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  •  Decent point, but (3+ / 0-)
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    cyncynical, Miniaussiefan, BeninSC

    I'm not sure I want to limit my concern to the rare events of mentally ill people causing mass murders. I think we can do some things about gun control (ahem, safety) that could also reduce the murder and murder/suicides around domestic violence scenarios, or the "child shoots friend by accident" scenarios, and others that do not involve the mentally ill.

    While you are wordsmithing, I would also point out that this drumbeat about "shooting deaths" = "do something about the mentally ill" is a huge and unspeakable injustice to those living with mental illness since they are no more likely (in fact less likely) to be perpetrators of crime and violence.

    Whether sane, or insane, the person who violently kills others was able to do so more easily with a gun than not. The gun also requires less forethought and chance of second thought than many other methods of fatal violence might. And it is more impersonal, in that the shooter can effect death from a greater distance, and need not be in close proximity to their victim as would be the case with some other weapons.

    "...you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem." Mitt Romney

    by Catte Nappe on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 11:14:42 AM PST

    •  Re "mentally ill" focus (0+ / 0-)

      Catte, your points are all well taken, but in terms of the most powerful locus of the argument, the fact that gun massacres are always the work of the few violently inclined mentally ill is the truth and the hardest to refute. As I have a mentally ill son myself, I am acutely aware of the stigma problem, but reducing the possibility of crazy gunmen mass-murdering children will do more to reduce stigma than any other thing I can think of right now.

      •  Why are you thinking so narrowly, though? (0+ / 0-)

        The number of people killed in mass shootings pales in comparison to the numbers killed in other gun violence incidients, and accidents. If we are going to tackle the matter of gun safety we might as well cover the spectrum there.

        "...you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem." Mitt Romney

        by Catte Nappe on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 10:34:25 AM PST

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