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  •  I would agree (0+ / 0-)

    0 guns in society will stop almost all mass murderers.

    "I'm a progressive man and I like progressive people" Peter Tosh

    by Texas Lefty on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 11:17:41 AM PST

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    •  No, It Wouldn't (2+ / 0-)
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      Before 9/11 the worst mass murder ever in NYC was done with a can of gasoline.

      Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.

      by The Baculum King on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 12:12:41 PM PST

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      •  It's not a worthwhile conversation to have (2+ / 0-)
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        as it's all speculation.

        I see what you did there.

        by GoGoGoEverton on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 12:28:13 PM PST

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        •  A Person Determined to Kill Will Kill (1+ / 0-)
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          If your mindset becomes fixated on the idea that your life and death will somehow acquire meaning ONLY if you take a bunch of innocents with you a mere inconvenience will not stop you.

          Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.

          by The Baculum King on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 12:31:32 PM PST

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          •  While this is true (0+ / 0-)

            it's not deniable, imo, that a high-capacity weapon capable of being fired at a high-rate with little-to-no training makes it easier...and is a more accessible means to the end.

            I see what you did there.

            by GoGoGoEverton on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 12:33:47 PM PST

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            •  I Didn't Realize Degree of Difficulty (1+ / 0-)
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              Was the objective.

              Making it more difficult to shoot your husband for cheating might result in fewer perforated adulterers, but those deranged enough to kill children they don't know won't be deterred by inconvenience.

              Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.

              by The Baculum King on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 12:37:39 PM PST

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              •  There are 300million+ guns in the US. (1+ / 0-)
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                If we banned them all tomorrow, shootings would still happen and probably close to as frequently as they did the day before they were banned. I think where we need to find common ground is risk mitigation, and I think that involves keeping weapons capable of mass murder and violence out of the hands of people who need little training to use them effectively, and then getting to the root sources of why they're choosing to do so in the first place.

                Which is why the NRA/Republicans are so LOL when they talk about that, because WTF have they ever done to support public mental health programs?

                I see what you did there.

                by GoGoGoEverton on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 12:41:37 PM PST

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                •  Catching Snakes By the Tail Gets You Bit (1+ / 0-)
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                  It is simply not possible to eliminate all means of mass killing, human bodies are just too fragile. The approach, to be effective, will have to come from the other end; figuring out what makes the very few willing to do these things and how to identify them before it happens.

                  Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.

                  by The Baculum King on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 12:47:30 PM PST

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                  •  Right! yet not sans exception, The Baculum King: (1+ / 0-)
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                    I twice witnessed my mother grabbing a snake by the tail and popping it, bullwhip-fashion, very quickly. Both times she thereby killed the snake, without getting bitten herself. Once, it was to stop me stepping on the snake, and  the other time it was to stop a snake raiding a setting hen. It is not a feat I ever wanted to duplicate, because it involves grabbing the snake.

                    Any one cure we try isn't going to be enough, alone; we've got to create an approach that both diagnoses and remedies the causes, and one that prevents the effects, of whatever it is driving the individuals like the Virginia Tech shooter, the Clackamas mall shooter, the Aurora theatre shooter, or the Newtown school shooter.

                    LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

                    by BlackSheep1 on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 02:32:50 PM PST

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            •  There goes the neighborhood. (0+ / 0-)

              Conversation over.  Once the sarcasm starts, it's all over.

              Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

              by Smoh on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 03:59:42 PM PST

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      •  I'm not talking about all mass murders (0+ / 0-)

        It was more in response to school mass murders. 0 guns would probably stop almost all mass murder in schools because almost all mass murders in schools are done with firearms.  0 guns isn't going to happen anytime soon and mass murders in general can and still will happen with other weapons.  No doubt about that.  

        "I'm a progressive man and I like progressive people" Peter Tosh

        by Texas Lefty on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 07:34:48 PM PST

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    •  Hate of others... (0+ / 0-)

      ..., and the desire to do them harm, didn't appear on this planet with the invention of gun powder.

      ego sum ergo ego eram

      by glb3 on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 12:34:48 PM PST

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    •  Almost all (0+ / 0-)

      Except those committed with kerosene (David Koresh), fertilizer (Oklahoma city), smallpox (Indian wars), and have we already forgotten box cutters?

      It is a genuine good to force the bad guys to change tactics and to strew obstacles in their paths, but we need to have realistic expectations about the results.

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