to buy guns? There are tests that exist which are very accurate in flagging the mentally disturbed. Most gun advocates balk at this. Why? Fear of failure?

Despite what the NRA suggests, most people aren't interested in buying a gun illegally on the shady side of town for 2-3 times the cost. This of course doesn't account for theft of firearms, but safely protected and stored weapons should be a deterrent.

One more thing, some would suggest a mentally disturbed person focused on killing someone will still attempt to do so. I agree, but no gun will make the attempt much more difficult.

-- Posted by Reasoning on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 7:58 PM

Psychiatric tests? Even a lucid Obamacrat,is that an oxymoron,( I can be just as snarky as you want to play), would,should be against that. How about a test for Muslims to see if they have a predisposition to commit mass bombings? How about a test for unwed women wanting an abortion of convenience?

-- Posted by rocknroll on Mon, Jan 27, 2014, at 9:09 PM

Hey, I like the "test" concept for mentally disturbed people going to concerts. Instead of hiring more police, we hire more psychiatrists. If we had a dozen psychiatrists interviewing each entrant we could have ruled out attendance by any mentally disturbed individual.

Better yet, every gun store would have a psychiatrist on the payroll. Anyone wanting to buy a gun would have to answer questions such as "did you hate your mother?" "Do you think your parents liked your brother best?" Then a certified mental health professional could determine whether you could buy a handgun, a shotgun, an assault rifle, a knife, or a pointed stick. Wonderful suggestion!!!

-- Posted by ParkerDaws on Tue, Jan 28, 2014, at 5:27 AM

They test prisoners when they enter prison, and separate the ones who are flagged from the general population. It works for them.

"Dead" serious, Parker and Rocknroll. What are you afraid of? The worst that could happen is we prevent murder and a sick person gets help. But hey, that is too much to ask!

-- Posted by Reasoning on Tue, Jan 28, 2014, at 5:58 AM

Arrestthem,

I think it is a shame that our town did an illegal annexation to include I-55 - frankly, that highway can be and should be patrolled by the State Highway Patrol. That said, I'm not questioning any of the patrols around the arena building. But, I'm not sure Cape needs or wants these kinds of concerts in our town.

-- Posted by Beaker on Tue, Jan 28, 2014, at 8:43 AM


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