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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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