Skip to main content

View Diary: Dear Founding Fathers... (89 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  well I might agree with you (0+ / 0-)

    but I am not sure.  Sure mental health is a part of the problem, but I don't see from this a solution.  Those who think lunatics are "allowed" to purchase firearms through traditional means are simply wrong.  If the laws need to be changed to improve on this prohibition, that is a likely a good thing.

    As per you assumption that I was speaking to you, the fact that my response was to another should  quell that idea.  

    •  and in fact (0+ / 0-)

      There are many sane people committing murders with weapons they legally own, and who, if it took a little more effort to take someone's life, might think the better of it. Just from the perspective of reducing domestic violence deaths alone, it makes good sense to regulate firearms.

      •  I hear what you are saying byzantium (0+ / 0-)

        and it seems heartfelt.  I am not going to discount it out of hand, but I do have a question.  If you believe murders of passion will be reduced if the killer is required to exert more effort; does that not imply that the real problem lies elsewhere?

        •  And those issues should also be address (0+ / 0-)

          If you look at murder through the lens of age and gender, 18-24 year old males have the highest rates of homicide.  I'm gonna go out on a limb here and suggest that testosterone and poor impulse control are big factors.  

          Time and life experience and social relationships are going to reduce their propensity for rash violent actions. In the meantime, reduced access to the easiest, and least personal, of tools for taking a life is going to help.

          In Israel, I seem to recall, you can't get a license to own a gun until age 27.  That, my friend, is a policy that targets gun violence and this demographic in a way that is not much different from how we license drivers.  

          You see, I'm looking at guns as a social problem not unlike smoking in public places.  And you are looking at them as what?

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site