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  •  Can somebody tell me what could have been in place (2+ / 0-)
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    that would have totally and completely prevented Adam Lanza from making his choices as he did?

    This is a bit different then asking what we can actually do now: what COULD have been in place prior to this that would have clearly and predictably prevented it?

    I gather from the emotion in many posts about all this that some feel very strongly that certain things would have completely prevented this.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 05:03:25 AM PST

    •  I don't believe any one thing or combo could have (3+ / 0-)
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      although i agree with McCrystal. Why make it easier for them?

      I think serious action is necessary,” McChrystal said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “Sometimes we talk about very limited actions on the edges and I just don’t think that’s enough….The number of people in America killed by firearms is extraordinary compared to other nations. And I don’t think we’re a bloodthirsty culture, and so I think we need to look at everything we can do to safeguard our people.”
      Get rid of high capacity magazines. Look to see if there is a practical way towards an AWB (can't be a  standalone) wilt less loopholes. Do the background checks. Look at mental health issues, funding, support.

      If Newtown cannot have been prevented, that is not an excuse to do nothing. Newtown is not the only town to experience gun violence.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 05:12:38 AM PST

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      •  I wish McCrystal had said "firearm homicide" (0+ / 0-)

        instead of "killed by". Too often I see suicide added to the mix, not that suicide isn't worth working on too, but I don't think that's what's being discussed.

        As I re read I notice you too use the term "gun violence".

        Suicide and homicide are different.

        I think that before we can rationally discuss issues gun we need to decide what it is we are talking about.

        Gun deaths are increasing for instance, gun homicide is on a long downward trend.

        How big is your personal carbon footprint?

        by ban nock on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 07:17:12 AM PST

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    •  The lesson of Norway is that... (3+ / 0-)
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      ..."totally and completely preventing" mass weapon atrocity is impossible.

      But they very likely won't experience another multiple victim murder by firearm for decades.  

      When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 05:33:16 AM PST

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