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    I missed you.  You are correct on the aborted suicides.  However, I think one of the most salient points is that no legislation being currently proposed to curtail gun violence addresses the simple fact none of the proposals would limit single shot weapons.  For example, I have a .50 caliber black powder Hawken rifle that is more than twice as powerful as a round from an AK-47.  It is a muzzle loading weapon....one round at a time.  I also have a single shot .20 gauge shotgun I inherited that is perfectly capable of blowing one's head off.  It is designed for squirrel or rabbit hunting.  

    I think the issue most needed is a serious discussion of mental health care and the desperation of people for whom the pain is far too great to contemplate living.  Do you know there is not a single psychiatrist in our area that takes insurance with the exception of the handful of doctors at the mental health center?  And it is easier to get into Fort Knox than to make it through all the firewalls of under-trained case workers who are charged with determining if you really need to see the psychiatrist.   Additionally, last time I checked, the 44-million-dollar-a-year mental health center operation only has one doctoral level clinical psychologist working there.  They serve twelve counties.

    The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

    by Otteray Scribe on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:49:00 AM PST

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