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  •  Thanks for your valued input, rb. (12+ / 0-)

    These are hard questions with no easy, facile answers. Everyone should feel invested in discussing them.

    "Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Desmond Tutu

    by KelleyRN2 on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 02:45:23 PM PST

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    •  This is going to be a fantastically (8+ / 0-)

      unpopular comment, but here it is:

      Both poles of the gun control fight stop necessary discussion. All or nothing isn't within the realm of reality -- it's just simple. Our problems aren't simple. The first thing we need to do is embrace their complexity.

      Political rhetoric cannot embrace complexity, because complexity can't fit on a bumper sticker. That is the reason we need to address the emptiness of our political speech. Sure, everyone has a right to say empty, destructive things -- but we don't have to let those things destroy innocent people.

      What was the revenue gained by the firearm industry when the NRA convinced "the base" that Obama was going to take their guns? The NRA isn't much but a functionary that increases sales for gun companies, and makes sure that those sales continue.

      That said, firearms availablity is part of the problem -- but it really is only one part. Focusing on this purely via increasing gun control laws will not stop these crimes. We need to talk about legal infrastructure, but all of the laws in the world won't help if we don't address our deeper issues as a society.

      Breathe in. Breathe out. Forget this, and attaining enlightenment will be the least of your problems.

      by rb137 on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 03:05:35 PM PST

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      •  (((((((((((((((((((((((((rb))))))))))))))))))))))) (9+ / 0-)

        Seems to me, there are four problems that need to looked at a discussed and worked on/changed, at the same time:

        1) gun availability
        2) mental health services
        3) anti-poverty activities
        4) cultural issues like violent video games and emotional emptiness and things like that

                                 Just my two cents,
                                      Love and Hugs,
                                           Heather

        Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is inflicting it on whom.

        by Chacounne on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 04:42:20 PM PST

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