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  •  Gun buy backs makes sense coupled to public (1+ / 0-)
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    education - if a significant percentage of gun owners realize they are endangering themselves and their loved ones with their guns, the buy backs offer a way to take those guns out of circulation safely. Persumably there will be a reduced demand to buy guns as the public education effort becomes more effective.

    It has always been the case that public health measures do the most to improve life expectancy. Tuberculosis went away when we got most people to see spitting in public as disgusting and unsafe. If we exert pressure in the direction to depict guns as unsafe, instead of empowering, over time the public perception will become more realistic.

    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Wee Mama on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 07:23:20 AM PST

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    •  Thanks for the reply (0+ / 0-)

      I can see that when people do change their minds about gun ownership, it's good to provide them with a safe opportunity to get rid of the guns. I hope you are right about the possibility of public education changing attitudes. Unfortunately, the more I read about increased gun sales in recent weeks, I feel very pessimistic about this.

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