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    I think we can also take some warnings from laws that try to prevent behavior rather than prevent victims of crimes.  For instance driving while impaired should be a crime, but are checkpoints the best way to prevent this crime.  What we are trying to prevent is dangerous driving,so if someone is driving dangerously for any reason, be it drugs, talking on the phone, whatever, there should be a serious consequence for that.  Instead, presumably because we don't really want a serious consequence on certain people record, we punish the behavior in such a way that some people can be shielded.  For instance finding the Bush children drunk in a bar.

    Smoking, like guns, is are inherently dangerous when used as directed.  Smoking, like most drug consumption, is probably done is private homes and clubs and designated public locations.  This would likely be an acceptable situation for guns as well.

    In most situation guns are not going to help.  I know that all these boys live in a fantasy world where they are going to be the hero they never would be otherwise because of guns and girls will finally pay attentions to them, but how often does that happen?  And did no one see Waco, and how ineffective civilians weapons were?

    Certainly real penalties for creating hazardous situations or death will help.   Your student brings a gun to school, as happens around the country, the parent are in jail.  Loaded gun within mile of a school, large fine.  Gun intimidation, broadly defined, jail.  We can't be afraid of laws that will put people in jail for reckless endangerment.  It makes more senese than what they might do.

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