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  •  After not having much time for this site for (4+ / 0-)

    while, I finally logged on today specifically to rec this diary and its comments.

    Just a couple days ago, a relative posted a comment to the effect that we don't blame cars for drunk drivers who kill people so why do we blame guns for shooters killing people.  It received numerous likes and all the responses other than mine were clapping him on the back for his brilliance.  Mine was the response that pointed out that our society works hard to keep cars out of the hands of drunks but does nearly nothing to keep guns out of the hands of shooters.  It did not get one like.  What the hell is wrong with people?

    Today, I posted my first ever political comment on Facebook, other than hopefully gentle responses to the over the top stupidity of certain religious and other right wing comments.  It was as follows:

    "While I try mightily to avoid politics here on Facebook, it is time for a fact (not an opinion) to be stated. I'm sure you've all heard the tired old rant of "guns don't kill people, people kill people", as though most everyone who's killed by a gun would just be killed by a different method if a gun hadn't been available.

    The truth is, last Friday an evil, crazy man went into a school in China, wielding a knife because they are not allowed to have guns. He slashed 22 people, most of them children. Not one died. Yesterday, an evil, crazy man went into a school in Connecticut, wielding guns that were easily available to him. He shot at least 27 people. They all died.

    Our Consititutional right to bear arms can be maintained with some modicum of common sense. It does not have to be at the extreme position of the NRA, who we should all recognize MUST politicize the issue in order to generate donations and support and thereby the incredible salaries and benefits of the leaders of that organization.

    We do not have to accept that every person has the irrefutable right to own any kind of gun they choose, regardless of the potential danger and harm to others. Automatic weapons, assault rifles, etc. are not needed for self protection nor for hunting. If people want to use them as a toy, then limit those toys to shooting ranges. Other than on shooting ranges, they have one purpose - to kill or maim other human beings.

    We need reasonable laws to keep this kind of dangerous item out of the hands of the evil and crazy people this country seems to be crowded with these days. Besides having some common sense limits on what kinds of guns people can carry around with them, we need to have common sense laws limiting who can get any kind of gun and common sense laws on establishing civil and criminal liability those who are careless with their guns and negligently permit them to be used in such horrendous actions as those of yesterday.

    My heart bleeds for those children, the brave teachers and staff who died trying to protect them, and all their families. I hope that Finally this country will decide to take some steps to ensure that these kinds of shootings don't continue to take place because the politicians in this country are too afraid of the NRA to take action to protect our children and other citizens. We have to give our kids a chance and we just can't let the NRA and their ilk win a battle that puts their financial and political rewards ahead of the lives of the children of this country.

    I swear, if I hear one more person trot out that old canard one more time, I'm going to scream. Can we please drop the simplistic bumper sticker slogans as begin treating this subject as a serious one that needs actual rational discussion. Please?"

    "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

    by gustynpip on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 11:32:22 AM PST

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      "We do not have to accept (the idea) that every person has the irrefutable right to own any kind of gun they choose."
      In addition to the points I mentioned above, I would like to reach a point where an individual would need to demonstrate a legitimate need to purchase a weapon. And being paranoid and uninformed is not sufficient to demonstrate need.

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