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  •  If his mother thought (4+ / 0-)

    ... she was protecting herself by owning those guns, she could not have been more wrong.

    "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!", but "That's funny..." (Isaac Asimov)

    by Land of Enchantment on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:26:07 PM PST

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    •  Agree. And I think we should reference (1+ / 0-)
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      this example to everyone who uses that "self-defense" argument, here and elsewhere, henceforth.

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      by jan4insight on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 06:57:52 PM PST

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      •  Still (0+ / 0-)

        Stricter gun laws, while needed, don't address the root causes behind these incidents. Until we change our national priorities, we will see more and more of this sort of thing.

        Quoting from The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett:

        In summary, we can see that the association between [income] inequality and violence is strong and consistent; it's been demonstrated in many different time periods and settings. Recent evidence of the close correlation between ups and downs in inequality and violence show that if inequality is lessened, levels of violence also decline. And the evolutionary importance of shame and humiliation provides a plausible explanation of why more unequal societies suffer more violence.

        “The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.” – Abraham Lincoln

        by Sagebrush Bob on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 09:15:14 PM PST

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