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  •  If they haven't got the thing then they can't use (12+ / 0-)

    it to act out thier mental or emotional or political or sexual problems...  When we prevent people from bashing thier neighbor over the head for whatever reason, people get more willing to listen to reason. As long as we leave that door open as a way for individuals to deal with whatever problems they have we will never deal with the underlying causes. First thing you gotta do is disarm people and then they can talk otherwise it is a lot of threats and yelling and screaming and dying. Never gonna cure us of being human but maybe we can teach people how to handle disappointment and rage and feelings of being marginalized. The wild west ideal has got to go because it IS NOT the most vicious, the biggest, the meanest, most self-centered that will bring us to a better world or at least to survive ourselves in the one we are frigging up. They are dealing with life as if it begins and ends with thier birth and thier death.

    Fear is the Mind Killer...

    by boophus on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 05:53:45 PM PST

    •  They do just grab something else. (2+ / 0-)
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      BlackSheep1, FrankRose

      It's an illness or a failure of anger management.

      It is not a sane thought to initiate the scene of the death of another. It is NOT SANE.

      Hey, when I was helping an ex-gf with her masters in medieval art history, I saw a LOT of art depicting all sorts of cruel bloody actions, that had nothing NOTHING to do with guns. Seriously, some of the crap they did back then was way way WAY worse than all of the combined nastiness that was done at Abu Ghraib. And it was all done without guns. Not one firearm of any sort had any role.

      It's not the thing that is the downfall, it is when a head gets twisted so badly that it formulates insane ideas.

      We trust sane people with guns, with surface to surface missiles, with aircraft carriers, with tanks and with nuclear weapons. If the person is sane, you could trust that person with the button of doomsday planetary extermination itself.

      But I remember high school chemistry class, and we all know that some things like mixing bleach and ammonia cause gravely dangerous reactions. When a person isn't sane, you can't trust them with anything, not even the stuff under the kitchen sink or the cleaning closet.

      And that's the crucial point... It's safe to trust a sane person with the keys to nuclear weapons, but it's not safe to trust an insane person with the stuff in the kitchen.

      Let's fix the people. Let's heal the people.

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