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  •  Lot's of factors (2+ / 0-)
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    involved in our current gun crazy violent society. I know people like to say other country's have violent games and entertainment and they not take to shooting each other like we do. I do think the first thing we should do is get the guns off the streets and federally regulate guns, along with making assault weapons illegal. Personally at this point I'm for repealing the misused 2nd amendment but as the gun fetishist's say that's not gonna happen.

    If however there are violent people threatening you with guns and shooting and killing daily your society the first step imo is disarming them en-mass. Australia is not what I would call a sane, civilized, peaceful place but they had enough sense to get assault rifles off the streets and make it harder to buy an arsenal of weaponry.  

    Turning around our country's top down love of force, violence and killing from 'foriegn policy' to our militarized police is a tough thing to do when we are living in a immoral corporate, security state. Ask me violence in America has been carefully nurtured along with fear of 'other'.  It's profitable and makes it easier to declare the world a battleground in order to 'keep us safe'.

    If we were a sane country we wouldn't spend 8 times more on 'defense' then any other nation. If we were not so damn institutionally violent that tax money could and would go to making our country a decent place for people to live. Poverty breeds hopelessness and fear, it is in itself a form of violence.

    We are a screw or get screwed, might makes right cruel and violent country and we've been softened since 9/11 to accept this as the 'normal'. Torture it's a tool, droning saves lives, on and on it goes. I have a hard time separating the gun violence from the society which has spawned this inhumanity. Then their is the fact that we have given up the actual rights that really do keep us safe via the Patriot Act, NDAA and our really fucked up justice system. State sanctioned violence is rampant and people seem to accept that justice means cruel and unusual. Systemic violence and a gun crazy culture go hand in hand.  

    Bin Laudin is dead and yet we still cook up a new Goldstein's to keep the fear alive and the geopolitical violent wars endless. We make war on everything you name the solution is to have a war. Human life is a commodity that the corporate security state has chained to it's profits. Poverty is a crime, look at how many are in jail and treated like animals. Human live is cheap in the USA, were all just collateral damage that need to sacrifice our human and civil rights as well as economic equity/justice.  

    Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is not possible in a society that's only agenda is power and profit and cares not for the common good of people. Fear is a good tool is cultivated carefully. FDR had a good point about fear.              

             

    •  While I am not a proponant of getting rid of guns (0+ / 0-)

      I hear yoru concerns fully. I just cannt imaging trusting our security state with not abusing thier power if I was unarmed.  While I am a defensive passifist I would not hesitate to defend myself should my home be breached withotu warrent by anyone. Would I want to.. no but would I probably. . with lots of regret post defensive action.  but defense  ends at my door.

      "We need a revolution away from the plutocracy that runs Government."

      by hangingchad on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 02:17:25 PM PST

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    •  btw I only use defensive shells. Nt (0+ / 0-)

      "We need a revolution away from the plutocracy that runs Government."

      by hangingchad on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 02:22:33 PM PST

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