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  •  Pragmatically, the next steps (2+ / 0-)
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    will have to be determined by what votes can get a majority in Congress and a majority of public support.  

    The low hanging fruit seems to be insanely high capacity weapons like the one the shooters in the Connecticut school and the Colorado movie theater used.  Restricting access to these and to high capacity magazines would seem to be the easiest prospects.  

    An easy to identify goal, but one which will prove much harder to get a handle on, is that of improving access to mental health care for young people who are at risk of developing a problem that will be harder to treat as they age beyond adolescence.  

    A lot of the discussion around that issue lacks consensus and much of it is misinformed.  No use thinking Congress is better informed about this area.  Real progress could take many years.  

    It would be easier to satisfy a lot of people by installing armed guards in schools, even though this has little or no chance of really providing relief.  Instead, this will burden school districts across the country with another budget burden that will result in fewer teachers or school librarians or programs that benefit students.  

    Most likely, once the low hanging fruit has been dealt with, the debate will stall in the complexity of it all.  

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 01:13:08 PM PST

    •  I think you nailed it (0+ / 0-)

      Especially this part:

      The low hanging fruit seems to be insanely high capacity weapons like the one the shooters in the Connecticut school and the Colorado movie theater used.  Restricting access to these and to high capacity magazines would seem to be the easiest prospects.  
      It won't be hard for him to push for banning rapid-fire weapons, boosting mental health resources, and overall education about gun safety.

      But you're question is key because if none of these strategies reduces gun violence/mass shootings, the gun lobby will say "told you so."

      The civil rights, gay rights and women's movements, designed to allow others to reach for power previously grasped only by white men, have made a real difference, and the outlines of 21st century America have emerged. -- Paul West of LA Times

      by LiberalLady on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 01:21:57 PM PST

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      •  Completely agree (0+ / 0-)

        They seem to be saying they're only interested in the easy stuff. But that easy stuff isn't really going to make a meaningful difference to the overall numbers.

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