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  •  It's male-under-35-itis (2+ / 0-)
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    Troubadour, raincrow

    Nuff said.

    •  That is so unfair (1+ / 0-)
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      ebohlman

      said female-over-45.

      Is there a mental health component to the shooting and to other shootings as well? Yes, but how do we address that without stigmatizing and harming people with mental health issues? Because I have a friend with a very serious diagnosis and she is the kindest person I know.

      Have most of the shooters been young men? Yes, but am I surrounded by young men who are trying to do good and make the world better? Yes, so that seems like a faulty connection, or at least an incomplete one, to me.

      Guns are what all these tragedies have in common.

      Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. --Mark Twain

      by Debby on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 08:15:28 AM PST

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        Debby

        Although the vast majority of mass shooters have been men (I can think of at least two women) they represent a tiny, tiny, tiny minority of men (even late teen/early twentysomething men) and it is a serious logical error to try to attribute their behavior to some traits held in common by all or most men. And it is an even more serious error to assume that it means that we have to make major systematic changes in the way males are raised.

        In a dog-eat-dog world, rabies is an advantage in the short term.

        by ebohlman on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 06:58:05 PM PST

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