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  •  We still need to tackle the problem, even so. (9+ / 0-)

    It's just a start, it's not perfect. And it will get the legislative branch discussing the topic, so I say go for it.

    •  Consider that (9+ / 0-)

      as a society, we have made enormous inroads against the mayhem and grief caused by drunk drivers, using measures aimed at the individuals responsible, as well as by a campaign to make getting behind the wheel while smashed socially unacceptable, rather than by broad based restrictions on cars. My kids (early 20's) and their friends would never think of such a thing, they always have a designated driver, and would call someone for a ride in a heartbeat rather than attempt to pilot a vehicle even a short distance when intoxicated. Granted, cars and firearms are very different, but peer pressure and social disapproval are very powerful forces.

      "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

      by happy camper on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 09:23:18 AM PST

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      •  I'd be for yearly renewing of gun licenses (2+ / 0-)

        and registration. That's another approach, and would generate income for victims of gun violence.

        Surround the problem with more than one type of solution to isolate down to the perpetrators.

      •  I agree, happy camper. (1+ / 0-)
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        Sometimes we have to remember that things done for the greater good eventually end up as being considered common sense behavior. When I was in middle school my locker partner was killed by a drunk driver. He struck her while she was walking along the side of the road and drug her body as he sped away. He had political connections and back then NOTHING was done to him. I remember the mayor saying "The poor man feels bad enough."

        Just as younger kids today know not to drink and drive, you can imagine how impossible it would be today for that driver to get off so easily.

        Another example: When mandatory seatbelt legislation was introduced there was outrage over the 'infringement' of the right to not wear a seatbelt. Now that so many lives are saved every year by those belts, no one complains.

        In our society there are some infringements that are necessary for the greater good. A ban on certain kinds of weapons and clips is for the greater good. A ban on shouting 'fire' in a crowded theater--for the greater good.

        There will always be people that yell about infringements on their 'freedoms'. But in the long run, in a cases like this, it would be nice if the 'greater good' prevailed.

        "Religion is the smile on a dog." Edie Brickell

        by zesty grapher on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 12:24:39 PM PST

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