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  •  Thanks PP (12+ / 0-)

    What gets me riled up in this whole gun control debate is we're focused on a tragedy in a completely disproportionate manner. Yes, Sandy Hook was a terrible event. But spree killings are a tiny fractions (roughly 0.5%) of the gun deaths in this country. Even banning and getting rid of every 30 round clip and semi-automatic weapon in this country would have a limited effect on the murder rate in this country. That story is lost in this discussion as well. Even if we followed Australia's example and got rid of all the so called "assault rifles", large magazines, "cop killer" bullets, etc. we'd still have dozens of gun deaths a day. It doesn't mean we shouldn't try to reduce the availability of guns but unless we want to remove all the guns in this country (and fulfill the wildest fears of the NRA and several other groups) we're not going to seriously address gun deaths in America by that route. So I think we need to discuss and deal with the other problems. And addressing those problems would do more than reduce the gun death rates as well.

    To me progress is not so much a goal as it is a process and I believe it will not follow a straight course. Remember, the drops of water that form the river may not take the shortest path but they will still reach the ocean.

    by ontheleftcoast on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 06:09:25 PM PST

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    •  Agreed. /nt (6+ / 0-)

      Thank your stars you're not that way/Turn your back and walk away/Don't even pause and ask them why/Turn around and say 'goodbye'/Just wish them well.....

      by Purple Priestess on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 06:41:58 PM PST

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    •  So true.. we need Weapons Control AND (2+ / 0-)
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      an effective set of initiatives to address the depth of the fear and despair among many young people of color.

      Figures don't lie, but liars do figure-Mark Twain

      by OregonOak on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 07:49:51 PM PST

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      •  Insane spree killers are almost always (0+ / 0-)

        white males. While there is more black on black gun violence, it's usually with some purpose in mind, however stupid.

        •  Upper middle class, or upper class (0+ / 0-)

          white males.  Virginia tech was the exception.

          In this case and the Aurora theater shooting both of the shooters fathers were bankers who were involved somehow in the LIBOR scandal.  Which seems weird and conspiratorial until you realize that the scandal was just that wide reaching.

          The revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

          by AoT on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 11:08:04 AM PST

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      •  See, here's where I disagree (0+ / 0-)

        I think that holds for young white men in this society as well.

        Seriously, a lot of young white men in this society are mentally, emotionall, and spiritually broken as much (if not more) than their counterparts in the POC community.

        Only difference in that respect, it seems to me, is more money on the part of young white men (in many cases) to try to substitute those lost feelings with "stuff."

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