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On Wednesday, June 2, 2010, a "quiet" man, Derrick Bird, when on a gun rampage in several small locations across Cumbria, north-west England. Thirteen people, including him, were killed, the majority of them strangers, all of them innocent.

The reason for the rampage is under debate. It was originally thought he flipped over a will, but recent claims suggest his tax oweings were almost six times what he earned annually, and he decided to commit suicide.

Why didn't he just shoot himself, save the bloodshed? Because he's a selfish twat.
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Nuvul Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Muy bien montado. Me gusta :)
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xoja Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Gracias. :)
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richu90 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
oh my... a year on...
When you live in whitehaven, its hard to forget. all I have to say is R.I.P to all the victims of the bullets (this excludes bird).
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xoja Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It's gone by so fast..

RIP, of course, it'll stay in most minds for a long, long time.

(sorry I'm late!)
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richu90 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
Indeed...

(no problem, I've waited longer~)
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CCM Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010   General Artist
gun-rampages on random-unsuspecting-innocent are always the worst. I hate hearing them happeneing.
on another note, you say the guy who did it was Derrick Bird in your descrip., does he have anything to do with "david Bird" the first guy on the list?
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xoja Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yeah. :(

His brother.
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CCM Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010   General Artist
oh thats horrible..especially for the parents too..makes me wonder if there were deeper reasons for his rampage though.
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xoja Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
There were. He was annoyed that David was getting all the inheritance from his father, or something. Apparently he also had huge debts. They're investigating.
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Resarf280 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
apart from him
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xoja Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm not counting him as a member of the human race, let alone put him amongst the actual victims.
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Resarf280 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
I see. Love how you sparked a massive debate btw. Although I dont understand how the person earlier got so upset by your America comment. Stastistically speaking you wher compleatly justified.
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xoja Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
So I did, heh.

But yeah, this is without a doubt among the biggest guncrimes in the country, ever. Biggest one since Dunblane.
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Resarf280 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
True
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xoja Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
:nod:
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Resarf280 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
^^
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xoja Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
:D
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yorkshirejerk Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
WTH! anyways great job man...
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xoja Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Tragic. :(

Thank you.
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ShrillScream Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
The question is...
'Why didn't he just ask for help? Why didn't he just take what he earned and pay it all back gradually then just get it over with?'
I don't think anyone should kill themselves.
If money and position is more lethal over careful thinking and planning, then wow..
This is very sad though..
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xoja Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I have no idea. I mean, we have the Samaritans and that. There are sources to tap into. But, I don't know.

It is, very, very sad.
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ShrillScream Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
Yeah..so it's a unsettled balance there..
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xoja Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Rather... it's obviously far too late to retrospect, however..
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ShrillScream Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
*nods*..
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xoja Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Sigh.
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hybridinsurgency Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I really hate when people do that. Like you said, it was his problem and his desire to die. Why take a bunch of totally random people down with you? I just don't get it.
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xoja Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I really do too. Must be like, fear of going alone. Point is, utter stupidity, disregard for a moral code, and cowardice of the highest order.
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daithe Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:(
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xoja Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Indeed. :(
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xyphid Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
not feeling too sentimental, but you've portrayed it nicely
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xoja Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks. :aww:
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exquisiteoath Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Student General Artist
This was a tragedy felt here in Canada. These sorts of events are incredibly hard to understand and deal with.

Your work here is a fitting tribute to all those gone, and those left behind.
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xoja Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
As far as Canada? Wow...

I must've cried four or five times this morning, delivering the papers, seeing their photos. :(
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exquisiteoath Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Student General Artist
We still have a lot of people who are emotionally invested in "the other side of the pond".

We've seen our share of these, I remember in my teen years there was a case in Montreal where "a quiet man" took 28 lives in a random act of violence. I was 14 at the time. I still remember that day with tears (even as I type this).

My thoughts are with the families today as they deal with this horrible event.
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xoja Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yes, I totally understand that.

I think what made this stand out was that it took place in very small towns in Cumbria, population about 30,000 between them. The closeknit nature of those communities means the damage is less repairable.

As are mine, mate. As are mine.
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exquisiteoath Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Student General Artist
Trying to find some hope in all of this, I wonder if the closeknit nature of the community may allow them to grieve as a family and support each other more than an anonymous City would.

I don't know, and I certainly don't want to dismiss your point. I grew up in a town of 15,000. My University had a bigger population than my hometown (at the time, it's grown since) and we dealt with 1 man and his family (wife, 2 children) and I don't think we were ever the same as a community after that.
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xoja Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It looks like they already are. :(

I, perhaps fortunately, am not in Cumbria, and I obviously would not desire such an incident occurring near me, so I can't understand the losses here. But it affected my emotions greatly, most definitely.
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exquisiteoath Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Student General Artist
:hug:
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BloodyVagina Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man.
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xoja Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
):
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IAmPhoenixMoth Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
ah, jossu.
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xoja Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Depressing shit.
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IAmPhoenixMoth Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
it would be if it weren't so old.
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xoja Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
..Sorry? It was three days ago.
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IAmPhoenixMoth Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
the quiet man massacres. the wounded child massacres. the beaten misfit massacres. the cradled angel murders its mother.
it's an old story.
your heart must be tender still to move at the retelling.
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exquisiteoath Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Student General Artist
I can understand your frustration, but whatever the source, a culture mourns, a community mourns, a nation mourns. Your eyes must be blind to not feel for the survivors.
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IAmPhoenixMoth Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
My eyes aren't blind, only accustomed to the glare.
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exquisiteoath Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Student General Artist
This isn't the place to continue this conversation. Please understand though, that where your first response to the original art and the associated events made me angry, the above just makes me sad.
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xoja Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Sorry, but this isn't America. This doesn't happen often.
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IAmPhoenixMoth Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
It happens in more places than America and I'll thank you not to imply that again.
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